On your marks, get set, go! Portishead's own Olympics
Thursday 3 August 2017
Across the UK people are gearing up for the Special Olympics Great Britain National Games next week, which will see 2,600 British athletes with learning disabilities and autism competing in 19 different sports.
However, in Portishead, people supported by Brandon have already held their own “Portishead Olympics”. The event was organised entirely by Steve who we support in Clevedon – from organising the venue and publicity, to providing food and certificates for the competitors.
Despite forecasts of rain, the day got off to a sunny start which competitors took advantage of playing a fast-paced game of rounders. After recharging their batteries with a BBQ buffet, play resumed inside with events such as skittles and egg-and-spoon race closely fought.
But as Steve noted, the sports day offered people more than just a chance to get active:
"Some people like sports, some people don’t, but it’s not a day about sports, it’s a day to get people to know each other from different areas."
People came from as far as London to attend the event, alongside many from the local area. We're already looking forward to next year!