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Special Olympics GB Games to be held at Scots university

Stirling will host the anniversary event, involving 1200 athletes, next summer.

Stirling University: Games will take place in August 2018.
Stirling University: Games will take place in August 2018. CC

An anniversary Special Olympics GB games is to be held in Stirling in 2018.

The games are being held in August to celebrate both the Special Olympics' 40th year in Britain and the 50th birthday of the worldwide movement.

It was founded by US president John F Kennedy's sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, in 1968.

The Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games will involve around 1200 athletes and 400 coaches and officials.

As well as athletes from all GB Regions, a number of European countries will be invited to take part in the Games.

All athletes and coaches will be accommodated on campus at the university.

Access to all sports will be free to the public.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Stirling University principal and vice-chancellor, said: "We are delighted that the University of Stirling will host the Special Olympics Anniversary Games in August 2018.

"As Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence, Stirling is proud to be affiliated with this event, which celebrates the excellent work of the Special Olympics in transforming lives through the joy of sport while striving to end discrimination."

He added: "At Stirling, we're proud that the work of our staff, students and alumni makes a tangible difference to people's lives around the world and that's clearly a passion we share with the Special Olympics.

"As a keen sports fan, I am looking forward to seeing some of the wide range of sports including swimming, cycling, football and table tennis.

"We look forward to giving the 1200 athletes, their families, support staff and fans a warm Stirling welcome when they arrive on campus next year."

The games will take place from August 9 to 12, 2018.

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