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Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm that a young Sheffield dentist has filled the 400th volunteer slot – which marks the halfway point in the volunteer search – to sign up for the forthcoming Special Olympics National Summer Games to be held in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this August. In the region of 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities will take part in the 20 sport events.

Adam Holder is 25 years old and lives in the Stannington area of the city. He joins postmen, students, butchers, countryside officers and many more professions who are volunteering for the Special Olympics National Games.

Although he has never volunteered for Special Olympics before, Adam has been inspired by the Special Olympics atmosphere being built in the city.
Adam commented: “I’ve been tracking the great work of Special Olympics and their outstanding athletes with learning disabilities since the launch of the Games around 18 months ago. I’m a Sheffield United fan and I saw it advertised and promoted there at Bramall Lane. In addition my dad works for National Grid and they have been a big supporter of Special Olympics for 10 years.

“The job I do now is working with people with additional needs, be it a complex medical history or learning difficulties on a regular basis.
“”I’m also a qualified football referee and junior sports leader so I feel it would be nice to get involved. I was also encouraged to get involved by my boss who is a consultant in special care dentistry in Sheffield. Promoting physical activity to improve health and wellbeing is something the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust is keen to support as part of their commitment to the local community.”

Chris Hull of Special Olympics GB said: “We are delighted with the success of our recruitment campaign that has resulted in 50% of volunteers completing the registration to be a part of our National Summer Games and we still have six months to go.
“We are encouraging more people to come on board as soon as possible to reach our target of 800 volunteers. However, we also a calling out for those many people who have started the volunteer process online and need to complete it in order to become an official volunteer and receive their volunteer kit and training.
“Adam’s online registration marks a very exciting and significant milestone in our quest to recruit an enthusiastic and diverse team of volunteers who will be integral to the success of this very unique event.

“For many from the South Yorkshire community, this will be their introduction to Special Olympics GB and their first opportunity to meet our athletes and provide the support needed across a range of operational and field of play areas as they compete in 20 different sports – all hoping to achieve their personal bests and be the best they can be in Sheffield.”
“The volunteers will be the main backdrop of the Special Olympics National Games and set the tone each day, in every venue, for great competition, high octane spectator support and a huge celebration of sport played in true Olympic spirit.
“We now move on to the next important phase where volunteer roles are assigned, training is delivered and 800 individuals become one cohesive and very committed team. We can’t wait for the Games to begin in Sheffield!”

Special Olympics GB’s tenth National Summer Games will be held for the second time in Sheffield – the first back in 1993. This is the largest disability sports event of 2017 and entry is free to the public for all sporting action. Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

The National Summer Games will open on Tuesday 8th August – with a spectacular opening ceremony at Bramall Lane – and will continue with four days of sport. It is the showpiece event every four years for the organisation and its athletes. Almost 1.5 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability.
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A list of the 20 sports and 13 venues at Special Olympics 2017 National Games include:
Football (Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park – SHUSP), Athletics (Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Centre – SHUCAS), Swimming (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Boccia (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Badminton (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Table Tennis (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Judo (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Young Athletes ‘Come & Try’ (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Powerlifting (Forge Valley Community School), MATP (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Gym Rhythmic (Ice Sheffield), Gym Artistic (Ice Sheffield), Golf (Rother Valley Golf Club), Sailing (Pugneys Watersports Centre & Country Park), Basketball (All Saints Sports Centre), Netball (All Saints Sports Centre), Short Mat Bowls (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Tennis (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Ten Pin Bowling (Hollywood Bowl), Cycling (Forge Valley Community School), Equestrian (Parklands Equestrian Centre), Indoor Bowls (Doncaster Indoor Bowls Club).

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For further information or interviews, contact Chris Hull on 07713193927
For more information about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017, please visit: http://www.sheffield2017.org.uk