Judo pair representing GB at Special Olympics games

Holly Tadman and Thomas Farley
Holly Tadman and Thomas Farley

TWO athletes from 1066 Country have been chosen to represent the country at the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Belgium this year.

Judo enthusiasts Holly Tadman, from St Leonards, and Thomas Farley, from Peasmarsh, near Rye, are part of a team of 48 sportsmen taking part in the event, which runs from September 13 to 20 in Antwerp.

More than 2,000 athletes with learning disabilities from 58 countries are competing in 10 sports events, namely athletics, artistic gymnastics, football, bocce, badminton, unified basketball, cycling, judo, table tennis and swimming.

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

It is the European showpiece event for Special Olympics, which is held every four years for the organisation and its athletes.

Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, said: “Congratulations to all those who have been selected to represent Special Olympics GB at the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Belgium.

“It will be a very proud moment for all the athletes to represent their country and I wish them all the best with their preparations before the Games begin in September.”

Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB chief executive officer (CEO), said: “I would like to congratulate every single member of our team who will represent Great Britain in Antwerp at the European Summer Games.

“We are proud of each and every athlete and we know they will strive to be the very best they can.”