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Disabled athlete brings flame of hope to Falmouth
9:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
The Flame of Hope arrived in Falmouth on the first day of its journey to Bath where the National Summer Games have started.
Organised by Special Olympics GB, the games, the country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, will see 1,700 athletes compete in 12 sports across five days.
The torch relay began in Much Wenlock in Shropshire on Friday morning and its stop on The Moor in Falmouth later that day was the only one in Cornwall. The Flame of Hope was greeted by town mayor, Geoffrey Evans, councillor Maureen Davies and the director of Falmouth Art Gallery, Louise Connell.
Also there were two Cornish athletes who will be competing at the games this week. Julie Morgan, 50 and from Camborne, is hoping to excel in carpet bowls while Robbie Hampshaw, 17 and from Newquay, will be taking to the tennis court.
Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “The Torch Relay is a great opportunity to raise awareness for the Special Olympic National Games in the South West of England.
“We want to ensure that everyone around the South West knows about the Special Olympics movement and the opportunities it provides for people of all ages and abilities with intellectual disabilities to get involved in our year-round programme of sports training and competition.”
After posing for photos with Julie and Robbie, Mr Evans agreed to support the games’ Facebook and Twitter campaign, #1bigsmile, which encourages people to take photos of themselves with a cut-out smile.
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