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Looking Back to 2013

Tom Maitland ChairmanWelcome to the chairman

We are pleased to announce that our new Chairman is Mr Tom Maitland (sports coach) and general all round nice guy. I feel sure that Special Olympics will go forward with not only a new chairman but also some new ideas.

We hope to get a more varied selection of sports on offer in the sports hall soon hopefully there is money in the pipe line to help finance this. The main problem for this is getting qualified coaches but as we have gained two more potential coaches this week this should take some of the pressure off further down the line.

You will find Tom’s contact details on our “contact us” page.


LogoBrilliant News

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

I am delighted to let every one know that we have been awarded a fund of £19k from the Big lottery/Sunderland Echo. This is going to make such a difference to us.

We applied for the money to help sustain us for the forthcoming year.  To enable us to expand our learn to swim lessons which are in great demand so many little children unable to learn to swim in general swim classes, now we will be able to double our intake of learners.

Apart from this, we now have a small amount of money to help with traveling/accommodation expenses to competitions.

I would like to thank every one that voted for us, families, friends, supporters, and strangers who just thought ours was a deserving cause.

Thank you so much Maureen and Elaine for the help and support you gave me in times of stress while completing the application.

Now we can go ahead in keeping our athletes on the pathway to sport.

October 2013

Big Lottery Logo

1 - 1 Swimming Lessons....

We are delighted to announce that thanks to The Big Lottery Funding we are now able to open our own Swimming classes.  We can now provide 1-1 swimming lessons for youngsters with learning disabilities starting at 7 years old.  Our teachers are all DBS cleared and have the required qualifications.

If your youngster can already swim why not come along to Raich Carter 3-5p.m. any Saturday and let them have a try at Judo Badminton Curling and Swimming.

Please visit our contact page and get in touch with us if you would like more details.

November 2013

1 - 1 Swimming Lessons....

We are happy to say we now have 10 youngsters learning to swim with us in 1to 1 swimming lessons. We are delighted with the progress made by them all.

We have had four swimmers completed a course of lessons having gained the ability to swim a full length of a 25 meter pool. This is the aim of our lessons.
Two swimmers have continued to train with Sunderland Special Olympics, they are now able to hold their own in the pool with our experienced swimmers. What an achievement when they joined completely unable to swim or in fact too scared of the water to get in the pool at all.

I have to say a very well done to our coaches Rachel and Trevor a very satisfactory result for these youngsters and Special Olympics Sunderland.

I also have to report that three of our young men are undergoing training for their lifeguard certificates, we are all very proud of them well done Andrew Larmar Andrew smith and Brad Gowland good luck for your assessment.

Swimmers at Blyth Gala

Well done every one you were Fantastic

What a wonderful and very successful day we had on Sunday 13th October 2013 at the Northumberland Special Olympics Swimming Gala, especially for our younger swimmers.  I know they were nervous as first timers but they did themselves proud and soon forgot the nerves once they hit the water and of course a medal to take home always builds confidence.

It was a delight to see them have such a great time, we are very proud of them.

The day went without any problems and it was a delight to have so many well behaved youngsters with us.  It always makes me feel good when our youngsters are complimented on their good behaviour. Parents should take credit for that, so thank you all.

Of course our older more experienced swimmers didn't let us down, they all performed well as they usually do.

Well done every one you were Fantastic.

I am very pleased to announce that Linda Brewis, our crazy marathon lady, has completed her first run in aid of "Special olympics sunderland"... 

Even though she had to battle through snow just to get to the start line.  Well done Linda and a big thank you also goes to Lisa and Kerry, who were linda's support runners.  Kerry said "they enjoyed it" (now that I find difficult to understand!). 

If you would like to donate click on Linda's just giving page .

Linda’s MaraMonthAthon

Linda Brewis a friend of our’s and supporter of Special Olympics Sunderland. She has challenged herself, to run a marathon a month in 2013. The money raised will be donated to Special Olympics Sunderland, and will help us in our work.

All workers are volunteers so not one penny is taken out for anything not connected to the youngsters.  Local money, spent locally, for local people.

If you would like to donate to Linda’s challenge click on her just giving page uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LindaBrewis and make your donation. 

If you would rather not do this then I can do it for you.  Just let me know how much and give me your money.  Kath


Goodbye 2013

Hello everyone I would like to give you a run down of the last year with Special Olympics Sunderland.  We started 2013 with our AGM which made a couple of small changes.  The main one being the resignation of our Chairman Mr. Ronnie Scott.  He was replaced by Tom Maitland.  Our treasurer Mr. Stephen Ferguson also resigned and was replaced by Mr David and Mrs Elaine Arkley who will jointly hold this post.

In March we held our 5th Swimming gala which once again was a big success with 80 visiting competitors.

In May we had our 1st "friendly" meeting with Northumberland SO which went off with a bang ranging from races to water polo and games for younger swimmers.

We attended Northumberland SO annual gala and Yorkshire and Humberside gala with great results from both.

We have throughout the year continued fundraising and in January had an offer from Linda Brewis a marathon runner and tri-athlete to raise funds for us by challenging herself to run a marathon a month. This has been very difficult to complete for Linda, running through all kinds of weather in all kinds of terrain. I am pleased to report she completed her final marathon in December and has raised approx £1500 for us.

We have recently been presented with a cheque for £1,000 from the Law Society of Sunderland. This was raised by Mr Gavin Sword the society's chairman by hosting a dinner for members of the society.

We have also received funding from "Big Lottery" through the Community Foundation of £19,000.

All money raised is an asset to the running of Special Olympics Sunderland and we are more than grateful for it all. We have had donations made by family and friends of the group for which we say thank you.

All funding is ring fenced in that it can only be used for the purpose it was requested.

The hope for 2014 is that we can build the club now we have the funds so please spread the word.


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