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Blackpool Polar Bears

Jonathab and Nicholas

Blackpool Polar Bears hosted their annual gala in September 2016 we had three of our swimmers attend.

Lucy Bridson our longest serving swimmer was unfortunately taken ill the evening before the meeting and had to return home without taking part. Such a shame as she was determined to gain yet another Special Olympics Medal.

Thankfully Lucy has now recovered and was back to swimming yesterday.

Our other swimmers attending, Jonathan and Nicholas Balls who are two of our newer members returned home with Gold and Silver medals. Well done boys we are so pleased to have you as part of our competitive swimming team. We look forward to many years of you both swimming with us.

Our next competition will be in Harrogate on 19th November 2016 so we are all looking forward to that.

  Broomley Grange

Bromley Grange

We had a wonderful day at Broomley Grange again in August.

With every one having a good time, even the dads who managed to get lost while orienteering!!  And then managed to get themselves wet and dirtier than anyone else, but it was Kyle to the rescue and he found them after a man hunt went out.

It was a shame that due to holidays we had only a small uptake for the visit. We were only a small group going but I’m sure the photo’s tell there own story and every one had a great day.



Visit our photo album web page

August 2016

Duke of Edinburgh AwardGold award

Congratulations to five members who have achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Andrew Larmar Caitlin Morris and Laura Ferguson went to St James's Palace to receive their

Alex Clelland will attend St James Palace in 2016.   Brad Gowland and was not able to go but still has his certificate.

Well done everyone it was very hard work but you did it we are all proud of you.

November 2015

Yorkshire and Humberside Special Olympics Swimming Gala

November 2015

Well done to our swimmers that attended the Yorkshire and Humberside swimming gala last

They did so well and exceeded our expectations of them.

Our youngest and newest members swam well and made us proud.

Thank you to Tom, Graham, Sally and Karen who
helped and cheered on our swimmers.                                                                    Link to published results

It's nice to see our athletes using their talents and athletic prowess.

Ryan LindseySophie Campion

We have two of our trampoline athletes Sophie Campion and Ryan Lindsey working together to show support and encouragement to each other in the sport.

Their aim is to gain their Blue Peter badges.

They show good examples of team spirit and we look forward to seeing your badges soon.


Thank you every one who attended Special Olympics Sunderland Annual Swimming Gala

on Sunday 22nd March 2015.

Special Olympics Sunderland Gala 2015

We had more swimmers than ever this year numbering just short of 100 and as many supporters.  Everything seemed to go well with no drama's all seemed to have a good time.

I would very much like to thank our volunteers we had some that travelled with other teams, our own volunteers that turn up every week, and still gave up their Sundays. 

Last but not least two volunteers that came along from The University. Charis and Nathan I have to say they were an asset, so helpful and friendly please feel free to come along any time!

Our thanks must go to Paralympic Swimmer Harriet Lee who came along and Wowed the swimmers, they loved her and she gave her time freely thank you Harriet.

Swimming Gala 2015

Last but certainly not least our stalwart supporters Mr John Lipscome and Brian Franklin from the Seaburn Rotary club. Thank you gentlemen your support is greatly appreciated.


Link to published results.



What a very successful year our athletes have had in 2014....

Brad Andrew and Andrew

Three of our athletes Caitlin Morris, Brad Gowland and Andrew Larmar took up the challenge and succeeded in gaining their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.  

They did this by surviving in the open for 24 hours and where they had to not only find their way from point A to point B (Brad reported he walked 200 mile!!) but also look after and feed themselves independent of any support a massive achievement for them,



They will be going to St James’s Palace to collect their award later in the year.

CaitlinBrad, Andrew Larmar and Andrew Smith went on to take part in the swimmers rescue and survival course. They not only completed the rescue but they also survived!! This is a very intense course but with help from their coaches Trevor and Tom, they achieved the certificate without too many problems.

Andrew Smith has since completed his level 1 Teaching Aquatics course and has yet another certificate to add to his portfolio.

Our athletes have accomplished these challenges with their own efforts, without any assistance from any person or organisation.

Of course we are proud of all our athletes and I am sure we are on track for more mammoth achievements this year.



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Well done Peter, Ruby, Andrea and dad Peter Jobling for doing the Colour Run this morning. Its good to see you are all nicely covered with different colours!! Even Ruby had some yellow and she only wanted Pink!!  I'm glad the weather dried up for you.


21st September 2014

Colour Run
Junior GNR



Our very own Sophie Campion ran the junior North Run and finished a full minute in front of her mam.

Well done Sophie what a girl!!



September 2014



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