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Welsh athletes head to Bath for Special Olympics

Welsh athletes will be competing against others from around the UK. Photo:

More than 100 Welsh athletes will be taking part in the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics in Bath tonight.

The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games are held every four years, for people with a learning disability. Athletes are competing in 12 sports between Thursday and Saturday.

The Welsh team will be made up of 144 competitors, coaches and carers, with 112 athletes competing against more than 1,500 others from around the UK.

The Opening Ceremony is being held at the Royal Crescent in Bath tonight. Britain's Got Talent singer Susan Boyle is performing in front of the teams, and 7,000 spectators.

The Royal Crescent is an iconic setting for the Opening Ceremony. Credit: PA

The athletes' parade will also take place, the Special Olympics flag will be raised, and the cauldron lit from the Special Olympics GB torch.

The so-called 'Flame of Hope' has been on a torch relay around the South West of England since Friday.

The torch will reach Bath today.

The Welsh team for the Games was given a send-off by the Welsh Government's Minister for Sport, John Griffiths, outside the Senedd last month.

The athletes sported their new Wales kits in Cardiff Bay.

Meet some of those competing:

The majority of Welsh athletes are setting off for Bath this morning. Buses leave from Bangor, Haverfordwest and Cardiff.

This year's Games are being hosted by Bath University - where the athletics, badminton, boccia, bowls, football, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis and tennis will be held. Golf is taking place at Bath Golf Club, while swimming and ten-pin bowling are in Bristol.

We will have coverage of how Welsh athletes get on at the Games over the next few days.

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