Athletes gathered with their friends and family in Bath this evening for the opening ceremony of the 2013 National Summer Games. The star-studded event included performances from Britain's Got Talent singer Susan Boyle and jazz singer Clare Teal.
The Special Olympics are for people with a learning disability. More than 100 Welsh athletes will be competing against others from around the UK.
Over the next three days more than 100 Welsh athletes with learning disabilities will be competing against others from around the UK at the Special Olympics.
The Opening Ceremony for the Games takes place tonight. The competitors have spent much of the afternoon preparing for a parade at the famous Royal Crescent in the city.
Tom Sheldrick caught up with some of them as they set off from Cardiff.
Three bus loads of Welsh athletes set off for the Special Olympics in Bath this morning. Tom Sheldrick went along to see them off.
Members of Team Wales headed off to the Special Olympics from Cardiff, Bangor and Haverfordwest this morning. The opening ceremony takes place in Bath later, with the games actually kicking off tomorrow.
More than 100 Welsh competitors are getting ready to go to Bath for the Special Olympics later this week - and one athlete from Llanelli will be especially happy just to take her place on the start line.
Llinos Jones has had to build up her fitness after not only injuring her knee, but getting rushed to hospital with a blood clot on her lung.
Now training hard again, she says she can't wait for the games to begin.
This time next week more than 100 Welsh athletes will be in Bath for the Special Olympics, where they will compete against others from around the UK.
James Savory from Barry is bound to be one of the stars of the games - he's won more than 500 medals over 16 years of competing.
It's one week until the Special Olympics get underway in Bath, with more than 100 Welsh athletes competing at what will be the ninth British summer games.
ITV News has been meeting some of the athletes at the Cardiff Chameleons swimming club, which was the very first in the UK for people with a learning disability.