With 58 days to go, a kayaker who only took up the sport a few years ago is counting down to the Special Olympics and the chance of a gold medal.
40-year-old Steven Dodd from Plymouth is training with his GB teammate, badminton-hopeful Elizabeth Haywood, and the two have become firm friends, as Victoria Davies reports.
This video shows the Flame of Hope arriving at its destination - the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Bath.
The torch has been on a long journey through the country, carried by athletes competing in the Special Olympics.
It was brought onto the stage at the Royal Crescent by competitors from the west country and passed to tennis player Thomas Mellor from Cheltenham who used it to light the cauldron signalling the start of the games.
In 2012 Britain had the Olympics and the Paralympics, and in 2013 we have the Special Olympics. They get under way in Bath in just a few days, and the Olympic flame is making its way there through the south west.
The torch for the Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games will pass through Barnstaple this morning as it makes its way around the South West.
The games, held every four years, will see 1,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities compete over three days.
The torch, or Flame of Hope, will be used to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony at the Royal Crescent in Bath on Wednesday, which is expected to attract an audience of about 7,000.
Another Olympic-style torch relay is taking place throughout the South West this weekend ahead of Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games in Bath next week.
The Flame of Hope has visited Devon today. Organisers say the success of last year's Paralympics has encouraged many other people with learning difficulties to take up sport.
Richard Lawrence reports:
A torch relay to celebrate the Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games has arrived in Plymouth.
The Flame of Hope is being carried through the South West and will eventually arrive in Bath on Wednesday, when it will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.
A torch relay to celebrate the Special Olympics National Summer Games will travel through Plymouth today.
The Flame of Hope is being carried through the South West and will eventually arrive in Bath on Wednesday when it will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.
The 2013 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games are now fast approaching and the torch has arrived in the West Country.
The flame was lit in Falmouth this afternoon. It moves to Plymouth and Exeter tomorrow and then Barnstaple on Monday, before travelling to Bath for the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
The Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games are drawing closer.
The competition itself runs from Thursday to Saturday next week. There are nearly 2,000 competitors with learning disabilities taking part.
One of the sports is Boccia, drawing scores of players from across the South West, as our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth reports: