Eleven athletes from Calendar region taking part in Special Olympics

The Special Olympics are under way in Abu Dhabi, after Sheffield passed the baton on after hosting the World Games in 2017.

The week-long event is for competitors with intellectual and physical disabilities, including 11 from our region.

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WATCH: Sheffield teenager training for Special Olympics Table Tennis competition

Michael Evans in training

Michael Evans, from Sheffield, is part of Great Britain's Special Olympics table tennis team.

He was born with severe autism and struggles with his speech, but through table tennis he's made new friendships and developed new skills.

He trains three days a week at Darnall Road Baptist Church with coach Shaun Alvey, who runs Inclusive Ping Pong.

Before he left for the Middle East, Chris Dawkes went to meet Michael.

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