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Special Olympics Stars send out an S.O.S.

You'll no doubt be familiar with the Olympic Rings logo and the Games motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius - "Faster, Higher, Stronger". You may know the swirling Paralympics logo, a symbol known as Agito, meaning "I move" in Latin. But did you know there's a third member of the Olympics family? The Special Olympics is the world's largest organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and it has a rather special motto:

Let me win, But, if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt.

– Special Olympics motto

The fastest growing club in the country is Special Olympics Gateshead. Formed just two years ago, the club already has 88 athletes benefitting from regularly taking part in sport. The club recently won national recognition, receiving the 'Personalisation' trophy at the 2016 Great Britain Care Awards.

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Athletes from Special Olympics Gateshead have been selected for the 2017 National Games in Sheffield

To send a team to next summer's National Games, the club has launched an appeal to raise £17,000 - just over £500 per athlete. Local print company, SOS Group, have started the ball rolling.

For our athletes, the challenge isn't just competing in their chosen event. Staying in the Athlete's Village away from family and carers, often for the first time, is an enormous achievement in itself

– Keith Hogan, Special Olympics Gateshead

The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games 2017 will involve 2,000 athletes competing in 19 sports. Gateshead is one of 141 Special Olympics Clubs in Britain and there are also established successful clubs in Sunderland, Northumberland and across the Northern Region.