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Competition begins at Special Olympics

Thousands of spectators were at the the Opening Ceremony at the Royal Crescent.

Competition gets underway at the Special Olympics in Bath this morning, after the Opening Ceremony last night.

112 Welsh athletes are competing against more than 1,500 others from around the UK.

Britain's Got Talent singer Susan Boyle was the star performer.

There are 12 sports on offer this week, with Welsh competitors in 10 of them.

The Games are being hosted at the University of Bath, with a few events being held in Bristol.

Competition goes on until Saturday.

The Special Olympic torch was used to light the cauldron last night.


Welsh athletes at Opening Ceremony

People gathered at the Royal Crescent in Bath this evening for the ceremony Credit: ITV News

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.

Welsh contingent prepare for Special Olympics

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.


Athletes head to Bath ahead of Special Olympics

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.

Members of Team Wales prepare to head off to Bath Credit: ITV News/Tom Sheldrick
112 competitors from Wales will take part in the games Credit: ITV News/Tom Sheldrick
The Welsh team was given a send off from the Senedd by Sport Minister John Griffiths AM last month Credit: ITV News/Tom Sheldrick
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Llanelli athlete on 'life-changing' Special Olympics

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.

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