Breaking News: Special Olympics GB announces 21 athletes to go to World Winter Games Austria 2017

Special Olympics GB is proud and honoured to announce a team of 21 athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities – eleven Alpine Skiers and ten Figure Skaters – who will represent their country at the 2017 World Winter Games.

The Special Olympics World Winter Games is one of the biggest events in the movement’s global calendar and held every four years.

This sporting showpiece event will be held in Austria in March next year – commencing with a spectacular opening ceremony on 18th March 2017.

The full athletes and coaches selected from our region are:

Josh Murphy (coach)

Louisa Chatwin (coach)

Meg McFarlane  (figure skating)

Callum Mills (figure skating)

This is the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 and will be helped to be hosted by Hollywood star – the World’s most famous Austrian and Honorary President of the Games –  Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Graz and Schladming in the Styria region of Austria will host the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Austria will welcome almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations to compete in nine Olympic-type winter sports.

The Special Olympics World Winter Games returns to Austria, the location of the fifth Special Olympics World Winter Games in 1993 in Salzburg and Schladming.

Around 1,600 athletes from 63 nations competed in five sports in those Games, which were the first World Games held outside the United States.

Tim Shriver, Global Chairman of Special Olympics, said: “On behalf of our entire Special Olympics movement worldwide, I am thrilled to award our 2017 World Games to Graz and Schladming in the beautiful state of Styria.

“Austria was the first country outside the U.S. to host a Special Olympics World Games and helped us show the world the gifts and talents of our Special Olympics athletes.

“It is fitting that we would return to a country that has demonstrated its commitment to people with intellectual disabilities for decades and will embrace our athletes from around the world.”


14th – 25th March 2017

Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017

Austria (Graz and Schladming in Styria region)

3,000 Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities from 110 different countries.

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