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Liz hosts launch of report on Leicester Special Olympics

[31/10/2011 | No comment]

Photo courtesy of Mark Makela Photography

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting the launch of a report on the impact of Leicester’s 2009 Special Olympic Games. The report, called “Learning Disability, Sport and Legacy”, was produced by De Montfort University and Leicester University. It found that the games not only brought real health benefits to the athletes but social benefits too, such as boosting their self-esteem. The report found that the Special Olympics helped bring disabled and non-disabled people closer together and played an important role in challenging misunderstandings about learning disabilities amongst the wider public. Guests at the launch event also heard that the 2009 Games brought real economic benefits to our city, boosting the local economy with an estimated £2.8 million.

I was delighted that a number of athletes who took part in the Games came along to the launch even in Parliament. I was also pleased that Hugh Robertson MP, the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, agreed to come and speak at the reception. He said he was determined to make sure we build on the lessons from the Special Olympics in all sporting events, but especially in next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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