Monday, 11 March 2013


Speculation was rife last week before the Beeb made it's big announcement that Bonnie Tyler is to represent the UK at Eurovision. Was it to be Agnetha from Abba? An Agnetha and Gary Barlow duet? I may well have fainted if it had.

No offence Bonnie, but I personally think the BBC missed a trick. With such success in 2012 and this rendition of 'Don't Stop Me Now', surely Chris Hoy and Team GB would have been the perfect choice. I'm sure they would have been happy to oblige, proud as they are to represent one's country at such an important event.

Like Olympians and Paralympians, Special Olympians are proud to represent their country, their club and themselves. This would not be possible without the Special Olympics, an international organisation founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 and now exists in 170 countries. It provides people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to take part in sport and in doing so creates goals and dreams, improves fitness, helps mental well-being and encourages friendship and personal achievement.

Remember the party atmosphere that London 2012 gave to the whole nation? This year, Special Olympics GB are holding many events, including the National Games (28 August-1 September 2013) in Bath and a National Cycle Competition in Ashton Under Lyme (27-28 July 2013). Do come, watch and cheer, and give our athletes the party they deserve.

In the words of Bonnie Tyler, you could be 'Holding Out for a Hero' and you'll be helping our Special Olympians to 'Believe in Me'.

From the 27th April - 13th May, I will be cycling from London to Malmo for the Eurovision Song Contest to raise money for Special Olympics GB and their cycling programme. Any donations, big or small will be truly appreciated. 


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