Justine Mackenzie (head of sport at St Swithun’s), Serena Byron (pupil), Lawrie McMenemy, MBE, Grace Long (pupil), Gary Price (athlete), Hebe Plummer (pupil)
17th February 2012, Winchester: Lawrie McMenemy, MBE, gave an inspirational talk to pupils, parents, staff and friends of St. Swithun’s School in his role as President of Special Olympics Great Britain in the Winchester school’s performing arts centre.
Special Olympics Great Britain is the country’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with learning disabilities. 3 athletes from Special Olympics GB also attended the event: Lizzie Williams, a rhythmic gymnast and member of the British Display Team; Michael Kennet - Sailing and Gary Price - Athletics. They were accompanied by Mr. Chris Jones who is Regional Chair of Special Olympics GB Southern Region.
Lawrie McMenemy is most famously known as the manager of Southampton Football Club during their most successful period in history, guiding the team to FA Cup victory in 1976 against Manchester United. He is also a keen supporter of numerous charities and was appointed Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain in 2004 and in December 2010, Lawrie became President of the Honorary Board of Special Olympics GB.
This event, organised by St Swithun’s PTA, provided a valuable opportunity for the pupils and staff to find out more about Special Olympics GB and to talk first hand to SOGB athletes.
For further information:
Maureen Rabbitt, Director of Communications, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia: [email protected]
Mel Kinder, St Swithun’s School, Tel: +01962 835782 [email protected]