Resignation welcomed of Cornwall politician

February 28, 2013

Regional President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, Mary Davis, has welcomed the resignation of Collin Brewer from his position as Councillor with Cornwall Council, UK.

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European Regional President of Special Olympics Mary Davis (above) welcomes Collin Brewer's resignation. She believes he has insulted millions of people with disabilities across the world with comments founded in ignornace.

Comments Founded in Ignorance

'The horrific comments made by Cllr Collin Brewer displayed an ignorance on an unimaginable scale and his refusal to step down at an earlier date has compounded the distress he has caused,' stated Mary Davis, Regional President Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.

Special Olympics is the world's largest organisation dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sport while changing attitudes and providing healthcare for more than four million athletes in 175 countries.

'The shocking comments by Cllr Brewer are indicative of a mind-set that has no place in a civilised and inclusive society. It is truly frightening that any person should hold such an attitude and it makes it even more sickening that it is a public representative. The bedrock of public service requires Cllr Brewer - as an elected politician - to represent all members of our society equally. He degraded, insulted and failed not just the many people in his own constituency living with a disability and their families but hundreds of millions of people with disabilities and their families across the world. His job as a public representative should have been over when he made those comments however I welcome his belated resignation statement today,' concluded Mary Davis, Regional President, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.

ENDS.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organisation that changes lives through the power of sport by empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to 4 million athletes in 170 countries worldwide, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and related programmes. Special Olympics takes place daily, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter@specialolympics; Facebook; YouTube, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com

For 35 years, Special Olympics Great Britain has brought every day, grassroots sports training and competition to the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities offering life-changing ways to improve their quality of life, travel, make friends and compete. Over 2,800 volunteers help to transform the lives of our athletes, bringing the thrill of competing in 26 sports to 8000 athletes in 150 clubs across England, Scotland and Wales. Proud parents watch as their children compete and win medals or ribbons at local, regional and national competitions with many continuing on to represent the country at Special Olympics international and World Games. In Great Britain there are an estimated 1.2 million people with intellectual disabilities and an additional 200 babies will be born this week. They will face discrimination all their life. Taking part in regular sports activities gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to get fit and gives them a sense of belonging and inclusion. Visit www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/ for more information on Special Olympics Great Britain.

 


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