Special Olympics torch

Wenlock Olympian Games will take place between 1 and 15 July and feature some 20 events, most of which are centred on the town’s Gaskell Ground and, quite fittingly, William Brookes School.

The main day, with the majority of track and field events as well as the Wenlock Triathlon, is Sunday 9 July from 9.45am-5pm. Details and a timetable can be found at wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/games/. There will also be a Special Olympics Torch Lighting ceremony in July. The Special Olympics is an organisation (not to be confused with the ‘Paralympics’) which provides sporting opportunities for people of all abilities. It holds an annual games and, because of Much Wenlock’s role in the history of the modern Olympic movement, has taken to lighting its torch here. Wenlock Olympian Society has a Special Olympics torch which will be taken to the William Penny Brookes graveside on 27 July where they will be joined by representatives of the Special Olympics and this year’s hosts, South Yorkshire Constabulary.

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