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Belvoir hosts Special Olympics contest

Belvoir Activity Centre will be buzzing with a very special event tomorrow.

Local gymnasts are to demonstrate their skills, courage and artistic discipline in a bid to take part in the 2011 Special Olympic Games in Athens.

It’s expected that 57 athletes, aged between eight and 30, will try out for a coveted place in the Ulster Regional Championships, proving there are no barriers to participating in sport.

Beginning at 10am, their expertise comes under the spotlight in floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, bars and balance beam exercises.

The event is being hosted by Castlereagh Council and Mayor Lawrence Walker said they were thrilled to become involved in the qualifying stages of such a major sporting event.

“Belvoir Activity Centre has extensive experience delivering programmes and events to groups with disabilities and I am confident that this event will continue to build on this success,” he said.

“The Special Olympic games holds a very special place in everyone’s hearts and is not just a sporting competition.

“It is about overcoming perceived barriers and sharing the moments of triumph and attempt of every participant.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the gymnasts every success for the competition and I hope they enjoy the event and encourage others to get involved in sport.”

Belfast Telegraph