Swimmers get set to compete in the Special Olympics

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Members of Sheffield Otters, a swimming club for people with learning difficulties, are getting ready to compete in the Special Olympics.

The club, which trains at Hillsborough Leisure Centre and Ponds Forge swimming pool, will travel down to Bath and Bristol to compete in a variety of swimming sports on August 27 for the prestigious event which lasts five days.

The Special Olympics take place every four years, and fall a year later than the regular Olympics.

Sportsmen and women from around the country compete in events from swimming to basketball and rhythmic gymnastics.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley will attend a closing event to mark the games at Millennium Hall on Ecclesall Road on September 7.