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Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Shriver Kennedy in America in 1968 and was brought into the UK in 1978 through Mencap and was introduced into Wales via the Gateway Social Clubs.

The first group to register within Great Britain to Special Olympics GB was the Cardiff Chameleons in 1979, which was run at that time by Joyce Robinson a forward thinking lady who had the insight to see where Special Olympics could lead, as she went from strength to strength to bring the Special Olympics into Wales in other sports as well as swimming for people with a Learning Disability.

The first Special Olympics competition a Welsh athlete competed in was the World Games in Rochester USA as part of the GB Team this was Joyce White for swimming from the Cardiff Chameleons.

The 1st games to come to the GB were held in Kirby Liverpool 1981. Since this time Special Olympics Wales has grown to be one of the largest regions represented at GB competitions.
Our thanks must go to all the people from the past for there insight especially Mrs Joyce Robinson who was awarded an MBE in 1989 for her services to people with a learning disability

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