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Special Olympics Global Ambassador Padraig Harrington at Royal Aberdeen ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Jul 17, 2014 - Special Olympics Great Britain athletes enjoyed a golf master class from three-time major winner and Special Olympics Global Ambassador Padraig Harrington at Royal Aberdeen ahead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The athletes Alistair Robertson (Aged 17, Glasgow), David Mitchell (Age 32, Inverness), Alistair Hay (Age 37 (Elgin), Claire Jeffray (Aged 37, Gifford, East Lothian), Aidan Harrison (Age 17, Fife) and Steven Thornton (Age 25, Edinburgh) were all put through their paces by the Irish golfing great.

One of the athletes, David Mitchell, was given the honour two years ago of presenting Padraig with the special accolade of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Commemorative Special Olympics Silver Coin. The Coin was awarded to Padraig by the global Special Olympics family in recognition of his dedication and tireless commitment to Special Olympics athletes and their families.

Since becoming a Special Olympics Global Ambassador in May 2010, Padraig has generously donated his time and expertise to the Special Olympics Movement across the world by conducting golf clinics for athletes and coaches.

Special Olympics GB CEO Karen Wallin said, "We were thrilled that Padraig once again has generously given up his time to pass on his expert tips and advice to our golfing athletes. This is an experience they will never forget and we are truly grateful."

Padraig Harrington previously commented: "The work that I do for the athletes of Special Olympics is something I am proud of and I will continue to try to help and inspire them to be the best athletes they can be. I am just happy to be able to play a part in the organisation which changes lives every day for people with intellectual disabilities."

Special Olympics GB (SOGB) is the largest organisation providing year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (also known as learning disabilities) across the country. The programme aims to transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families through the power of sport.

There are almost 1.2 million people with intellectual disabilities in Great Britain. The year-round sports coaching and events provided by Special Olympics positively changes the quality of life for athletes and their families and communities.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

* Special Olympics GB is part of a global Movement that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to nearly 3.5 million children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities in more than 170 countries.

* Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late President John F Kennedy, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to realise their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

* Special Olympics Great Britain currently serves over 8,000 athletes annually through almost 150 volunteer led accredited local clubs and 19 regions. Nearly 1.2 million people in Great Britain have an intellectual disability.

* Special Olympics is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a member of the Olympic family. It is the only sports organisation authorised by the IOC to use the word 'Olympics' in its title.

* To enjoy a flavour of Special Olympics and its positive impact on people with intellectual disabilities and their families, please take a moment to watch the attached video from the 2011 World Games in Athens - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqey7PLeeIQ

* Read more at Special Olympics GB's website - http://www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/