Special Olympics ‘honour’ for gymnastics judge

Jeremy Eddon who has been selected as an artistic gymnastics judge for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

Jeremy Eddon who has been selected as an artistic gymnastics judge for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

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A DAVENTRY man has been selected to serve as an artistic gymnastics judge for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

Jeremy Eddon will be taking part in the prestigious event this year in June and July.

The games are held every four years and this will be the third Games that he has been invited to judge the Artistic Gymnastics competition – previously in Dublin 2003, Shanghai 2007 and now Athens 2011.

Jeremy said: “The event is for disabled athletes with learning disabilities and covers several different sports with gymnastics being one of the most popular.

“I will be one of four British gymnastics judges chosen for these games, all of whom regularly judge at disabilities events in Great Britain and abroad, and it is obviously an honour to be chosen for such a prestigious event with competitors from all over the world taking part.

“ We will be travelling to Athens on June 25 and returning to GB after the closing ceremony on July 5.”

Jeremy received the news of his selection in a letter from Venisha Bowler, senior manager, Sports Training and Competition, Special Olympics, Inc.

The letter reads: “We commend you on your outstanding qualifications. This event will mark the second time the World Summer Games will be held in the Europe Eurasia region, and only the third time they will be held outside the United States.

“In addition to over 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches, Special Olympics expects these Games to draw 40,000 volunteers, 3,000 event officials and thousands of families, spectators and journalists from every continent.”