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North Yorkshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick helped to light the Special Olympic’s Flame of Hope in Much Wenlock on Friday (23 August 2013) at the start of the six-day torch relay.
Mr Madgwick has been involved with the Special Olympics since 2000 and is the chair of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and a committed supporter of the charity.
Mr Madgwick said:
The Special Olympics remains very close to my heart and it never ceases to amaze me the impact it has on lives around the world. The quality and determination of the athletes is outstanding.
The Special Olympics charity does fantastic work in engaging disabled people in sport and effectively changing their lives.
It’s an honour be involved in the lighting of the Flame of Hope and I wish each and every competitor the very best of luck.
1,700 athletes from 17 UK regions, including the Yorkshire and Humber region will take part in the games. Further details of the individual athletes can be found at http://www.bath2013.org.uk/sports
The torch relay ends on 28 August when the flame will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony for the games in Royal Crescent, Bath.
In 2008 Mr Madgwick formed a new Special Olympics club in the City of York, where he was Chair for two years. In that time the club won a national award as the ARRIVA National Sports Community programme of the year.