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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 September 2007, 07:58 GMT 08:58 UK
Images from the Special Olympics

David James, Keith Wilcox and Lawrie McMenemy

The Special Olympics: goalkeeper David James, Team GB organiser Keith Wilcox and former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy waved the team off from Heathrow Airport.


For many of the athletes, the trip to Shanghai is an experience of a lifetime.

Game boys

Two of the British athletes entertain themselves in the airport before embarking on the long flight.

Athletes on the steps of the plane

A select group of the Team GB athletes prepare to make the 11 hour journey to China.


Team GB arrived in Shanghai early on the morning of Wednesday 26 September.

The athletes arrive in Shanghai

The British athletes were given the red carpet treatment by the Chinese authorities upon arrival in Shanghai.

Craig Sherrat

One of the Scottish athletes, Craig Sherrat, will be competing in the badminton competition.

Brass band

A Chinese bass band greeted the British athletes with a fanfare when they arrived in the city on Wednesday afternoon.

Chinese flute player

The Chinese band welcomed the athletes with some traditional music.

Dance troupe

A troupe of Chinese dancers opened the media centre next to Shanghai's 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium.

BBC Sport presenter John Beattie

BBC Sport presenter John Beattie was intereviewed for Shanghai TV (STV).

Shanghai streets

The streets of China's largest city are packed with people, bicycles, cars and motorcycles.


Shanghai's impressive skyline greets visitors on the approach to the sprawling metropolis.


The Special Olympics mascot is called Sunshine Sanmao, modelled on a famous Chinese cartoon character.

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