Two coaches from a coastal town will be heading to Germany this summer as part of the Special Olympics Great Britain coaching team.

Gymnastics coaches Ellen and Alex Row will travel to Berlin in June to support athletes at the Special Olympics World Games.

Ellen and Alex, who live in Lowestoft, are coaches at Waveney Gymnastics Club and part of Special Olympics Suffolk.

They will soon head to Germany after being appointed respectively as head coach and assistant coach of the Artistic Gymnastics team.

At Berlin 2023 they are volunteering to ensure that their six competing athletes with intellectual disabilities, can represent Team Special Olympics GB.

And three of the team - Jack, Grace and Simon - will form half of the GB squad, having spent years training at Waveney Gymnastics Club.

Jack, 17, from Lowestoft, Grace, 14, from Reedham and Simon, 14, from Halesworth have all qualified for the Special Olympics World Games, which runs from June 17 to June 23 and features more than 7,000 athletes from about 190 countries.

With Great Britain sending a team of around 150 athletes, coaches and support staff, Ellen Row said: "It's an absolute honour to be selected to be head coach for artistic gymnastics and represent our country at an international level.

"To raise the profile of Special Olympics GB and Artistic Gymnastics on a local, regional, national and international level inspiring others is positive and rewarding.

"As a coaching team we will prepare the gymnasts to fulfil their potential, reach their goals and create lifetime memories."

Opening at the iconic Olympiastadion Berlin, the Special Olympics World Games is the world's biggest inclusive sporting event.

Colin Dyer, chief executive of Special Olympics GB, said: "We are incredibly grateful to all of the coaches and volunteers who are giving up their time to help our athletes achieve their dreams of competing at a Special Olympics World Games."