Athletes from East Lancashire have won a clutch of medals at the inaugural Special Olympics Great Britain National Winter Games in Folgaria, Italy.

The week-long competition, spanning from January 27 to February 3, featured both alpine skiing and figure skating competitions for athletes with disabilities.

Picking up gold medals were Rossendale's Emily Wild, who came first in the giant slalom and slalom, along with David Corr from Withnell who also claimed gold in the male versions of those events.

Cameron De Vial, from Accrington, claimed silvers in the same events, while James Barclay, from Rossendale, picked up a silver in his category's giant slalom.

Lancashire Telegraph: Cameron De Vial in actionCameron De Vial in action (Image: Nak Sports Images)

Colin Dyer, chief executive of Special Olympics GB, said: “Huge congratulations go to all athletes on their success at this first National Winter Games.

“Given the daily challenges that people with intellectual disabilities face throughout their lives, it’s a great achievement to be here competing and proudly representing their region at a national sporting event, let alone winning a medal.

“Events in the Special Olympics GB movement bring together so many people and give our athletes new levels of confidence.

Lancashire Telegraph: David Corr won both his eventsDavid Corr won both his events (Image: Nak Sports Images)

"However, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our event partners Dreams, Gallagher and Sure, along with our stable of corporate partners.”

Across the country, Special Olympics Great Britain is the largest provider of sports training and competition for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics Great Britain was set up in 1978, and is a non-profit charity which provides year-round sports coaching and athletic competition in summer and winter sports.

Lancashire Telegraph: James Barclay picked up a silverJames Barclay picked up a silver (Image: Nak Sports Images)

Operating in England, Scotland and Wales, the charity has more than 6,600 athletes benefitting from opportunities in 27 different sports, which are delivered by a devoted team of 3,800 volunteers.

Founded in 1968, Special Olympics is a global movement to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.

It aims to foster acceptance of all people through the power of sport and programming in education, health and leadership.

More than six million people take part in Special Olympics events every year across 30 Olympic-type sports, with more than 100,000 events taking place around the world annually.