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Olimpiadas Especiales América Latina es parte de Special Olympics, una organización internacional dedicada a promover la inclusión de las personas con discapacidad intelectual a través del deporte.

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abril 19, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Theresa Santander and am a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

Teresita en los Juegos Mundiales en Grecia 2011

At the age of four years I went to school special education to be cared for adequately and a year later I was integrated into a regular preschool. It was not easy because children did not want to join me because of my disability and I always remained isolated so I had to return to the special school to continue my education until the age of 13.View Story My name is Jasmine Santander Teresita Sanchez. I was born in the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo on September 17, 1984. By a medical malpractice my parents were told that I have intellectual disability. At the age of four years I went to school special education to be cared for adequately and a year later I was integrated into a regular preschool. It was not easy because children did not want to join me because of my disability and I always remained isolated so I had to return to the special school to continue my education until the age of 13. But fortunately, I received support from my teachers and finally finished my education. From age 7 I have been an athlete in swimming and open water for Special Olympics. I have represented my country many times and now again I travel to the World Games as part of the Mexican delegation.

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abril 19, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I'm Ruben Alejandro and Champion

By Paola Martinelli

Thanks to my studies I got a job in Public Services of the State of Nayarit in the area of computer education, I am currently an administrative assistant in the Multiple Care Center of Nayarit.View Story I'm Ruben and I was born with Down Syndrome have a younger sister and I live with my parents. I went to CREE rehabilitation center at 22 days old. There they treated me for my developmental disability so I could be like all other children. I attended the child development center for three months, then preschool, primary school and mainstream secondary schools with persons without disabilities. Thanks to my studies I got a job in Public Services of the State of Nayarit in the area of computer education, I am currently an administrative assistant in the Multiple Care Center of Nayarit. Since childhood I practice sport and I love gymnastics, I participated in 8 national events and 3 World Games and now I have another opportunity to go on behalf of Mexico to Los Angeles. I like the Folkloric dance workshops scarves weaving workshops, development of piñatas, wreaths, bows for gift and beads.

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abril 19, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I'm Juan Puente López and I am a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

Juan Lopez

I grew up in a family of athletes, my father practiced baseball, and athletics and my brothers and nephews tennis.View Story I grew up in a family of athletes, my father practiced baseball, and athletics and my brothers and nephews tennis. At age 14 I started bolero in Potosino club Deportivo. My older brother worked there and with the intention that it will distract me and I practiced some physical activity. I got in because of my intellectual disability. Since then I started training at the Lomas Racquet Club. The practice of this sport has allowed me to perform first as a pencil boy and later as a player. In the club I played with partners and I have incomes that allowed me to have a more quality lifestyle. I participated in tournaments in singles and doubles, within the state, as in other nearby cities. The practice of this sport has given me a lot. Now shall represent my country in Los Angeles.

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abril 19, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Patricia Romo and am a champion

By Paola Martinelli

Paty Romo premiacion del Pan-American Tennis Championship in Bolivia

I had primary school education and started working at the Center for Down Syndrome at age 17 in my state in the area of early childhood stimulation. To this day I still work there.View Story I am the last child of 5 brothers and was born with intellectual disability. I had primary school education and started working at the Center for Down Syndrome at age 17 in my state in the area of early childhood stimulation. To this day I still work there. I'm single and I live with my mother. I'm hardworking, entrepreneurial, outgoing, talkative and tolerant. But as my character is a little tricky because sometimes I get angry when something does not seem right. I have participated in various sports from a young age and have been called on several state and national competitions, in athletics, bowling and ultimately my main activity has been the Tennis I've worked hard to combine work with tennis training which I attend Saturdays and Sundays and my preparation has been very intensive since I have participated in several official tournaments. Now I shall represent my country at the World Games in Los Angeles.

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abril 19, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Mauricio Valerio and I am a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

2014 National Games Award

I'm Mauricio Valerio Berrones, I was born in San Luis Potosi 25 years ago. I have Down Syndrome when I was born, my parents say, they did not expect a special child, but I was accepted with love and affection.View Story I'm Mauricio Valerio Berrones, I was born in San Luis Potosi 25 years ago. I have Down Syndrome when I was born, my parents say, they did not expect a special child, but I was accepted with love and affection. I am the last child of 3 brothers. My brothers did sport and that's how I started to be interested in sports, playing football with my mates and Racketball with my dad but he died eight years ago. Now I live with my mother and my brothers and married. Playing tennis tournaments and sometimes my brother Ricardo plays with me. I also practice Taekwondo and bowling. 15 years ago I am part of Special Olympics with my coach Uriel who trains people with and without disabilities. Now I was selected to represent my country in the sport in Ángeles. Besides sports, I go to the school where I train in a makeup workshop, I like dancing playing guitar and making friends.

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