Europe Eurasia

Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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October 22, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Ukraine

Ukraine takes a scientific approach to training

By Olena Luzhanovska

Special Olympics Ukraine congratulates Dr Perederiy with such an important achievement!

Special Olympics Ukraine is actively involved in scientific research to help people with intellectual disabilities and is the world's first Special Olympics to have two Doctors of Science in physical education and sport in their ranks.View Story Special Olympics Ukraine is actively involved in scientific research to help people with intellectual disabilities and is the world's first Special Olympics to have two Doctors of Science in physical education and sport in their ranks. The first Doctor of Physical Education in Ukraine on the subject of Olympic Sports is Dr Yuri Briskin who has been, a member of the Board of Special Olympics Ukraine since its foundation and the head of the department of theoretical and applied methodology of Olympic and Professional Sport at the Lviv University. On October 9th the coordinator of Special Olympics Ukraine in the Lviv region, Alina Perederiy successfully defended her doctoral thesis on the topic of Theoretical and methodological bases of the sports movement Special Olympics. Alina has done a great deal for the development of the Special Olympics movement in the west of Ukraine. Special Olympics Ukraine congratulates Dr Perederiy with such an important achievement! We are extremely proud of the fact that our Program has such remarkable people!

About Olena Luzhanovska:I'm the Development Director of Special Olympics Ukraine.
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October 21, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Spain's Police Academy Hosts VIII National Athletics Competition

By Suzanne Coogan

Action at the VIII National Athletics Competition, Ávila, Espana.

For a second consecutive year in the city of Ávila, Spain’s National Police Academy opened its doors to host the VIII National Athletics Competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities organised by Special Olympics Spain and the non-profit disability rights organization PRONISAView Story For a second consecutive year in the city of Ávila, Spain’s National Police Academy opened its doors to host the VIII National Athletics Competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities organized by Special Olympics Spain and the non-profit disability rights organization PRONISA from 17 Oct-20. More than 100 athletes from ten autonomous regions and host Castilla y León competed on the tracks of the Academy. Thirty local associations participated in the 2k Torch Run relay through the streets of Ávila attended by the city Mayor, Mr. Miguel Ángel García Nieto, the President of Special Olympics Spain, Mr. Gaizka Ortuzar and the President of PRONISA, Mr. Manuel Maiz. The Opening Ceremony took place at the Sports Pavilion of the Academy with the athletes' parade, arrival of the torch and lighting of the cauldron delighting the hundreds of local spectators. For the first time during this competition Healthy Hearing examinations were offered to athletes conducted by expert medical volunteers.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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October 16, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Major Milestone for World Winter Games Austria 2017

By Suzanne Coogan

front row: Athlete Barbara Pölzl, CEO Janet Froetscher (SOI), Pres. Hermann Kröll (Special Olympics 2017) second row: Mayor Mag. Siegfried Nagl (Graz), NRAbg. Hermann Christ , US-Ambassador Alexa Wesner, Federal Minister Dr. Sophie Karmasin, Mayor Jürgen Winter (Schladming), Mayor Rainer Angerer (Ramsau) and Special Olympics athletes. GEPA Pictures/Philipp Brem

An important milestone took place in the planning process for the staging of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria.View Story An important milestone took place in the planning process for the staging of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria. Special Olympics International CEO Janet Froetscher travelled to Vienna to officially sign the Games agreement between Special Olympics and the Games Organizing Committee, marking the official commencement of the contract. Present to witness the signing included the Federal Minister of Youth and Family, Dr. Sophie Karmasin, US Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner, Mayors of Host Towns, Special Olympics athletes and supporters. “This agreement provides a fundamental path for future cooperation. It is based on long lasting confidence and a commitment to follow the same goals of Special Olympics and the GOC," said Herman Kröll, President of the GOC. Froetscher said, "As the host of the World Winter Games, Austria will make an immeasurable contribution to the quality of life for millions of people with intellectual disabilities globally."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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October 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian foreign minister tells athletes they are the pride of their country

By Kada Delic-Selimovic

(l-r) Special Olympics BiH president Enver Ćosićkić, Special Olympics athletes Damir Rimac, Kristina Klačar, Irma Juhić, Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdžija, Special Olympics athlete Zlatan Horo, Special Olympics BiH National Director Kada Delić-Semimović, Special Olympics athlete Mersad Redžić and Milenko Vujinović, Special Olympics BiH Vice President.

On 11 October 2014 a reception was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to honor Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) athletes who won medals at the Special Olympics European Games in Antwerp.View Story On 11 October 2014 a reception was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to honor Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) athletes who won medals at the Special Olympics European Games in Antwerp. Athletes, coaches and program leaders were welcomed by Foreign Minister Mr. Zlatko Lagumdzija and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers Ms Ana Babic Trišić in Sarajevo. Medalists included Mersad Redžić (athletics), Damir Rimac (table tennis), Kristina Klačar (athletics), Irma Juhić (table tennis) and Zlatan Horo (aquatics). Minister Lagumdzija said: "You are the pride of this country and its most valuable ambassadors and diplomats around the world.” Minister Lagumdzija also thanked the coaches for their dedicated work with Special Olympics athletes. Special Olympics BiH President Mr. Enver Ćosićkić thanked Minister Lagumdzija, stating that the reception marked the first time in many years that Special Olympics athletes were recognized at such a high state level. For the first time, Special Olympics medalists received a monetary gift in acknowledgement of their achievements.

About Kada Delic-Selimovic:Kada Delic-Selimovic is national director of Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina
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October 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Athlete representative to the Board of Directors selected at the first All-Ireland Athlete Leadership Forum, Dublin Ireland

By Liz Callery

L to R: Frances Kavanagh, Special Olympcis Ireland (SOI) Mary Davis, Chairperson SOI, Nicole Redmond, Paul Mullen, John Henry of State Street (sponsors of the Athlete Leadership Programme) and Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland

The very first All-Ireland Athlete Leadership Forum took place on the 11th of October 2014 in Dublin with 81 athletes and 62 mentors in attendance. Participants came from Special Olympics Connaught, Leinster, Munster, and Eastern Region.View Story The very first All-Ireland Athlete Leadership Forum took place on Saturday the 11th of October 2014 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin with 81 athletes and 62 mentors in attendance. Participants came from Special Olympics Connaught, Leinster, Munster, and Eastern Region. Athletes carried out workshops in public speaking, interview skills and social media guidelines. To facilitate these workshops facilitators came from Tara Toastmasters group to assist with the public speaking, interview skills workshop while the social media guidelines workshop was facilitated by Special Olympics Ireland volunteer tutors. As part of this forum, there was an election of one athlete to be representative of all athletes to the Board of Special Olympics Ireland. There were two candidates for nomination, Ann Hickey from Leinster and Claire Adams from the Eastern Region. Each of the candidates made a pitch to outline their qualities and why they should be elected. Every athlete in attendance was given a voting card and had one vote to cast. The results were announced at the end of the forum with Claire Adams declared elected to the Board of Special Olympics Ireland for a two year term. We are grateful to both athletes for allowing their name to go forward for election. During the final session of the day athletes were selected to present on stage some key learning points from the day. Lucy O’Neill Special Olympics Munster spoke about the Public Speaking noting some key tips she learned, Jonathan Deering Special Olympics Eastern Region spoke about the Social Media workshop, also giving some very useful tips on the appropriate use of social media. Tomas Murphy Special Olympics Eastern Region put into practice some of the skill learnt on the day by interviewing two of the guests, Jason Sherlock and Fiona Coghlan. During the interview both Fiona and Jason gave all athletes some tips on training, nutrition and public speaking and the importance of really preparing for same.

About Liz Callery:Liz Callery is the Regional Director of Special Olympics Eastern Region. Special Olympics Eastern Region is made up of three geographical areas which in total comprise of 85 Clubs; 58 of which are community based Clubs and 27 are Service Based Groups.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Nov 7 - 9 2014

"Más que Tenis" Fundación Rafa Nadal National Tennis Meeting

Join us on 7-9 November at the Son Moix Sports Center in Palma de Mallorca, where Special Olympics tennis players will enjoy 3 days of tennis, companionship and fun. In 2010, Fundación Rafa Nadal and Special Olympics Spain created the first tennis schools to make tennis more accessible to Special Olympics athletes. Today, there are 15 schools in 6 Regions, where almost 150 athletes train and play twice a week.
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Poliesportiu Son Moix
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
SPAIN

Nov 28 - 30 2014

Motor Activity Training Program National Meeting

The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) is designed to prepare athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability, including athletes with significant physical disabilities, for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities. In this 5th edition, the MATP National Meeting will gather about 200 athletes from all over Spain and will include the Healthy Athletes Program, and Opening and Closing ceremonies.
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Pazo Provincial dos Deportes de Lugo
Lugo, Galicia
SPAIN

Dec 11, 2014
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Special Olympics Spain Gala (8th edition)

Once more, Special Olympics Spain will award a personality or an organization with an active role in culture, sports or the disability sector that has helped to promote personal development and social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Casa AméricaMadrid
SPAIN


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