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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Stories from Europe-Eurasia


September 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

British identical twins play against each other at the Special Olympics

By Emilie Bruynbroeck

Alistair and Duncan Feltham

Table tennis playing twins Alistair and Duncan (both 46) share that thought. Thirty years ago they started playing table tennis at home and now they have to compete against each other in the finals at the European Games in Antwerp.View Story Table tennis playing twins Alistair and Duncan (both 46) share that thought. Thirty years ago they started playing table tennis at home and now they have to compete against each other in the finals at the European Games in Antwerp. It is not the first time that the brothers have played against other. “Usually one of them wins the first set, the other one wins the next set and so on. They alternately winning sets. The decisive set is always a lottery”, tells their mother, Sheena Feltham. And the game Alistair and Duncan played Wednesday proved her right. The first set was won by Duncan, the second set by Alistair, the third by Duncan and the fourth... Well, you can fill in the blanks. In the final and decisive set, Alistair won with 12-10. Once again a close game. “But there is absolutely no jealousy between the brothers,” knows mother Sheena. “They support each other through thick and thin. They are also really happy when the other one wins. That's brotherly love."

About Emilie Bruynbroeck:I am a volunteer contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study journalism.
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September 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Belgian judoka David De Witte is relevation at Special Olympics

By Emilie Bruynbroeck

David De Witte

Forty seconds, that is all Belgian judoka David De Witte needed for his victory. The first fight against the Swede Fredrik Hallberg only lasted thirty seconds.View Story Forty seconds, that is all Belgian judoka David De Witte needed for his victory. The first fight against the Swede Fredrik Hallberg only lasted thirty seconds. De Witte won this fight immediately with an Ippon, an action by which the opponent cannot stand up. His antagonist in the second fight only persisted ten seconds. Once again: triumph trough an ippon. “I have been training very hard, but this quick victory and a gold medal were very unexpected. I am thrilled,” David De Witte says. “I am very grateful to my coach and to the public to support me!”

About Emilie Bruynbroeck:I am a volunteer contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study journalism.
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September 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Dominique Persoone enthusiastic about Unified Cooking

By Emilie Bruynbroeck

Dominique Persoone

Today it was up to Dominique Persoone, a famous chocolate maker from Bruges, to cook in the Olympic Town at Het Steen. In collaboration with people with an intellectual disability he cooked a traditional Mexican dish.View Story Today it was up to Dominique Persoone, a famous chocolate maker from Bruges, to cook in the Olympic Town at Het Steen. In collaboration with people with an intellectual disability he cooked a traditional Mexican dish. “This initiative is really great. I'm happy that I get the opportunity to cook with this group and that I can teach them something. We started early this morning and made the preparations together. Everybody is very motivated and that is the most important thing,” said Persoone. On the menu, a Mexican specialty. Persoone: “Chicken with mole sauce based on chili, peanuts, almond nuts and, of course, chocolate. Because chocolate is Rock and Roll, just like this team!”

About Emilie Bruynbroeck:I am a volunteer contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study journalism.
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September 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Special Olympics, a love story: Gitte en Dries

By Emilie Bruynbroeck

Among many athletes who are competing at the Special Olympics, we found Gitte Van De Poel and Dries Vangeel.View Story Among many athletes who are competing at the Special Olympics, we found Gitte Van De Poel and Dries Vangeel. These two Belgian athletes have found each other and are together since the 3th of August. They've known each other since primary school. Gitte only lives a few houses away from Dries. “It means a lot for us to be able to participate here together. We support each other through thick and thin,” Dries says. “We brought our cell phones to the Games so we can tell each other about our performances.” Gitte will be participating in the aquatics competition, while Dries will be competing in the badminton competition. In the near future Dries also wants to make the swimming team for the next Special Olympics games. That way he can spend even more time with his girlfriend. Dries puts all his efforts in making Gitte proud of him. He wants to go to the World Summer Games one day. In order to achieve his dream he trains four hours per week.

About Emilie Bruynbroeck:I am a volunteer contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study journalism.
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September 20, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

This is Freedom - Christian Karembeu

By Suzanne Coogan

Karembeu gets close with a Special Olympics Hungarian athlete

Former French international soccer star Christian Karembeu spent the day with athletes competing in the football finals of the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp.View Story Former French international soccer star Christian Karembeu spent the day with athletes competing in the football finals of the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp.He spent hours watching great football action, offering expert advice and presenting awards to the athletes. Karembeu is one of UEFA’s Captains of Change Ambassador as well as a long-time supporter of Special Olympics. Accompanied by Mr William Gaillard, Senior Advisor to UEFA’s President, the athletes of Special Olympics were being supported and celebrated by two of Europe’s most respected figures in European football. “The athletes of Special Olympics teach me a lesson in humanity, about respect and values. In sport we can achieve great things and Special Olympics is a celebration of athletes and people with intellectual disabilities. It is freedom,” Karembeu said. Another soccer great attended the Games - former Red Devils star Mpo Mpenza who said “athletes are the same as me, there is no difference."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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Sep 20 - 21 2014

Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament

Join us on September 20-21 at the Atlas Arena in Lódz, Poland during the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championship where athletes and unified partners from Special Olympics Poland will compete in a Unified volleyball match just before the final. Hope to see you there!
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Krzysztof Krukowski
Email: kkrukowski@specialolympics.org
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Atlas Arena
Lódz, Poland
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