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


July 21, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Unified Bowling League - Special Olympics Israel

By Reuven Astrachan

The three first positions of Unified doubles were awarded with medals as per their positions.

The final ( 8 th round) of the Unified 10 Pin Bowling League games were held on Friday 18 th July 2014, at the Gan Shmuel Bowling Center.View Story The final of the Unified 10 Pin Bowling League games were held on Friday 18 th July 2014, at the Gan Shmuel Bowling Center. The parents and friends of the bowlers were invited to the final round, as many other guests. After the competition, a ceremony was held, where participation medals were awarded to all the bowlers – Special Olympics athletes and Israel Bowling Federation players. The Special Olympics athletes were presented with Bowling Federation pins and the Bowling Federation players were presented with Special Olympics pins. The three first positions of Unified doubles were awarded also with medals as per their positions. Eyal Damari – the best Special Olympics athlete – was awarded with a trophy for the highest single game score (203) and for the best tree games (589). The Nofar Team – Guy Zigdon (Special Olympics athlete) and Ofer Baran (Bowling Federation player) were awarded a trophy for the highest scores in three team games. The ceremony was hosted by Shimon Yishay, vice president of the Israel Bowling Federation, who served as the volunteer manager of the Unified League throughout the season, tracking the computerized scores. Arie Fisher – the President of the Israel Bowling Federation, congratulated the participants, and thanked the owners of the bowling centers who donated the lanes in favor of the activities and each of them received a personal appreciation shield. Reuven Astrachan – The Acting National Director of Special Olympics Israel , congratulated the athletes and gratefully thanked the volunteer players who took part in the special project, stating that their volunteering is not taken for granted and, for this, they deserve our profound appreciation. Tal Raban – Deputy Chairman of Special Olympics Israel, honored the event by his presence, congratulated the athletes and awarded them medals. Rakefet Kalishov – The manager of the Rakefet Team from Herzliya and the mother of Gilad – a Special Olympics athlete.

About Reuven Astrachan:I am acting National Director of Special Olympics Israel
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July 07, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Eyal Damari is a Bowling Phenomenon

By Damari Amnon

My 15-year-old son Eyal Damari is a Special Olympics bowling player. Eyal bowls every Sunday in Modeiing Sunday Night Bowling League.View Story My 15-year-old son Eyal Damari is a Special Olympics bowling player. Eyal bowls every Sunday in Modeiing Sunday Night Bowling League. Every Monday Eyal bowls in Petah Tikva with his bowling coach, Gadi Aviram. His team was in first place out of 24 teams in the Special Olympics Unified League in Israel in the 2013-14 season. The Unified League pairs a Special Olympics bowler with an adult bowler from the Israel Bowling Federation. In two months Eyal will start the the national youth bowling league of the I.B.F. Here's a quote from the Modiein info newspaper in the "Local Sports Report " by David Nachenberg: Bowling Banter: The regular season of the Modi'in Sunday Night Bowling League has ended. Five of the ten teams will be in the top playoff bracket and the other five will be in the bottom group. They will bowl three sessions (9 games), and on July 20, there will be a champion in each division. On June 22, only two bowlers rolled a deuce--14 1/2 year old Eyal Damari had a 201 and Moshe Gabai had a 211. On June 29, the scores proved that bowling is for the young, and the not-so-young, and for men and women alike. Eyal Damari was in the zone and rolled a bunch of strikes and made all his spares to top all the bowlers in the league with a personal- best 246! Yehuda Kaplinsky, the most Senior bowler in the league, in his late 60s, was on the mark with a 233. Ziva Gur led all the women bowlers in the league with a 210. In the same game, her teammate Itamar Paz rolled a 204. Other bowlers to top the 200 plateau included: Naftali Zilber - 205, Reuven Ovadia - 204, Yossi Meni - 201. Here the results of Eyal's games last week and last Sunday on the league: 247, 225, 225

About Damari Amnon:About DAMARI AMNON: I am 56 years old married and have 3 kids 2 of them in the I.D.F I am working in I.A.I since I retired from the AIR FORCE I love to play bowling .My son Eyal study in modiien "gvanim" high school A school for special education and special needs students and all the time I am telling to my son don’t give up that’s why I teach to play bowling since he was 6 years old .
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July 07, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Netherlands

The Netherlands is ready for the Special Olympics European Games

By Natascha Bruers

The Special Olympics Team The Netherlands has 39 athletes and 11 coaches who are participating in 6 kinds of sports during the upcoming European Games 2014 in Antwerp.View Story The Special Olympics Team Netherlands has 39 athletes and 11 coaches who are participating in 6 kinds of sports during the upcoming European Games 2014 in Antwerp. Last month during the Opening Ceremony of our Special Olympics National Games 2014 in Heerenveen, we presented Special Olympics Team Netherlands with the Torch Run to all attendees. It was amazing to run with Torch Run to the big venue of SV Heerenveen and during the openings ceremony. The speaker gave full attention to the team. All athletes felt like a big star! It was a big experience for them. We will wish all coaches and athletes all the best in Antwerp and hope that you enjoy this amazing movie!

About Natascha Bruers:Since 2008 till now I am the sport director of Special Olympics Netherlands and I am assistant head of delegation of TEAM Netherlands for all World Games. It is an amazing job to work for Special Olympics and especially for the athletes. They are my heroes! Without them I didn’t have such an amazing job as now.
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July 01, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Czech Republic

Czech Republic 2014 Games Prepare Road to LA 2015

By Hana Pavlistova

Good luck to all the athletes competing!

Celebrities and sports stars came together to celebrate Special Olympics athletes in Brno, Czech Republic as the 2014 National Games open. The Games represent the largest Special Olympics event in the Czech Republic for 2014.View Story Celebrities and sports stars came together to celebrate Special Olympics athletes in Brno, Czech Republic as the 2014 National Games open. The Games represent the largest Special Olympics event in Czech Republic for 2014. The longest serving world-record holder in athletics, runner Jarmila Kratochvílová, lit the cauldron on Monday, June 30th. The Opening Ceremony also included performances by leading Czech singers František Nedvěd and Lucie Bílá, both of whom waived their fees. 431 athletes from 63 clubs across the country are competing in athletics, volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, swimming, bocce and adapted sports at the sport fields of the Brno Technical University from July 1st to 2nd. They are supported by 300 family members, coaches and volunteers. “These Games are part of the selection process for Team Czech Republic to go to the World Summer Games that will take place in Los Angeles in 2015,” says Martina Středová, national director of the Special Olympics CR.

About Hana Pavlistova:I am President of Special Olympics Czech Republic.
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June 30, 2014 | Africa: Burkina Faso

Burkina-Faso Clinical Director Assists Special Olympics Italy

By Lauren Wyndham Quin

Since Special Olympics knows no boundaries, being abroad did not deter Dr. Edmond Gue from Burkina-Faso, from volunteering at a Healthy Athletes event.View Story Since Special Olympics knows no boundaries, being abroad did not deter Dr. Edmond Gue from Burkina-Faso, from volunteering at a Healthy Athletes event. After hearing the news that Special Olympics Italy would be hosting their Summer Games in La Spezia in June, Dr. Gue (Health Promotion Clinical Director) immediately got in touch with Filippo Inversi (Regional Clinical Advisor, Europe-Eurasia) who had trained him in 2012, during the Special Olympics Unity Cup in South Africa. It did not take long for Dr. Gue to fit right in with the rest of the HP team, who were happy to have an opportunity to share the experience with a someone from another region. Even the athletes were surprised that there was a doctor all the way from Africa! The Special Olympics Italy Health Promotion team were delighted to host Dr. Gue and were grateful for his dedication and willingness to volunteer - at home and in Italy!

About Lauren Wyndham Quin:Healthy Athletes, Africa
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

Jul 26 - 30 2014

Special Olympics World Golf Cup

This will be a Special Olympics level 5 golf competition that will include 18 to 24 of the best Special Olympics golf players in the world. All Special Olympics golf programs are welcome to send information about their top-5 players. Athletes will be selected and invited to compete in the tournament.
For more information
Jesper Hviid
Email:jhv@dhif.dk
Phone:+4540157660
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Helsingor Golf Club
Gl. Hellebakvej 71
Helsingor
DENMARK

Aug 16 - 17 2014

Special Olympics Norway National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Norway National Games will welcome about 100 athletes to compete in athletics at the new Brandbu Stadium, about a one hour drive north of Oslo. The games include several track and field events, such as long jump, ball throws, shot-put and running. -- NORSK: I samarbeid med Brandbu Idretsforening og Civitan Norge, ønsker Special Olympics Norge å invitere til årets store sommerstevne i friidrett! Mer informasjon og påmelding finnes på specialolympics.no
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Roald Undlien
Email:roald.undlien@specialolympics.no
Phone:+47 41 43 16 57
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Brandbu Stadion
Brandbu, Oppland
NORWAY

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 10 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

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!
For more information
Krzysztof Krukowski
Email:kkrukowski@specialolympics.org
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Atlas Arena
Lódz, Poland
POLAND


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