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


April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Special Olympics Serbia Swimmers Make a Splash

By Milana Jeremic

Special Olympics Serbia swimmers (l-r) Bojan Romanic and Marko Zlatkovic who won silver and bronze medals in the 25 m freestyle.

A national swimming competition for 160 Special Olympics Serbia athletes was held on 22 March 2014 in Zrenjanin. Male and female swimmers from 12 Special Olympics sports clubs throughout Serbia competed in the biggest national aquatics event of the year for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story A national swimming competition for 160 Special Olympics Serbia athletes was held on 22 March 2014 in Zrenjanin. Male and female swimmers from 12 Special Olympics sports clubs throughout Serbia competed in the biggest national aquatics event of the year for people with intellectual disabilities. The competition had the full support of local government and was opened by Zlatana Antic, the city official who is in charge of youth and sports. The special guest at the event was Olympic swimmer Miroslava Najdanovski, who hails from Zrenjanin and represented Serbia at two Olympic Games and is still very active in the sport.

About Milana Jeremic :Milana Jeremic is National Administrator of Special Olympics Serbia.
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April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Romania

Swiss-Romanian University Cooperation Continues

By Viorel Mocanu

Prof. Jerome Barral (left) being interviewed by TVR (nationa) and Realitatea TV (commercial).

Two instructors from Switzerland held seminars on Adapted Physical Activities for Social Inclusion in five sports universities in five cities in Romania from 7 to 12 April 2014. Traveling over 2000 km throughout the country, the instructors and their presentations were enthusiastically received at each university.View Story Two instructors from Switzerland held seminars on Adapted Physical Activities for Social Inclusion in five sports universities in five cities in Romania from 7 to 12 April 2014. Gabriel Currat, from Special Olympics Switzerland, and Prof. Jerome Barral from the University of Lausanne provided instruction to more than 300 students and professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities. Traveling over 2000 km throughout the country, the instructors and their presentations were enthusiastically received at each university. The seminars, which provided scientific information and methodology on Adapted Physical Activities, are part of a project supported by the Swiss contribution to the enlarged European Union. Special Olympics Romania, National University of Physical Education and Sport Bucharest, Special Olympics Switzerland and the University of Lausanne are project partners. In 2013, Romanian participants attended a seminar in Lausanne. The 18-month project will run until 2015.

About Viorel Mocanu:Viorel Mocanu is Sports Director of Special Olympics Romania.
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April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Kayak Event Recognizes International Day of Sport for Peace and Development

By Joanna Despotopoulou

On the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development on 6 April 2014, 35 Special Olympics Hellas (Greece) athletes and 22 Unified partners from Athens and Chania participated in the Kayak national championship “SOUDA 2014.”View Story On the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development on 6 April 2014, 35 Special Olympics Hellas (Greece) athletes and 22 Unified partners from Athens and Chania participated in the Kayak national championship “SOUDA 2014.” The championship was organized by the Nautical Club of Chania in cooperation with Special Olympics Hellas, and held in the famous Souda Bay (Chania, Island of Grete). The event brought together Special Olympics athletes with Olympic and World Class athletes from different nautical clubs of Greece who competed in the spirit of unity celebrating peace and sport in an environment of acceptance.

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is President of Special Olympics Hellas.
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April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Croatia

Skating, Bowling and Athletics at Special Olympics Croatia

By Franjo Horvat

Special Olympics Croatia athletes, coaches and volunteers at the athletics competition in Daruvar.

Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating.View Story Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule, with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating. In late March, an athletics competition was held for 30 athletes in Daruvar and organized in cooperation with the Center for Education Rudolf Steiner. Athletes came from Daruvar, Zagreb, Zajezda, Ozal and Velika Gorica. In early April, 26 teams from throughout Croatia participated in a championship bowling tournament. The tournament was held at the Green Gold Club in Zagreb and organized in cooperation with Special Club Luc. Also in April a championship was held for Special Olympics Croatian speed- and figure-skaters in Zagreb. Thirty-eight skaters from Zagreb, Zaprešić, Dugo Selo, Pula and Osijek participated. Special Olympics Croatia organized the skating competition in cooperation with the Center for Education Prekrižje and the Rehabilitation Center Zagreb. More than 50 volunteers helped with the three competitions.

About Franjo Horvat:Franjo Horvat is National Director of Special Olympics Croatia
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April 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

Thank You to European Football Federations

By Maureen Rabbitt

Special recognition was also given to Polish Ekstraklasa SA and top Polish Football Club - here SO Poland Director Boguslaw Galazka presents to Jakub Szumilewicz, Exectutive Director of Legia Warsaw football club and to Marcin Animucki, Board Member of Ekstraklasa SA.

The 12th Special Olympics European Football Conference was an opportunity for Special Olympics and UEFA to recognise European Football Federations who are making real and significant efforts to expand opportunities for footballers with intellectual disabilities. The Football Association of Ireland,View Story The 12th Special Olympics European Football Conference was an opportunity for Special Olympics and UEFA to recognize European Football Federations who are making real and significant efforts to expand opportunities for footballers with intellectual disabilities. The Football Association of Ireland, The Belarus Football Federation and Icelandic Football Association all received special recognition for their efforts. Other European football federations represented at the Warsaw conference included Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Estonia, Georgia, Holland and Moldova. "At this Conference I received a lot of good and useful information about football that I never knew before" says Anatolie Cojocari, Moldova FF and Special Olympics coach. This 12th edition of the Conference focused on Safety & Injury Prevention and was attended by Special Olympics football coaches and coordinators, as well as the Federation representatives.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications & Brand Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Apr 24 - 27 2014

European Floorball Tournament

Join Special Olympics on 24-27 April in Austria & Liechetestein as 18 teams from 16 European countries will compete in a Floorball Tournament sponsored by Special Olympics Austria and the Bodensee Organization. During this time, a Floorball Seminar will also be held where 20 coaches will attend to prepare for 2017 World Games.
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AUSTRIA

Apr 25 - 27 2014

Great Britain National Netball Championships 2014

Join Special Olympics Great Britain at the Soar Valley Netball Centre in Leicester, Great Britain on 25-27 April 2014 for two days of exciting netball competition. Come cheer on and support our Special Olympics athletes as they show their skill and courage on the court.
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Mary Martin
Email:stalis.crete@yahoo.co.uk
Phone:0141 579 5403
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Soar Valley Netball Centre
Gleneagles Drive

Leicester LE4 7GY, Great Britain
UNITED KINGDOM

May 4, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Great Limerick Run

Get your laces tied up and sign up to this fantastic event, offering you the choice to run 4 different course lengths. You can choose from the Full Marathon, a Marathon Relay, the Half-Marathon or a Six Mile course. Training schedules are provided no matter what length you choose, so why not get involved? Run your personal best in Limerick next year! And be proud to be part of the Special Olympics Ireland team! Sign up and full information on the event and different options are available at www.greatlimerickrun.com.
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People's Park
Limerick , Munster
IRELAND

Jun 12 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster
IRELAND

Jun 13 - 15 2014

Open Water Swimming Coaches Training

Special Olympics Netherlands is organizing a Coaches Train the Trainer workshop on Open Water Swimming and hosting a Unified Open Water Swimming competition for 50 athletes on June 13-15 in Heerenveen/Sneek, Holland.
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Natascha Bruers
Email:n.bruers@specialolympics.nl
Phone:+31 30 659 7349
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Heerenveen/Sneek
The Netherlands, Holland
NETHERLANDS

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.
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Jesper Hviid
Email:jhv@dhif.dk
Phone:+4540157660
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Helsingor Golf Club
Gl. Hellebakvej 71
Helsingor
DENMARK

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 11 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


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