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 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

Thank You to European Football Federations

By Maureen Rabbitt

Special recognition was also given to two top Polish Football Clubs - here SO Poland Dir. Boguslaw Galazka presents to Jakub Szumilewicz, Exectutive Director of Legia Warsaw football club and to Marcin Animucki, Board Member of Polish 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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April 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

Europe Celebrates 12th Football Conference

By Maureen Rabbitt

More than 55 Special Olympics football coordinators and coaches gathered in Warsaw, Poland last weekend to discuss and strategize on the development of football for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story More than 55 Special Olympics football coordinators and coaches gathered in Warsaw, Poland last weekend to discuss and strategize on the development of football for people with intellectual disabilities. They were joined by representatives from some of the leading football organizations in the region including: UEFA, England Football Association and Belgium Association as well as top Polish club Legia Warsaw – all strong supporters of Special Olympics. The 12th edition of the conference is dedicated to Safety and Injury Prevention to secure a better environment, as a platform for the integration of young people with intellectual disabilities.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia.
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April 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bulgaria

Ride for Peace in Bulgaria

By Hristo Hristozov

Children with and without intellectual disabilities learned to ride and care for horses in Bulgaria.

The riding school NIESA in Ihtiman, Bulgaria (http://www.ridingcenterbulgaria.com) organized a riding camp for 14 children with and without intellectual disabilities.View Story The riding school NIESA in Ihtiman, Bulgaria (http://www.ridingcenterbulgaria.com) organized a riding camp for 14 children with and without intellectual disabilities. Known as the ‘Ride for Peace’ in recognition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the camp, held 31 March-6 April 2014, offered children the chance to improve their riding skills and to learn how to care for horses. The camp was held in cooperation with Special Olympics Bulgaria.

About Hristo Hristozov:Hristo Hristozov is National Director of Special Olympics Bulgaria and a keen rider.
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April 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Kazakhstan

Special Olympics and UNICEF: Continued Community Building in Eastern Kazakhstan

By David Evangelista

Special Olympics and UNICEF Kazakhstan have entered Phase II of the community-development project "Building Inclusive Communities for Children with Intellectual Disabilities," pledging to expand the reach of services to include more children with intellectual disabilities and their families.View Story Special Olympics and UNICEF Kazakhstan have entered Phase II of the community-development project "Building Inclusive Communities for Children with Intellectual Disabilities," pledging to expand the reach of services to include more children with intellectual disabilities and their families in eastern Kazakhstan. The project will provide early childhood development services, family support seminars, participation in inclusive sports and health examinations. It will also integrate health education and referral services by the Red Crescent National Society of Kazakhstan, primarily around the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. Olympic Gold Medalist Olga Rypakova will serve as national ambassador for the project and shares the excitement with both organizations. "This is a very innovative approach to community building," said Bjoern Koehler, who leads the project at Special Olympics. "We are grateful to the Republic of Kazakhstan for their confidence and commitment to action."

About David Evangelista:I serve as Vice President, Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics International.
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April 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

“You just gave me a chance for a better, more comfortable life”

By Lynn Erickson

Janusz Szkurłat, pictured, shares how his life changed. “I’m very grateful and would like to [say] thanks for the gift. Thanks to the hearing aids I feel better during the competitions or training sessions, I have better contact with friends and colleagues. I am confident. I’m very glad that [the] aids are very small and do not bother me in my daily life. The best thing is that nobody notices I have them! Once more thank you!”

Two of our athletes from Poland found themselves in a situation many Special Olympics athletes encounter when they – like 1 in every 4 Special Olympics athletes worldwide – failed a hearing examination.  Marcin Marcin and Janusz Szkurlat then had another shared experience: they received the follow-up care they needed quickly.View Story Two of our athletes from Poland found themselves in a situation many Special Olympics athletes encounter when they – like 1 in every 4 Special Olympics athletes worldwide – failed a hearing examination.  Marcin Marcin and Janusz Szkurlat then had another shared experience: they received the follow-up care they needed quickly. The two had taken part in a free health screening at a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes clinic. Following the clinic, Special Olympics Poland worked with partner Hear the World Foundation to ensure athletes who had failed hearing examinations at the clinic received the follow-up care they needed. Miernik and Szkurlat both received hearing aids. “I would like to thank you for the hearing aids, which not only gave me confidence, increased sense of safety, but mainly greatly facilitated contacts in my work and with my friends,” Miernik said. “You just gave me a chance for a better, more comfortable life. Thank you.”

About Lynn Erickson:Manager, Health Communications for Special Olympics
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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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