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 16, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Families share hopes for Special Olympics with Tim Shriver

By Suzanne Coogan

Tim Shriver speaking with families of Special Olympics athletes at the European Games Family Forum, Olympic Town

Families of Special Olympics athletes had the opportunity of sharing their ideas about the future direction of Special Olympics with Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver at a Families Q&A session in the Olympic Town.View Story Families of Special Olympics athletes had the opportunity of sharing their ideas about the future direction of Special Olympics with Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver at a Families Q&A session in the Olympic Town. Families shared their hopes, challenges, concerns and ideas with Tim who encouraged each member to give their opinion. “As we plan for the next five years we must ask ourselves the big questions. Where is Special Olympics going? What needs to be changed? What do we do wrong, what are we doing right? I am asking for your opinions,” Tim Shriver told the group. The father of a Special Olympics France athlete said the most pressing challenge in Europe as he sees it is the lack of media attention and public awareness. Regional President of Special Olympics in Europe, Mary Davis, accepts this. “Generating awareness is a real challenge for us. We try hard to get the media’s attention, but reaching out to schools and young people must be a new focus for us. The young will educate society."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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September 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Irish Athletes Get Checked Out At Healthy Athletes Program

By Fiona Hynes

Carrie Doyle getting the once over at the Healthy Athletes Program as part of 2014 European Games

While the focus of the 2014 European is very much on sporting activity, athletes are also being encouraged to avail of the fantastic services available as part of the Healthy Athletes program.View Story While the focus of the 2014 European Games is very much on sports, athletes are also getting free health screening checks from more than 300 medical professional volunteers as part of the Healthy Athletes Program. Team Ireland athlete Carrie Doyle was certainly making the most of the Program which aims to improve every athlete’s health and fitness in order to enhance their ability to train and compete and ultimately to improve the athlete’s well-being in daily life. 26 year old Carrie from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, who is a table-tennis athlete, took the opportunity to get a check-up from the dedicated medical volunteers working at the Games. All participating athletes have access to free health check services in seven clinical disciplines.Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry). 

About Fiona Hynes:PR, Marketing & Communications Manager with Special Olympics Ireland
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September 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Unified cooking at the olympic town

By Ayla Colman

Christer Elfving and his cooking team

Every day a group of students with autism and a head chef cook at the Olympic Town. It’s called Unified Cooking.View Story Every day a group of students with autism and a head chef cook at the Olympic Town. It’s called Unified Cooking. Some impressive chefs cooperate, like Wout Bru and Viky Geunes. The students come from a cook school for students with autism. “The main goal of the school is to prepare the students for the circumstances in a normal working space,” says teacher An Martens. “In June, we started with the preparation for this week. If we don’t start that early, there could be too much changes for the students. That could be compared with a lot of stress. But the students are very enthusiastic.” Yesterday’s chef Christer Elfvings hopes that the students will keep on working in the cook area. “The main goal is not only to awake the Olympic fire, but also the fire in the cooking station.” The chef would love to work together with the students in the future. “I’ve done a lot of projects like this and I always try to hold the contact with my colleagues. In the kitchen you can always use some help.”

About Ayla Colman:I am a Belgian volunteer as a reporter at the media centre of Special Olympics 2014
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September 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Mieke De Mot wins first medal for Belgium

By Charlotte Van Havermaet

Swimmer Mieke De Mot won Belgians first gold medal. In her category, 400m freestyle, Mieke won with a time of 06:26:44.View Story Swimmer Mieke De Mot won Belgium's first medal of the Games. In her category, 400m freestyle, Mieke won with a time of 06:26:44. Mieke started strongly but was passed by Norwegian swimmer Rona Hjelmstad and Britan's Natalie Moon. De Mot swims a while in fourth position, until she passes Norwegian Rona Hjelmstad. Final result was bronze to Belgium. In her category, Mieke took first place. After the competition, Mieke's family was thrilled. For a while they were afraid she wouldn’t be able to compete in the Games. Her older brother Stijn says: “Two weeks ago, Mieke suffered from a sports injury and for a while it was uncertain if she’d be physically able to attend. Fortunately she recovered in time and now she won Belgium's first medal! We are very happy!” Results: first place is for Russia's Kraeva Ekaterina with a time of 05:01:82, second place wasthe UK's Natalie Moon and bronze went to Mieke De Mot.

About Charlotte Van Havermaet:I am a volunteer at Special Olympics as a reporter at the media centre. I am from Belgium.
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September 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

MOU Signed with International School Sports Federation at Antwerp 2014

By Maureen Rabbitt

Chairman of Special Olympics International Tim Shriver with President of the International School Sport Federation together at the Special Olympics Scientific Symposium.

A partnership that brings new hope for millions of people around the world with intellectual disabilities was signed today between Special Olympics International and the International School Sports Federation.View Story A partnership that brings new hope for millions of people around the world with intellectual disabilities was signed today between Special Olympics International and the International School Sports Federation during the Special Olympics European Games 2014 Scientific Symposium in Antwerp, Belgium today. "This is the beginning of a long collaboration" said Laurent Petrynka, President of ISF "We share the same values as Special Olympics as well as an extensive international network. We like the idea of share though sport and look forward to introducing more models of inclusion." Chairman of Special Olympics International said: “Play is where fundamental changes can take place and we urge more inclusive sports training and experiences for young people in schools. “This new partnership with ISF brings hope to millions of people excluded and neglected around the world”.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at 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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