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Stories From Africa


July 23, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Podiatry Students Join Special Olympics on Nelson Mandela Day!

By Lauren Wyndham Quin

Following in the spirit of Madiba, Special Olympics South Africa and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) hosted their first Fit Feet training event on 18 July.View Story Following in the spirit of Madiba, Special Olympics South Africa and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) hosted their first Fit Feet training event on 18 July. Eleven final year podiatry students attended to learn more about Healthy Athletes (HA) and caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In addition to the training, the students conducted a "mini clinic" for athletes from San Michele Home. Nomzamo Duma, Special Olympics Regional Clinical Advisor, lead both the theoretical and practical components and had the following to say: "This was a great celebration for Mandela Day, which brought in many wishes and opened doors for both Special Olympics athletes and clinicians alike and we look forward to a refined relationship with UJ in future." Following a wonderful day of learning, Mr. Ntuli, a lecturer at UJ has committed to attending the next HA screening, assisting with referrals and including Special Olympics in the agenda of the 2016 Health Sciences curricula review.

About Lauren Wyndham Quin:Regional Manager, Healthy Athletes
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July 23, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

Malawi prepares for Los Angeles Games

By Peter Kanjere

Special Olympic Malawi director Felix Chisowa. Malawi athletes training.

Special Olympics Malawi holds its 2014 national games in capital city Lilongwe from August 28 to 29 2014 in preparations for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, the United States.View Story Special Olympics Malawi holds its 2014 national games in capital city Lilongwe from August 28 to 29 2014 in preparations for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, the United States. The Lilongwe games will see 180 athletes from 14 districts taking part in athletics, table tennis and soccer sporting activities in a bid to make the grade for the Malawi national team for next year's games in the States. “It is with great pride that we stand ready to host our 2014 Special Olympics Malawi games. Please join us in supporting our athletes as they compete for the honour of representing our great nation at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles where our athletes will compete in athletics," Special Olympics Malawi director Felix Chisowa said. Apart from the usual Special Olympics activities, the national event will also feature a national unified sport where we combine people with and without intellectual disabilities to play. During the recent Special Olympics World Summer games that took place in Athens Greece from June 19, 2011 to July 4, 2011, Malawi was represented by five athletes who competed in athletics/track and field (long and high jump. 400, 200 and 100 meters racing) and won three gold medals, one bronze and three Silver medals. The Malawi team will be hoping to replicate the incredible success of 2011. The two sporting activities that the athletes will compete at the 2015 Would Summer Games include athletics, and table tennis. Ends.

About Peter Kanjere: I am a sports journalist, 35, based in Malawi, Africa. I am also president of Sports Writers Association of Malawi.
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July 17, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics Brings Hope to Hoima

By Lauren Wyndham Quin

This is only the beginning: Special Olympics Uganda will be returning to Hoima with athlete leaders to offer on-going support to this community in the fight against malaria. Stay tuned!View Story On 12 July 2014, community members gathered in the western town of Hoima to lead Special Olympics Uganda athletes in an awareness walk to the central sports centre, where athletes would participate in their first Regional Games. Alongside the athletics, volleyball and soccer, Local Government Health Officials provided information to caretakers on preventative measures against cholera and malaria, in an area where infections are rife and effects devastating. Special Olympics staff members were also invited to community talk shows and interviews to engage in discussions that would bring about a new perspective on inclusion and access to care for individuals with intellectual disabilities. But this is only the beginning. Since Special Olympics Uganda are recipients of the new Expanding Health Grant they will be returning to Hoima, with athlete leaders, to offer on-going support to this community in the fight against malaria. Stay tuned as we follow Special Olympics Uganda's journey of creating real impact and lasting change in Hoima.

About Lauren Wyndham Quin:Healthy Athletes, Special Olympics Africa Region
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July 01, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Nandi county, Kenya, finds a heroine in Mrs. Kaittany

By Mr John Makathimo

Special Olympics Kenya was introduced to the Nandi County by a very courageous lady, Mrs. Rhoda Kaittany. Mrs. Kaittany was determined to seek help for her son, who has an intellectual disability, in a region that didn’t cater to children with special needs.View Story Special Olympics Kenya was introduced to the Nandi County by a very courageous lady, Mrs. Rhoda Kaittany. Mrs. Kaittany was determined to seek help for her son, who has an intellectual disability, in a region that didn’t cater to children with special needs. She took it upon herself to create the infrastructure needed to support a Special Olympics program in Nandi County, to find children with intellectual disabilities who were not in school, to find teachers and chiefs who were willing to be trained as coaches, to procure corporate sponsorship, and to identify facilities to host Special Olympics events. Her valiant efforts paid off and the Nandi program was launched with support from local government and a commitment to include the new sub-program in budget allocation for the 2014-2015 fiscal years. With this support the county was able to host its first county competitions in May at the Aldia Girls Secondary School. Approximately 45 athletes, 9 Unified partners and 45 family members attended the competitions. A remarkable highlight in Mrs. Kaittany's story is the discovery of three children with an intellectual disability who had grown up in virtual isolation due to the lack of facilities in the region, one was even tied with a rope and locked in a sheep’s pen to keep him out of harm's way. Happily these three youths are now involved with Special Olympics and were able to participate in the competitions. Mrs. Kiattanty remarked that one looked overjoyed about being outside, while another seemed shocked as if he was seeing the world for the very first time. The county put on a great competition for the athletes and provided them with entertainment in song, dance and poems that was thoroughly enjoyed by the family members and community who came out in full support to witness their children reveal their true potential.

About Mr John Makathimo:Special Olympics Kenya National Director
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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

Aug 7, 2014

Zimbabwe National Games

Please join Special Olympics Zimbabwe on August 7-10 at Harare National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games.
For more information
Dr. Molly Matambanashe
Email:sozimbabwedirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+263 772 423 83
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Harare National Stadium
Old Mutual Centre, 13th floor, cnr 3rd street
Harare
ZIMBABWE

Aug 10, 2014

Botswana National Games

Please join Special Olympics Botswana on August 8-15 at Botswana National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games.
For more information
Mr Ross Tebele
Email:sobotswanadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+267392 3090
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Botswana National Stadium
Plot 1864, EXT 15,Nowane Road
Gaborone
BOTSWANA

Aug 16, 2014

Togo National Games

Please join Special Olympics Togo on August 16th at Lome National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information
For more information
Mr Komla Galley
Email:sotogodirector@gmail.com
Phone:+228 90004 4550
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Lome National Stadium
04 BP 561
Lomè
TOGO

Aug 29, 2014

Swaziland National Games

Please join Special Olympics Swaziland on August 29-30 in Mbabane as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Wandile Fajudze
Email:soswazilanddirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+268 762 19813
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Office 25 DPM Building
Mbabane
SWAZILAND

Sep 12, 2014

Seychelles National Games

Please join Special Olympics Zimbabwe on September 12-13 at Stad Linite as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Ms. Erica Celeste
Email:soseychellesdirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+248 251 2181
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Stad LiniteVictoria
SEYCHELLES

Sep 13, 2014

Burkina Faso National Games

Please join Special Olympics Burkina Faso on September 13-14 in Ouagadougou as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Ms Annick Pikbougoum
Email:soburkinafasodirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+226 7027 2883
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01 BP 411
Ouagadougou
BURKINA FASO

Sep 23, 2014

Uganda National Games

Please join Special Olympics Uganda on September 23-27 at Kampala National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Denis Lutalo
Email:sougandadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+256 414 270 710
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Kampala National Stadium
Plot 254 Kabanjagala Road
Kampala
UGANDA

Sep 27, 2014

Mauritius National Games

Please join Special Olympics Mauritius on September 27th at Mauritius National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Satyagan Choytun
Email:somauritiusdirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+230 5428 1857
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Mauritius National Stadium
Royal Road, Grand Retraite
Bon Accueil
MAURITIUS

Oct 9, 2014

Malawi National Games

Please join Special Olympics Malawi on October 9th at Kamuau Stadium Grounds as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Felix Chisowa
Email:somalawidirector@gmail.com
Phone:+265 999 321 885
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Kamuau Stadium Grounds
Plot BE 254
Blantyre
MALAWI


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