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With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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Stories from Asia Pacific


March 03, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

Special Olympics Australia Partners with Mazda Foundation

By Sharon Nixon

Martin Benders, Chairperson of Mazda Foundation (left), Nicola Stokes, CEO Special Olympics Australia (right) with Dandenong Valley athletes Jake De La Motte and Jessica McCulloch.

Yesterday Special Olympics Australia launched a four-year partnership with Mazda Foundation who is providing $500,000 for the retention, recruitment and development of Special Olympics coaches across Australia.View Story Yesterday Special Olympics Australia launched a four-year partnership with Mazda Foundation who is providing $500,000 for the retention, recruitment and development of Special Olympics coaches across Australia. The launch took place at Dandenong Stadium in Victoria where 120 enthusiastic basketballers from seven clubs had gathered for an inter-club competition. Nicola Stokes, CEO of Special Olympics Australia gratefully accepted a ‘big cheque’ from Martin Benders, Chairperson of Mazda Foundation. Mr Benders said, ‘Mazda Foundation is pleased to partner with Special Olympics Australia for this extended period to develop a coaching program that matches Mazda Foundation’s current focus which is about supporting people with a disability to reach their potential, while shining a light on their ability.’ To view photos from the Mazda Foundation Partnership Launch please visit the link below.

About Sharon Nixon:I am the National Manager of Communications and Brand at Special Olympics Australia.
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February 25, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

Nothing Will Dampen the Spirit of Team Australia

By Sharon Nixon

Team Australia in training camp for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015.

Even a tropical cyclone couldn’t dampen the spirits of Team Australia when they gathered for a team training camp to prepare for LA2015. Despite lashing rain, severe wind and flash flooding almost all 76 athletes and 29 officials made it to camp to train across 12 sports.View Story Even a tropical cyclone couldn’t dampen the spirits of Team Australia when they gathered for a team training camp to prepare for LA2015. Despite lashing rain, severe wind and flash flooding almost all 76 athletes and 29 officials made it to camp to train across 12 sports. With outdoor venues closed, creative indoor training solutions were needed. So the tennis players set up a net in the carpark, our golfers headed off to the local putt-putt golf centre and the sailors held activities in the pool alongside our swim squad, which included first-time Australian representative Alannah McKeown from Victoria. Prior to camp Alannah had been struggling with her tumble-turn so she was really hoping to improve her skills at camp. Much to the delight of her team-mates and coach she did. Alannah says, ‘I love the things that I can learn to do with Special Olympics Australia and it makes me feel very proud and emotional to be swimming for Australia.’ Watch out world Team Australia are on the way!

About Sharon Nixon:I am the National Manager of Communications and Brand with Special Olympics Australia.
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February 19, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Cycling.... way of life

By Avtar Singh

Cycling is the best means to improve respiratory and cardiovascular system. Besides improving strength, co-ordination and concentration, it induces agility in different ups and downs of life.View Story Cycling is the best means to improve respiratory and cardiovascular system. Besides improving strength, co-ordination and concentration, it induces agility in different ups and downs of life. For our Special Olympics athletes, cycling is a sure short rehabilitation sport as it ensures proper sleep, alertness, balance and best way to merge in the main stream of society with confidence and respect.

About Avtar Singh:Regional Trainer for Asia Pacific Countries (Presently serving Special Olympics Bharat on honorary basis) 7- Times National Champion in Cycling Time Trial Event Adjudged "Fastest Cyclist of India" several Times
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February 03, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

Misunderstood

By Keith Stone

almost without a word

A friend of mine made subtitles for a friend of his with cerebral palsy. Whereas i could not previously understand anything he was saying, then when I could "hear" him now with such spirit and intelligence and real strength.View Story A friend of mine made subtitles for a friend of his with cerebral palsy. Whereas i could not previously understand anything he was saying, then when I could "hear" him now with such spirit and intelligence and real strength. It was my disability in not being able to understand him previously. But I immediately related to why many humans don't understand many humans, all we needed is time & kindness as love, all the time.I recommend "Dave Battens World"

About Keith Stone:They say I'm disabled, but I mostly understand who ever i speak wit,h but more often, all I understand is, who can't understand both of us.
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January 29, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

Having Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome Has Not Stop Me from Competing in Equestrian Competitions

By Raymond Tanner (Andrew's father)

photo of Andrew riding in the SO Nationals in Melbourne 2014

My name is Andrew Tanner and I was recently selected to represent Australia in the Special Olympics equestrian team and I will be competing at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles this July.View Story My name is Andrew Tanner and I was recently selected to represent Australia in the Special Olympics equestrian team and I will be competing at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles this July. Due to having Velo Cardio Facial syndrome I have faced many challenges. First of all I was born with 2 holes in the heart which were repaired when I was a baby. However, during surgery I had a stroke which caused me to become Intellectually Disabled. As a result of having VCFS, I also need to do speech therapy & my speech therapist advised me that I should do horse riding with Riding for the Disabled. At the time I was 8 years old. I am now 27. Since being involved with Special Olympics I have won many gold medals, silver medals & some bronze medals. More information on VCFS can be found on www.vcfsef.org.

About Raymond Tanner (Andrew's father):I am Andrew's father & I also have the syndrome. I am one of the major advocates in promoting awareness of Velo Cardio Facial syndrome/Di George/22q11.2 DS. Also, I am one of the oldest people in the world with the syndrome aged 65.
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