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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


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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January 15, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

My Experience

By Frances Joynt

I joined up with Special Olympics Victoria in 1999 at the recommendation of another athlete and I am so glad I did, I love swimming and I never thought that I could do swimming as a sport, but being part of this unique program has been amazing.View Story I joined up with Special Olympics Victoria in 1999 at the recommendation of another athlete and I am so glad I did, I love swimming and I never thought that I could do swimming as a sport, but being part of this unique program has been amazing. I have excelled in many competitions and races, I have been to the ACT, Adelaide, Canberra and also participated in the National games here in Melbourne, in Albert Park 2014. As of last year ( 2014 ) I was also part of the Athletes Leadership Program, encouraging other people with intellectual disabilities to join up, become athletes, volunteers or coaches, I have graduated from a weekend course on this and now I am a spokesperson or Ambassador for Special Olympics. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the people in my region and in other regions too, I love the experiences I have with other fellow athletes, Coaches, volunteers and families. I would definitely like to encourage others to take up this opportunity to beome a part of SpecialOlympics.

About Frances Joynt:Hello everyone, My name is Frances Joynt, but you can call me Francesca. I grew up in Camberwell but moved to Wattle Glen, and then from there to Watsonia. I am currently a student at TAFE doing a second year doing Certificate 1 in Work education, and I am also trying to find work at the same time, hopefully in office work but before I do that I need to find part time work doing something else to pass the time so I can start saving up my money for other important things. I am a member of Watermarc Leisure centre in Greensborough and go to church at All Saints Anglican church regularly, I take part in services and help with the tea and coffee afterwards. I follow the Melbourne Demons footy club but i'm not a member as yet. My favourite singer of all time is Guy Sebastian because I love his singing and his music, and I would really like to meet him some day.
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January 08, 2015 | Asia Pacific: New Zealand

Nothing Retarding My Progress

By Simon Buckingham

Last September, I stood for Parliament here in New Zealand for the NZ Labour Party. I am New Zealand's first Autistic Spectrum lawyer, and have two degrees behind me.View Story Last September, I stood for Parliament here in New Zealand for the NZ Labour Party. I am New Zealand's first Autistic Spectrum lawyer, and have two degrees behind me. I have neurodiversity issues, sure, but I am simply a bit different from the norm. Educated, professional, and even moderately well known in a small Country. There is nothing retarding my progress.

About Simon Buckingham:An average Aspie bloke, going through life like anyone else. I don't have a listed role however. Perhaps you need to have an option saying 'Other'. :-)
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November 21, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

“One of the happiest days of my life”

By Asim Zar

Hello. I have been swimming for last seven years and recently I participated in the Regional & National Games 2014 held by Special Olympics Pakistan. The encouragement by the Coaches & other fellow athletes made me feel important.View Story Hello. I have been swimming for last seven years and recently I participated in the Regional & National Games 2014 held by Special Olympics Pakistan. The encouragement by the Coaches & other fellow athletes made me feel important. After games, team was invited at a club where Regional men’s swimming championship was going on. There were about 300 spectators and Special Olympics Pakistan athletes were invited to swim alongside main stream swimmers. Seeing so many people, I was so nervous & afraid but instead I wanted to prove myself and this was a golden opportunity for me. I performed my best that day & could hear everyone cheering & shouting and when I got to the finish line we were announced the winners. It was the encouragement I got from all around me. This Gold medal I won, all credit goes to Special Olympics Pakistan & my family for believing me & giving confidence. I also was given the mike to say a few words. I grab the mike & showed my excitement like never before. I`m proud to be a part of Special Olympics.

About Asim Zar :My name is Asim Zar and I am 27 years old special athlete and currently working in “DANPAK” food factory as a general helper in packaging department.
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November 19, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Australia

It's Not Funny

By Ella

My little sister has Rett syndrome which makes me a lot more sensitive to some language than other. Lately I have been asking a boy in my class to stop saying the R word.View Story My little sister has Rett syndrome which makes me a lot more sensitive to some language than other. Lately I have been asking a boy in my class to stop saying the R word. He kept on saying it, saying "it's just a word". It came to the point were I turned around and screamed at him. My parents called our year coordinator and later I found out that another member of my class talked to her independently. That boy got in some serious trouble.

About Ella:My name is Ella and I have a little sister Zoe. She is ten years old and the most beautiful little girl you could hope to meet. She has Rett syndrome. I want to get rid of the R word permanently.
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