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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 06, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Intellectually impaired

By Uma Ramakrishnan

When you go to a restaurant you order something special. Its because you are bored to eat the same thing that you eat in your house. The only thing in life you don't want is a special need.View Story When you go to a restaurant you order something special. Its because you are bored to eat the same thing that you eat in your house. The only thing in life you don't want is a special need. Without ordering you are assigned by the omnipotent a special job to take care of the kids with special needs. My daughter Nanditha is a special needs child. But I have learned a lot from her. How to make others happy? The moment she sees some body sad she goes and pats on their shoulders and says don't worry I'm there for you. She always smiles and never frowns for anything.

About Uma Ramakrishnan:I'm the one destined by God to take care of my lovely kid Nanditha. Presently volunteering at Spastics Society of TamilNadu, India
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March 05, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Cambodia

Hate this word

By Debbie Jackson

I have got Learning disabilities and hate the R wordView Story I have got Learning disabilities and hate the R word

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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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