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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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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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November 13, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bangladesh

YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic invites SO Bangladesh Coach

By Karyn Tan

Coaches (including Special Olympics Bangladesh's Md Abdur Razzaque) being trained under the YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic in Bangladesh.

YKK Holding Asia Pte Ltd (YHA) and YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd invited Special Olympics Bangladesh football coach Mr. Md Abdur Razzaque to participate in the YKK ASIA Group Kids Football Clinic (AKFC) in Chittagong, Bangladesh.View Story YKK Holding Asia Pte Ltd (YHA) and YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd invited Special Olympics Bangladesh football coach Mr. Md Abdur Razzaque to participate in the YKK ASIA Group Kids Football Clinic (AKFC) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. This event was part of YKK's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, with the aim to deliver a once in a lifetime experience for these children, many are from orphanages and underprivileged homes. Close to 300 kids and 30 local coaches, including Mr. Razzaque were involved over October 30th to November 1st. Real Madrid Foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Javier Garcia Torres and Rafael Palacios Ruiz-Peinado shared the club's training methodology and techniques with the coaches.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region
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November 10, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Australia

love

By keith lawson

Whilst in primary school i got to work very closely with a special development school next door to my school and if it wasn't for the students there i wouldnt of realised that life is always about fun and caring.View Story Whilst in primary school i got to work very closely with a special development school next door to my school and if it wasn't for the students there i wouldnt of realised that life is always about fun and caring. since then i have stood up for anyone thay gets called that horrible word

About keith lawson:Father of 2 beautiful girls and even if they were handicapped my love for them wouldnt change a bit
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November 10, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Australia

my story

By sam dixon

I have realized over my time that no matter how sick someone is or what challenges they face, we are equal, we fight our battles with smiles on our face and look at life as a blessing. No one should ever have to be subjected to the r-word.View Story I was born with an illness as a infant (necrotizing enterlcolitis), not many survive this condition but I did. I developed short gut syndrome which has altered my life is some ways, but I have realized over my time that no matter how sick someone is or what challenges they face, we are equal, we fight our battles with smiles on our face and look at life as a blessing, no one should ever have to be subjected to the r-word cause we are not. We just have challenges we face no more that any normal person. I have been sick my whole life and im only 25 but I have to say there are worse people out there than myself, I support all people who have a illness or a disability, and my message to all health issues dont let people bring you down. You are inspiring to so many who stuggle, don't let people make you feel less than your self. We are one of a kind and we are normal just like everyones else .

About sam dixon :This is my personal story, I thought I would let everyone know my condition isnt a known illness, there is no cause or cure, I find it hard to stand for the r word to b used its not nice
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