The coaches were enlightened by the training, and are eager to take Unified Sports forward in their local Special Olympics.
Korea’s Ji Suk Chae says: “We have a few unified teams and many unified activities at school and community level. So it has been going on, but there wasn’t a structure to it. This training gives a good formula to develop Unified Sports in Korea, for me to train more coaches. The challenge now is to motivate these coaches and create a long term plan for Special Olympics Korea.”
Adds China’s Zhang Shaohua: “The two trainers are great with their knowledge. During practical, they could cite and illustrate various examples for our understanding, showing their wealth of experience.”
Chinese Taipei’s Chao Yikuai says the training reframed his thinking on Unified Sports: “the ultimate goal is Social Inclusion.” He’s eager to build on his current network of schools and companies, to spread the concept.
For Coach Chao, a physical education teacher who has been involved with Special Olympics for almost 20 years, the most rewarding thing is helping “many athletes build up their confidence, their status in family and society.” He notes with satisfaction that he’s starting to pass the baton to the next generation, “the coaches that attended the Pyongchang Winter Games were my students.”