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This page draws together badminton-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics badminton.  View the Badminton Fact Sheet

Badminton is a sport that is enjoyed all around the world by millions of people of a wide range of ages. It is a sport that explores speed changes, reaction time demands, muscular strength and endurance challenges, and is heart-pumping fun. This newly identified Olympic Sport offers benefits to all who pick up a racket and a shuttle for a test outing on the court.


Badminton Stories and News


July 21, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Isle of Man

Zoe Lambie

By Linda Lambie

Special Olympics means so much to her and to us as family members. She has gained so much confidence and made so many friends.View Story Zoe joined Special Olympics Isle of Man in 2009. She has Aspergers Syndrome and finds socialising and conversation difficult especially with people she is unfamiliar. Zoe initially joined because she had an interest in athletics but it became clear that she was very proficient in badminton. Special Olympics means so much to her and to us as family members. She has gained so much confidence and made so many friends. Zoe has competed in badminton in Poland, Athens and Belgium and now we are looking forward to the World Summer Games in Los Angeles. She has achieved two gold medals, three silver and one bronze. She is a superstar and I do not know what we would do without Special Olympics. We are one big happy family and everyone is so supportive. As a family we enjoy fundraising and any social occasions organised by Special Olympics. As parents we are so proud and for Zoe to be given the opportunity to compete and be part of such a wonderful organisation. We are truly grateful.

About Linda Lambie:I am married to Robbie and have two daughters - Zoe 22 and Katie 19. We live in Peel and I run a Playgroup for 2 to 4 year olds. I enjoy walking, gardening, sewing, reading, playing badminton and helping with Special Olympics.
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April 21, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Denmark

Shuttle Time in Copenhagen

By Suzanne Coogan

Seminar participants

Sixteen badminton head coaches from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Isle of Man, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Latvia, Russia and the Netherlands attended the inaugural European Badminton Seminar in Broendby, Denmark.View Story Sixteen badminton head coaches from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Isle of Man, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Latvia, Russia and the Netherlands attended the inaugural European Badminton Seminar in Broendby, Denmark 10-13 April. The Seminar follows the recent important signing of an Agreement between Special Olympics Europe Eurasia and Badminton Europe Confederation (BEC). Thanks to the great support of Ian Wright, Badminton World Federation Development Director, the best available coaching education materials were supplied. Called “Shuttle Time” top BWF trainer, Joanne Hughes from Great Britain delivered the training. Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen, BWF President, IOC Member and 1996 Olympic Badminton gold medallist attended the Seminar along with Brian Agerbek, Secretary General of BEC. The Danish Badminton Federation and Special Olympics Denmark provided the necessary sports equipment so sincere thanks to Soeren Jul Kristansen from Special Olympics Denmark and Nete Andersen from the Danish Badminton Federation.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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December 23, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Unified Badminton Tournament

By Guisele Calderón

We started November with Unified Badminton Sport tournament where 12 athletes with and without disabilities showed their skills in the discipline.View Story We started November with Unified Badminton Sport tournament where 12 athletes with and without disabilities showed their skills in the discipline. We have the presence of coaches, parents and volunteers who supported and encouraged our athletes at all times. Unified Sports program is the greatest activity that promote the inclusion of athletes through sport. The participation of athletes with and without disabilities is the best example of the potential of sport as a tool for social integration. Special Olympics Unified Sports brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. It is called "Unified partner" for it help both to train and compete on the same team. Thanks to the Salvadoran Badminton Federation the unified tournament was a success. Attendees showed their happiness with the completion of a successful year and medals.

About Guisele Calderón:Marketing Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations
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2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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