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Achieving Their Personal Best: A Coach’s Story from Swaziland

Sabelo Dlamini, a 37 year old teacher at Kwaluseni Infant Primary School, was inspired to join Special Olympics by his belief that sport has the power to create joy and unity in schools and communities.

Coaching is a great avenue for people who love sports, and want to work closely with children or adults with intellectual disabilities. As a coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice and competition. 

People with an intellectual disability are often misunderstood, isolated and ignored. They are not formally recognized in my country, Swaziland. Yet with understanding and support, they often achieve beyond expectation. As a coach, my thinking has changed towards people living with intellectual disabilities. 

Special Olympics, through sports, helps people see themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. I’ve seen it help many people in different communities accept and involve people with intellectual disabilities, and help them make friends. 

Let’s help people with intellectual disabilities be accepted and valued members of the community. Let’s also give people with an intellectual disability a chance to achieve their personal best.

About Me:

I am a 37 year old teacher at Kwaluseni Infant Primary School, and a volunteer coach for Special Olympics Swaziland.