Cricket

This page draws together cricket-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 cricket.  View the Cricket Fact Sheet

Cricket is a locally popular recognized sport in Special Olympics. The first international Special Olympics cricket tournament was hosted in India in 2006. There are over 81,000 Special Olympics athletes participating in Cricket. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team.


Cricket Stories and News


December 06, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Australia

They Picked Me

By Katrina Streeting

Robbie Streeting with his dad Mark Streeting at the cricket competition for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games.

In a world where rejection is more common than acceptance, Special Olympics has allowed both my sons to feel that they are good enough to represent their country and be part of an amazing event.View Story Earlier this year our two eldest sons Matthew and Robbie received letters in the mail from Special Olympics Australia. With great excitement Robbie opened his letter and he could hardly contain his joy as he had me read his letter to him. He had been selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games. Matthew opened his letter quietly with shaking hands. Softly the words 'they picked me' where spoken with wonderment and joy. The journey from that day to today when we find ourselves in the middle of the competition has been exciting, tiring, challenging but most of all inclusive. In a world where rejection is more common than acceptance, Special Olympics has allowed both my sons to feel that they are good enough to represent their country and be part of an amazing event. I thank all the coaches, volunteers and staff of Special Olympics Australia who have been part of their journey from the beginning. Thank you Special Olympics.

About Katrina Streeting:Proud mum!
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December 01, 2013 | SOI General: Regions

2013 Asia Pacific Games Opens

By Karyn Tan

The inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games Opening Ceremony took place today in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The Games will see more than 2,500 Special Olympic athletes, their coaches and support teams from 29 Asia Pacific and East Asia countries compete.View Story The inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games Opening Ceremony took place today in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The Games will see more than 2,500 Special Olympic athletes, their coaches and support teams from 29 Asia Pacific and East Asia countries compete in nine Olympic-type sports. The Games was declared open by the Governor General of The Commonwealth of Australia and Patron of Special Olympics Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO. The Opening Ceremony heralded the start of the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games which is being staged in Newcastle until 7 December.  The athletes will compete in nine sports across seven venues in the Newcastle-Hunter region with competition in athletics, basketball, bocce, badminton, cricket, football, table tennis, ten pin bowling and swimming.Special Olympics International CEO Janet Froetscher sent a message of support to the athletes that was shared at the opening ceremony: “Athletes, it is your time to shine! Every day around the world we create opportunities of acceptance and inclusion through our sports, health, education and community building programs. We strive to build communities full of joy and wellness, instilling in young people the benefits of playing unified –uniting athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates. Today and throughout these Games, enjoy the moments of accomplishment, the moments of sheer play, but also consider how everyone can create opportunities of accomplishment every day for our athletes." 

About Karyn Tan :Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region
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November 21, 2013 | North America: Barbados

Ann Hill School and Alma Parris School Are Cricket Champions in Barbados

By Edward Thompson

The winning team

Athletes from the Ann Hill School have successfully defended their Senior Division Championship in the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Cricket Tournament.View Story Athletes from the Ann Hill School have successfully defended their Senior Division Championship in the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Cricket Tournament. In the spirited competition held at the Police Sports Club in Weymouth, Special Olympics athletes from the A.C. Graham Development Centre captured second place in the division, followed by Alma Parris Memorial School in third, Challenor Creative Center A in fourth, the Learning Centre in fifth and Challenor Creative Centre B in sixth place. The energetic play of the younger athletes from the Alma Parris Memorial School led them to the Junior Division Championship, unseating defending champs All Saints Primary. A strong performance by All Saints landed them in second place in the division. Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary took third place, with St. Matthews Primary Annex in fourth, the Learning Centre in fifth and Eagle Hall Primary Annex in sixth place. Cricket is one of the many sports disciplines offered to intellectually challenged individuals by Special Olympics Barbados, in addition to football, track and field, bocce, aquatics and golf. Athletes 16 years of age and over also participate in the Special Olympics Outreach and Skills Training Programme, which helps ease their transition into the larger society by meeting their holistic, cultural and employment needs.

About Edward Thompson:I am the public relations director for Special Olympics Barbados, which is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to send a Barbados team to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. At the previous World Summer Games, held in Athens, Greece in 2011, Barbados sent seven athletes, all of whom returned with gold, silver and bronze medals in competition with participants from over 170 countries.
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Cricket Events


Date

Event

Location

August 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
For more information
Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
For more information
Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

October 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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More Details
Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

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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.


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