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Kayaking

This page draws together kayaking-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 kayaking.  View the Kayaking Fact Sheet

Every athlete aims to travel through a specific water distance paddling either on his/ her own or in pairs of two (2), achieving the best possible time. Special Olympics kayaking is a flat-water racing event where athletes compete either on their own or as a pair with another athlete. Kayaking is one of the newest Special Olympics sports. It requires fundamental abilities in order to be safe and successful.


Kayaking Stories and News


December 12, 2014 | North America: Georgia

Georgia Athlete Overcoming Obstacles with Confidence: Will Crain

By Kelli Britt

Will Crain

What a remarkable guy . . . Will Crain!Will loves music, Power Rangers and Transformers. As a young boy, he carried a Transformer figurine with him everywhere he went. One could say Will has truly taken the supernatural character to heart. As an 18-year-old, Will has overcome many obstacles in his lView Story What a remarkable guy . . . Will Crain! Will loves music, Power Rangers and Transformers. As a young boy, he carried a Transformer figurine with him everywhere he went. One could say Will has truly taken the supernatural character to heart. As an 18-year-old, Will has overcome many obstacles in his life. For instance, Will had a liver transplant in 2006, but that didn’t slow him down for long. His personality is infectious. When you meet him, you can’t help but smile and be inspired by him. For more than 8 years, Will has competed in basketball, bocce, bowling, soccer, and kayaking. Most recently, Will was selected as a member of Team USA to compete in kayaking at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Will attributes his growth in self-confidence to the opportunity of competing in competitive sports with Special Olympics Georgia. Congratulations to Will for being December’s Athlete of the Month!

About Kelli Britt:Kelli Britt is a senior sports and program manager.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Kayak Event Recognizes International Day of Sport for Peace and Development

By Joanna Despotopoulou

On the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development on 6 April 2014, 35 Special Olympics Hellas (Greece) athletes and 22 Unified partners from Athens and Chania participated in the Kayak national championship “SOUDA 2014.”View Story On the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development on 6 April 2014, 35 Special Olympics Hellas (Greece) athletes and 22 Unified partners from Athens and Chania participated in the Kayak national championship “SOUDA 2014.” The championship was organized by the Nautical Club of Chania in cooperation with Special Olympics Hellas, and held in the famous Souda Bay (Chania, Island of Grete). The event brought together Special Olympics athletes with Olympic and World Class athletes from different nautical clubs of Greece who competed in the spirit of unity celebrating peace and sport in an environment of acceptance.

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is President of Special Olympics Hellas.
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Kayaking Events


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Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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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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Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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