Europe Eurasia

Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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Stories from Europe-Eurasia


September 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Mieke De Mot wins first gold medal

By Charlotte Van Havermaet

Swimmer Mieke De Mot won Belgians first gold medal. In her category, 400m freestyle, Mieke won with a time of 06:26:44.View Story Swimmer Mieke De Mot won Belgians first gold medal. In her category, 400m freestyle, Mieke won with a time of 06:26:44. Mieke started as second swimmer. Then she got passed very quick by the Norwegian swimmer Rona Hjelmstad and the British Natalie Moon. De Mot swims a while in fourth position, until Rona Hjelmstad had to give up. The bronze medal is for Belgium. In her subseries, Mieke took first place and hereby also the gold medal in het category. After the game, Miekes family is thrilled. For a while they were afraid she wouldn’t be able to compete in the Games. Her older brother Stijn says: “Two weeks ago, Mieke suffered from a sports injury and for a while it was uncertain if she’d be physically able to attend. Fortunately she recovered in time and now she won gold! We are very satisfied!” Results: first place is for the Russian Kraeva Ekaterina with a time of 05:01:82, second place for the British Natalie Moon and bronze is for our Belgian athlete Mieke De Mot.

About Charlotte Van Havermaet:I am a volunteer at Special Olympics as a reporter at the media centre
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September 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

MOU Signed with International School Sports Federation at Antwerp 2014

By Maureen Rabbitt

Chairman of Special Olympics International Tim Shriver with President of the International School Sport Federation together at the Special Olympics Scientific Symposium.

A partnership that brings new hope for millions of people around the world with intellectual disabilities was signed today between Special Olympics International and the International School Sports Federation.View Story A partnership that brings new hope for millions of people around the world with intellectual disabilities was signed today between Special Olympics International and the International School Sports Federation during the Special Olympics European Games 2014 Scientific Symposium in Antwerp, Belgium today. "This is the beginning of a long collaboration" said Laurent Petrynka, President of ISF "We share the same values as Special Olympics as well as an extensive international network. We like the idea of share though sport and look forward to introducing more models of inclusion." Chairman of Special Olympics International said: “Play is where fundamental changes can take place and we urge more inclusive sports training and experiences for young people in schools. “This new partnership with ISF brings hope to millions of people excluded and neglected around the world”.

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September 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Scientific Symposium Celebrates Role of Games in Making the Unseen Seen

By Maureen Rabbitt

“Play is where fundamental changes can take place” urged SO Chairman Tim Shriver calling for more inclusive sports training and unified experiences for young people in schools.

Sport and play as powerful vehicle for reducing the social exclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in communities was strongly promoted at the Scientific Symposium of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games.View Story Sport and play as powerful vehicle for reducing the social exclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in communities was strongly promoted at the Scientific Symposium of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games taking place in Antwerp, Belgium today (Monday, September 15th). The Special Olympics European Summer Games currently taking place in Antwerp with 2,000 athletes from 58 countries competing in 10 sports over one week, was highlighted as a strong example of how people with intellectual disabilities can take a more visible role in our communities. Speaking at the Symposium Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International said: “Children learn through play. They learn about same and different. We as educators have underestimated and undervalued sports and play as fundamental learning experiences to further include people with intellectual disabilities.”

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September 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Volunteers are also the stars of the Special Olympics European Games

By Ayla Colman

Melina Willems, coordinator Audiology at HAP

This week the athletes competing at the Special Olympics Summer Games are the stars of Antwerp but so too are the volunteers.View Story This week the athletes competing at the Special Olympics Summer Games are the stars of Antwerp but so too are the volunteers. Among the most important activity at Special Olympics Games is the Healthy Athletes program where athletes undergo free health screening checks from volunteer medical professionals. Medical professionals such as Melina Willems. Melina Willems from Belgium works as Coordinator of the audiology section of the Healthy Athletes screening. It started out as a hobby, but later it “escalated a little” said Melina. She got in touch with Special Olympics through her work and then she was hooked. Today she’s helping at the Games for almost fifteen years at National, European and International Special Olympics games. “I love this job so much because the athletes can be so disarming. One of my volunteering T-shirts shows the slogan ‘It’s voluntary, but addictive’. It is so true. It’s a lot of work, but once you’re here, you don’t feel like you’re at work anymore."

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September 15, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Soccer Star Launches Special Olympian Of The Year Campaign

By Suzanne Coogan

Campaign Poster for Special Olympian of the Year Award

Special Olympics Belgium Ambassador Red Devils soccer star Kevin De Bruyne has launched a new campaign calling for permanent recognition of the talents and skills of Special Olympics athletes.View Story Special Olympics Belgium Ambassador Red Devils soccer star Kevin De Bruyne has launched a new campaign calling for permanent recognition of the talents and skills of Special Olympics athletes through a new award to be presented at the prestigious annual Belgium Sports Gala of the Year Awards. The Awards are broadcast to a significant television audience every year in December. Top Belgian sportspeople are honoured in six different categories: sports male, sports female, young talent, coach, team and paralympic athlete of the year. De Bruyne is calling for an additional category - Special Olympics athlete of the year. “Why would we not give athletes with an intellectual disability the same credit as the other athletes?” stated De Bruyne. De Bruyne is asking the world to support his campaign by liking and sharing his video message on SpecialOlympianOfTheYear.be The Special Olympics European Games run until Sept 20 in Antwerp involving 2,000 athletes from 58 countries.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Sep 20 - 21 2014

Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament

Join us on September 20-21 at the Atlas Arena in Lódz, Poland during the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championship where athletes and unified partners from Special Olympics Poland will compete in a Unified volleyball match just before the final. Hope to see you there!
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Krzysztof Krukowski
Email: kkrukowski@specialolympics.org
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Atlas Arena
Lódz, Poland
POLAND


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