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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


August 14, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Romania

Hard Won Medals for Romanian Champs

By Maureen Rabbitt

In a country where many people with intellectual disabilities still live secluded from the rest of society, the story of Nicoleta and Ghizela is unfortunately the exception, not the rule.

Abandoned at birth and then secluded in Romanian residential institutions for almost 25 years, athletes Nicoleta Nicolici and Ghizela Ghereben are living proof that people with intellectual disabilities can achieve greatness, if encouraged and supported in their goals.View Story Abandoned at birth and then secluded in Romanian residential institutions for almost 25 years, athletes Nicoleta Nicolici and Ghizela Ghereben are living proof that people with intellectual disabilities can achieve greatness, if encouraged and supported in their goals. Thanks to a institutionalization project run by Inclusion Europe the women were moved into residential care and joined Special Olympics. Nicoleta won a gold medal in mini javelin while both wome won silver in relay. Back in Romania, Nicoleta works as a cleaning staff, as is respected by colleagues who see her as a true team player. In her spare time, she plays table tennis, enjoys running, and is actually the Romanian Special Olympics gold champion in badminton as well. Ghizela has a job as a chef's assistant, loves singing and doing sports, and is vice-champion in the Romanian national Karate tournament for people with disabilities. The two women are also committed self-advocates for the rights of people with ID.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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August 01, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Watch the birdie! Unified Sports Experience - Badminton

By Karl Hejlik

Olympic champions Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan and Apolo Ohno traded their ice skates for shuttlecocks at World Games as they teamed up with Special Olympics badminton players to participate in the Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience.View Story Olympic champions Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan and Apolo Ohno traded their ice skates for shuttlecocks at World Games as they teamed up with Special Olympics badminton players to participate in the Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience. Unified Sports Experiences bring together athletes with disabilities and without, and are designed to help foster a relationship of respect, acceptance and camaraderie among all participants, who play side by side and share their love of sport. “The Unified Sports Experience is so powerful because it is about the pure love of sport, unadorned,” said Ohno, an American short-track speed skating competitor and Special Olympics Global Ambassador who has won eight Olympic medals. Ohno was paired on a doubles team with Filipino badminton athlete, Filbert Canete. They were challenged by a team comprised of Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell and her partner, Danish Special Olympics athlete Rie

About Karl Hejlik:Director, Internal Communications
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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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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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