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Charles Nyambe, Desmond Sibiya and Jimmy Masina
By Ancilla Smith
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By Nomthandazo Dladla
By Zanele Nwenya
"Special Olympics World Games 2015"
I went to the games as a Unified Ten Pin Bowling Head Coach with a unified pair with team South Africa.
'Sweet and Short'.
We went there with my team as just a team, and we came back unified, buddies and greatest friends. As i type this now,
The first time that golf was played in the Special Olympics in 1995 a South African, Andrew White, won the gold medal. Andrew was again back in Los Angeles this year, and he won silver!
Emmie Steenkamp (Young Athlete Coach Manu Dei Centre, Klerksdorp, NorthWest South Africa)
Mrs Igna Steyn
Well I have, more that once. First it was with Ephraim Mohlakane and now it was with Sipho Zwane, a Ten Pin Bowler from Logwood Village. For both times it has always been a Unified Sports Event. With Ephraim it was with the Africa Unity Cup and with Mr Zwane it was the Ten Pin Bowling Interprovincial.
Lauren Wyndham Quin
Ms Mmane Boikanyo
Ms. Mmane Boikanyo
The month of love saw Special Olympics South Africa hosting numerous events for athletes in Gauteng. Funded by the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation-Gauteng Provincial Government, a total of 298 athletes got an opportunity to participate in athletics and wheelchair racing.
Playing and interacting with people with Intellectual Disabilities was very nice and challenging. I enjoyed every moment and learnt a lot from them.
Bheki Masuku (Athlete)
I enjoyed Camp Shriver and learnt a lot of games. I participated in Basketball, Football and Netball. It was so much fun, the coaches treated us nicely.
Simphiwe Dludlu (Guest Coach - former National Team Player)
It was an amazing experience. Being welcomed with a smile - an athlete just walking up to you with a simple smile - that was my favourite moment.
Ms. Annemarie van Wieringen
Every tale starts from the beginning, every beginning has an end.
My tale started yesterday when I had no ideas about Special Olympics.