Asia Pacific

With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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Stories from Asia Pacific


September 15, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Respect for All!!

By lubna nawaz

I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities.View Story Hi,my name is Lubna and mother of two boys with autism. Both are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. My younger son Hashim is non-verbal and very hyper, especially going in market places and family events. I have noticed that people stared at us. They look at him as if someone alien has invaded. First, this used to embarrass me a lot, and every time I used to promise myself I will not take my son along with me, but being his mother, I question myself: why should Hashim suffer? why can't he go out and enjoy the way he wants? He is a bit different and wants to see the world according to his understanding. He has his own abilities. I have come to a firm belief that as he doesn't judge anyone, so no one else has the right to judge him. Now I take him out with pride and make sure that he enjoys his life!!

About lubna nawaz:Hello,I'm Lubna Nawaz ,mother of two boys name Haseeb and Hashim both are autistic and are Special Olympics Pakistan athletes. I am also part of the family support network of Special Olympics Pakistan.
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September 11, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Big Bite Out of Global Oral Health Disparities

By Lynn Aylward

Special Olympics Bharat

Special Olympics Bharat (India) is participating in a new dental clinic and securing important new partners for its Healthy Athletes oral health work.View Story Special Olympics Bharat (India) is participating in a new dental clinic and securing important new partners for its Healthy Athletes oral health work. Dr. Reena. R. Kumar is a dental professor at Divya Jyoti College of Dental Sciences & Research and a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Special Smiles Clinical Director. She is inaugurating a Special Care Clinic, in conjunction with the International Association for Disability & Oral Health (IADH), on September 15. On the same day, IADH launches its India Chapter. Special Olympics Bharat (India), IADH’s new India chapter, and Divya Jyoti College of Dental Sciences & Research have also signed a memorandum of understanding to create a sustainable model to provide quality oral health care to people with intellectual disabilities. Since 17 percent of the world’s teeth are located in India, the Special Care Clinic and the MOU are a start at taking a big bite out of global oral health disparities for people with intellectual disabilities. Getting dental care and achieving oral health is one of the biggest health concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. IADH, with chapters in 40 countries, is dedicated to improving the oral health and quality of life of people with special needs and Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Special Smiles initiative provides dental health examinations and care for people with intellectual disabilities.

About Lynn Aylward:I work in communications for Special Olympics.
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September 11, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Special Olympics And Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Creating Sporting Opportunities In India

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Bharat and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are delivering a project that will improve the quality of football coaching in India for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story Special Olympics Bharat and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are delivering a project that will improve the quality of football coaching in India for people with intellectual disabilities. This unique two-stage project involves the foundation delivering quality coaching for more than 2,000 Special Olympics Bharat football coaches in India. The partnership is driven by a common goal to create social change through the power of sport. Supported by the English Premier League, this project will see 30,000 people with intellectual disabilities across India gain access to the sport.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for the Asia Pacific region
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September 11, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

46 Years of Empowerment “Training for Sports Performance” Program

By Kester Edwards

Opening Ceremonies

The Special Olympics Training For Sports Performance program is a Special Olympics sports development program that provides sports-specific coaches education in Open Water Swimming, Beach and Indoor Volleyball.View Story The Special Olympics Training For Sports Performance (TFSP) program is a Special Olympics sports development program that provides sports-specific coaches education in Open Water Swimming, Beach and Indoor Volleyball. There was an emphasis to focused on the following sports science topics; sports injury prevention, sports nutrition and sports psychology. That was held September 28 to 31, 2014 with Special Olympics Singapore. The TFSP drives our global goal to have athletes train multiple times per week! We pilot two new tools that is call Special Olympics Athlete Development Model (ADM) is a support plan designed to empower each of our athletes so they can experience the joy of reaching their full potential. The model promotes motor and skill development as well as health and fitness, while preparing athletes for competition at all levels. The Coach Development Model (CDM) and provide a framework for all SO Programs to certify coaches and recognizes specific coach qualifications. Following the CDM, SO Programs recruit and train coaches to fit into the SOI Athlete Development Model (ADM). Coaches trained under the CDM support a lifelong sport experience for our SO athletes along their different sports development paths. The CDM model also offers guidance and new ideas on how best to work with local sports governing bodies to train and certify coaches. The CDM delivers optimum sports experiences to athletes at all levels and trains coaches to provide excellent instruction, advice, and motivation. It also allows us to develop our unique Unified Sports coaches. The seminar participants came various Programs from around Asia Pacific to Singapore, from as far away as New Zealand, China, Beijing, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Korea and China, Fuzhou. The education was provided through classroom training and discussion, conducted in the morning, and afternoon through Pool and Ocean Open Water Swimming training, Beach Volleyball.

About Kester Edwards:Kester Edwards work in the Sport Department at Special Olympics Inc.
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September 04, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Umair Ahmed Shaikh

By Aisha Bandukda

Umair's siblings do not have any disabilities and his mother was very worried as he was unable to cope with his work. After joining Special Olympics Pakistan, a noticeable change could be seen as he made many new friends on the grounds.View Story Umair Ahmed Shaikh, 23, has been a part of SPECIAL OLYMPICS PAKISTAN for 15 years. He helps out with office and kitchen work. His academic qualifications include passing Intermediate level. Sir Arif was training at his school, 'Danish Gha' and that is how his family was introduced to Special Olympics Pakistan. His siblings do not have any disabilities and his mother was very worried as he was unable to cope with his work. She admitted him in a special school where his improvement was very slow. After joining Special Olympics Pakistan, a noticeable change could be seen as he made many new friends on the grounds. He excelled in Basketball to the point of being selected for the world games (Athens 2011), where he won a silver medal, confirming that people with intellectual disabilities are as good as any other, if given a chance. He currently trains other special children in basketball. His family and friends encourage others to join the programme.

About Aisha Bandukda:I am Aisha Bandukda, currently enrolled at IBA and I work as a volunteer at Special Olympics Pakistan.
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Oct 7, 2014

Somoa Test 2 Event

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Email: program@specialolympicshawaii.org
Phone: 206-362-4949 x 212
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1015 High School Dr.

Denver, Colorado
SAMOA

Oct 30, 2014
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Great Upolu Run

Get your laces tied up and sign up to this fantastic event, offering you the choice to run 4 different course lengths. You can choose from the Full Marathon, a Marathon Relay, the Half-Marathon or a Six Mile course. Training schedules are provided no matter what length you choose, so why not get involved? Run your personal best in Upolu! And be proud to be part of the Special Olympics America Samoa team! Sign up and full information on the event and different options are available at www.upolurun.com.
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Email: pacheco1128@gmail.com
Phone: 216-2224-1946
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Apia Central Park
1133 19th St. NW

Apia, Upolu
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