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.

Stories from Asia Pacific


April 07, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Sheer dedication and commitment made Pooja Shanker become an International medallist

By Prof. Subodh Shankar

Success Smile

Pooja, a star performer in bocce, missed a chance to play in the 2011 World Winter Games in Korea, but she was chosen for the 2013 Asia Pacific Regional Games. She aspired to be an International medalist. For this, she persuaded her coach to give her the best practice.View Story Pooja, a star performer in bocce, got severely depressed for not having been selected for the 2011 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea, and and nothing helped her to overcome this problem. Later on, her selection to Asia Pacific Regional Games-2013 gave her an impetus to overcome her depression. Slowly, she started recovering. But she aspired to be an International medallist. For this, she persuaded her coach to give her the best practice. At the Asia Pacific Games in Australia, she appeared fully committed to win at least one medal. However, in doubles match her team could only reach up to 4th place. But, this did not deter her to perform well in future events. Finally, on 5th December, after a set of 2 games she was declared the bronze medallist in F-24 division. This was a great moment for her, as well as for all the spectators and well-wishers.With this success, she was totally thrilled and looked as if she has won the biggest battle of her life. Who says these special people are emotionless?

About Prof. Subodh Shankar:I am a professor of Architecture in India. I accompanied her to New Castles. For me, this was life time experience. So many innocent, but committed athletes over there.
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March 25, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Torch Run to kick off Fukuoka National Games

By Sayaka Sonobe

Riyo Mori (centre) together with Special Olympics Nippon athletes, Coaches and Volunteers at the Torch Run for the Fukuoka National Games.

Special Olympics Nippon had a Torch Run ceremony to kick off preparations for the 6th National Summer Games at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka on March 21.View Story Special Olympics Nippon had a Torch Run ceremony to kick off preparations for the 6th National Summer Games at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka on March 21. 70 runners participated in the torch run, running over about 2 km in the shrine. Former Ms. Universe Riyo Mori, Dream Supporter for Special Olympics Nippon joined other guests and 250 for the run, bringing much excitement to the local Fukuoka community.

About Sayaka Sonobe:Staff of Special Olympics Nippon
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March 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Special Olympics unified team recognized by the Serbian Football Federation

By Milana Jeremic

Aleksandar Stanojevic, National Director, Special Olympics Serbia (left) receives achievement award from Tomislav Karadzic, president, Serbian Football Federation.

Special Olympics Serbia was honored by the Serbian Football Federation in an award ceremony acknowledging achievements in Serbian football in 2013. Special Olympics Serbia was recognized for winning the Special Olympics European Unified Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland in 2013.View Story Special Olympics Serbia was honored by the Serbian Football Federation in an award ceremony acknowledging achievements in Serbian football in 2013. Special Olympics Serbia was recognized for winning the Special Olympics European Unified Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland in 2013. The Unified team will go on to compete in the Special Olympics Unified Cup to be held in Malaysia later this year. Federation president Tomislav Karadzic presented the plaque to Aleksandar Stanojevic, National Director, Special Olympics Serbia. The ceremony took place during the federation’s assembly on 18 March 2014 in Belgrade.

About Milana Jeremic:Milana Jeremic is National Administrator of Special Olympics Serbia.
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March 14, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

A Partnership to Play Unified

By Jong Hyun Cha

At 8th grade, all students were required do some sort of service, whether it is volunteering for an organization, building houses, etc. A friend of mine told me about Special Olympics Football. As soon as I heard about it, I knew this was what I wanted to do.View Story At 8th grade, all students are required do some sort of service, whether it is volunteering for an organization, building houses, etc. Rather than going to Cambodia to build houses, I thought it would be better to do something related to what I love, what I'm passionate about. A friend of mine told me about Special Olympics Football. As soon as I heard about it, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I gathered a couple of friends, and we enquired about volunteering through email and Facebook. Special Olympics accepted us as volunteers, and we consistently went to trainings and games, getting to know the athletes at the same time. After 8th grade, I wanted to continue, and expand our service. I made a service club at school, and we started gathering new members. We continue to attend trainings and games, making a few friendlies of our own. Our goal as a club, is to create a relationship between Singapore American School (SAS) and Special Olympics. We hope a partnership with SAS and Special Olympics will continue, even after my friends and I graduate.

About Jong Hyun Cha:I'm a Unified Partner and a student at the Singapore American School.
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March 08, 2014 | Asia Pacific: New Zealand

GET OVER IT WE R ALL HUMAN BEINGS

By Roger Marsden

I am disabled physically. I have FRIENDS and FAMILY MEMBERS with Intellectual Disabilities. They are just their Christian name, no other words just their given name. Get over it. Treat ALL PEOPLE how you want to be treated. I hope with RESPECT and SUPPORT and LOVE, EVERYBODY is human.View Story I am disabled physically. I have FRIENDS and FAMILY MEMBERS with Intellectual Disabilities. They are just their Christian name, no other words just their given name. Get over it. Treat ALL PEOPLE how you want to be treated. I hope with RESPECT and SUPPORT and LOVE, EVERYBODY is human.

About Roger Marsden:I am ME. Yes I am disabled but I am ME. I live in Christchurch New Zealand. I am a member of heaps of disability organisations, I am married, I have a organisation UNS educating pwd to have to have CHOICE
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