Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Special Olympics

Strength to Strength: from Olympic champion to Lord Mayor

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In July 2014, Portarlington Lions Club began a campaign to elect the town’s Lord Mayor. The election was linked to an innovative fundraising event in conjunction with eight separate clubs and groups in the town. Each club had to nominate a representative to run for election and Paul Cleary became the representative for Special Olympics Portarlington.

Mei Lin Yap

My motivation in life is the desire to succeed -the urge to reach my full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. I found out I have Down Syndrome when I was in my teens, up to then although I knew people who have Intellectual disabilities it never occurred to me that I have one too.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN LIMERICK

“Let me win- But if I cannot, let me be brave in the attempt”. This was the motto repeated by 1,500 athletes throughout Limerick between 12 – 15th June at the national finals of Special Olympics Ireland...

Special Olympics

Recently the Special Olympic were held in Limerick hosted by the University of Limerick. This short article traces the event for a boy with severe intellectual disability (Joe Kelly) and his Special Olympics trainer (Geraldine Meagher). Geraldine works in Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, teaching sport and swimming to students with intellectual disability...

Minister launches Special Olympics Health report

Mary Davis, Dr. Nazih Eldin, Lynn Conroy, Carol Nairn and Matt English
Ms Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, attended the launch of Special Olympics Ireland’s research report on health promotion on Tuesday 2 October 2012. The report, The development and evaluation of a health promotion programme for people with intellectual disabilities detailed a pilot health promotion project which was created by Special Olympics Ireland...

How sport can end discrimination of people with intellectual disabilities

The thrill and excitement of sport is unique—and it should be available to everyone. In Special Olympics we promote sport as a vehicle for ending discrimination and stigma of people with intellectual disabilities—of whom there are more than 200 million people in the world. Sadly, a majority face a life of prejudice and discrimination, loneliness and limitation. Our number-one...

Special Olympics Ireland launches Intellectual Disability education module for volunteers

Special Olympics Ireland, in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin, launched its intellectual disability module of education for volunteers on Wednesday 2 March 2011. The module consists of a set of integrated presentations which contain clear and coherent information to enable volunteers to carry out their roles more effectively, thus ensuring a more positive experience for them and the Special Olympics...

Team Ireland do us proud at Special Olympics World Summer Games

The 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai ran from 2-11 October. 7200 athletes from 165 nations and regions took part in the Games, which were held for the second time outside of the USA and for the first time in Asia. Of these, 141 athletes, 55 coaches, 200 volunteers and over 400 family members travelled from Ireland,...

MAGIC!

Summer 2003 is forever associated for me with the Special Olympics—it was a magical time and I treasure the memories. Right from the start, from the induction sessions at The Point, I was sucked into the buzz, the excitement and the wonder of it all. Being part of the huge crowd of volunteers at the show there and knowing...

THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS WAS INDEED JUST THAT – SPECIAL!

They say the summer of 2003 was an ordinary, average, run-of-the-mill, common-or-garden summer. But it wasn't—because we had the Special Olympics World Games and that made the summer remarkable! It was special for thousands of people from all over the world, for thousands of different reasons. If you ask anyone across the width and breadth of the country, ‘Why was...