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Armenian Athlete Wins a Gold Medal

ARMENIAN ATHLETE WINS A GOLD MEDAL IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS EUROPEAN SUMMER GAMES

 

 

The Armenian delegation consisting of seven members attended the Special Olympics European Summer Games held in Warsaw, Poland, in September 2010. Through the common language of sports, the Special Olympics European Games encouraged people without intellectual disabilities to break barriers and forge new friendships to help build a more welcoming and inclusive society. 1,600 athletes representing 58 National Programs/countries, 600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers, officials, and family members took part at the Games.

 

The Armenian athletes competed in Athletics. Well known personalities of politics, sport, film and entertainment industry acted as Ambassadors of the Games, actively contributing to the change in awareness of the society on the possibilities and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, thus to greater acceptance of such people. The Opening Ceremony was also attended by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. The Armenian delegation was greeted by the Armenian Ambassador in Poland Mr. Ashot Galoyan.

 

Armenian Special Olympics 19-year-old athlete Suren Balasanyan, who competed in 50 m run and softball throw, won the 1st place and a gold medal. Among some other athletes who took part at the Games, Suren was recruited through a partner organization Prkutyun NGO.

 

The participation of the Armenian delegation at the Games was enabled by generous support of VivaCell MTS. Additionally, the Government of Armenia, through the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, acted as a partner to Special Olympics Armenia.

The Games promoted respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sport. 

 

In the framework of the European Games, Special Olympics Headquarters organized Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Train-the-Trainer (TTT) session and screenings sessions which took place at the European Games in Warsaw, Poland from 16 – 23 September 2010.  This event hosted health and allied health professionals from around the Europe Eurasia region who gathered to learn and share information on Special Olympics and the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program.

 

Participants from over 20 countries participated in the TTT and assisted the Healthy Athletes screening clinics in the following disciplines: Health Promotion (healthy lifestyle), Opening Eyes (optometry), Special Smiles (dentistry), Fit Feet (Podiatry), Fun Fitness (Physiotherapy) and Healthy Hearing (Audiology). The Healthy Athletes clinics screened over 50 % of the Athletes throughout the week of the Games. 

 

For the first time, Special Olympics Armenian enrolled in the Healthy Athletes initiative. Our representative took part in the trainings followed by screenings. The training, which provided philosophy, education, and hands-on experience, has allowed Special Olympics Armenia to implement the Healthy Athletes screening program in our home country.

 

Since 2011, Special Olympics Armenia has been conducting annual dental screenings for its athletes participating in the European Football Week events.

 

 




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