Special Olympics Asia Pacific Annual Report for 2013-Web_PP

August 19, 2014  |  By  |  Impressions: 1418  | 

MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING PRESIDENT & MD Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, promoting inclusion and dignity through Sports, Health and Education within Communities. Overall in 2013, 13 Special Olympics countries in Asia Pacic posted double-digit athlete growth, contributing to the region ending the year serving 1,295,317 Special Olympics athletes. This represents a 10% increase from 2012. 33,157 competitions were held in the region, allowing athletes to reveal their inner champion at every opportunity. Special Olympics Asia Pacic would like to congratulate Special Olympics Bharat (India) for reaching one million athletes and Special Olympics Indonesia for achieving 100,000 athletes. Our progress as a region was reected in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacic Games held in Newcastle, Australia. The event served as a platform for the region to celebrate the outstanding achievements, not only of our athletes, but also our coaches, volunteers, supporters and committed program leaders. Special Olympics Unied Sports ® , an icon of social inclusion, continues to drive attitudinal and behavioral change towards people with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Global Unied Football World Cup Asia Pacic qualier was held in Bangkok, with Bangladesh and Thailand emerging as contenders for the World Cup. To reach out to more athletes and unied partners, we hosted the rst ‘Train The Trainer’ course in Singapore for Special Olympics coaches. Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities, and continues to improve the health of Special Olympics athletes across the region. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes ® delivered 14,910 health screenings and follow-up care in seven disciplines. Special Olympics Healthy Communities is a new initiative that builds on the principles of Healthy Athletes ® , expanding it from a series of single health screening events to consistent health education and follow-up care for athletes and their families. This initiative was launched in Malaysia and Thailand, made possible with the support of U.S. philanthropist Tom Golisano. Recognizing that the Youth are powerful advocates for attitudinal and behavioral change towards people with intellectual disabilities, we appointed Youth Leaders in Bharat (India), Indonesia, Philippines and Pakistan, building communities of acceptance for the next generation. The Asia Pacic region is poised to reach greater heights to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through our strengths in sports, health, youth advocacy, childhood intervention and athlete leadership. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Special Olympics movement in the Asia Pacic region. Dr. John Dow, Jr. Chief Regional Growth Acting President & Managing Director Special Olympics Asia Pacic 2

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