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European Particular Olympics Athletes Impress on the Snow as Sports activities Season Kicks-off

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Team of six happy people smiling and celebrating while posing for the camera and standing on the first step of the podium.

Slovenian cross-country snowboarding staff celebrates atop the rostrum in Estonia.

Picture by © Maria Kilk

It was an action-packed week because the 2023 Particular Olympics (SO) Europe Eurasia sports activities season started with lots of of athletes with mental disabilities competing at two main winter occasions hosted by SO Poland and SO Estonia, with the assist of long-standing companion Lions Golf equipment Worldwide Basis.

Regardless of strict COVID-19 restrictions closely impacting common coaching and competitors schedules over the previous years, each organizers and athletes rose to the problem and delivered first-class occasions, with two years to go till the following Particular Olympics Winter World Video games.

A complete of 135 athletes from hosts Estonia, Austria, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Slovakia attended the SO European Cross Nation Snowboarding competitors in Otepaa from 28 February – 3 March.

“For us it is rather essential to stage this occasion. It offers folks with all skills the chance to compete in a global occasion, join with others from totally different international locations, and have enjoyable!”

Piret Hartman, Estonian Minister of Tradition – on the Opening Ceremony

The nation’s President Alar Karis was additionally in attendance, welcomed all worldwide delegations, interacted with the Particular Olympics athletes and expressed his admiration for them.

Three young people and an adult celebrate with their hands up, while posing for the photo on the snow next to a man wearing a black jacket and a woman in pink. A man smiles in the background, while the event's mascot raises its hand.

Estonian President Alar Karis (sporting a black jacket) and Lions Golf equipment Estonia consultant Raivo Kokser (smiling on the left) shared a enjoyable second with the Particular Olympics athletes.

Picture by © Maria Kilk

Lions Golf equipment Estonia representatives Raivo Kokser and present district governor Tõnu Muru additionally actively participated within the occasion. Kokser mentioned: “Lions Golf equipment and Particular Olympics do actually good issues whereas working collectively to make the world a greater place. You shouldn’t have to do one thing large day-after-day, however you are able to do one thing good day-after-day.”

On the similar time, 100 athletes from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Eire, Israel, Monaco, Serbia, Slovakia, Serbia, Switzerland and hosts Poland attended the SO European Alpine Snowboarding competitors in Zakopane between 27 February and three March.

SO Poland Common Director Joanna Styczeń-Lasocka mentioned: “We may showcase what folks with mental disabilities can do because of the assist of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the State Fund for Rehabilitation of Individuals with Disabilities

“Thanks additionally to our sponsors Tauron Polska Energia and Huawei Polska, and our companions Oshee, ENEA Basis, Levann, Procter&Gamble, Lions Membership Worldwide Basis. ‘Let’s Play Collectively’ is the slogan of our marketing campaign, and we managed to attain simply that because of the assist of all of them.

“’Let’s play collectively’ as a result of solely collectively do we’ve got the flexibility to vary the world so that individuals with mental disabilities have a spot in it.”

Polish Special Olympics alpine skiing athlete in action.

Particular Olympics alpine skiers showcased their excellent skills on the Polish slopes in Zakopane.

Picture by (c) Adam Nurkiewicz, Adam Nurkie/© Adam Nurkiewicz

Lions Golf equipment Leo volunteers had a key function in making this occasion occur, such is the case of 18-year-olds Julia and Kasia who have been enthusiastic about collaborating of their first Particular Olympics occasion. Their mission, they mentioned, was to make athletes really feel “snug and comfortable.”

Their expertise on the Alpine Snowboarding competitors was so pleasant that Julia and Kasia agreed they’d not hesitate to “reply to every other invitation from Particular Olympics.”

Following the 2 profitable winter sports activities occasions, Particular Olympics Europe Eurasia President David Evangelista expressed: “I need to lengthen our immense gratitude to all the Particular Olympics Estonia and Particular Olympics Poland groups for his or her great efforts to ship nice competitions.

“The occasions have been large successes—with excessive power, top-notch venues, unforgettable athlete experiences, top quality competitors and the perfect of Program management.

“As well as, I need to provide a particular because of Lions Golf equipment Worldwide Basis for his or her invaluable and steady assist.”

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