Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens

Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens

Baron Pierre de Coubertin is regarded as a
Father of the modern day Olympics. He believed the most important thing in life is not the
triumph but the struggle. Special Olympics supports people with disabilities;
many think they represent the spirit of Olympics perfectly. Attitude attended the Special Olympics World
Games held this year in Athens, birth place of the Olympics. Today a sample of some of the 7,500 athletes
who took part. Our athletes want to be treated as real athletes. They want to test themselves against other
people, they want to test themselves in front of an audience, and they want to determine
whether they’ve done as well as they might. Athens, Greece, host to the largest sporting
event of 2011 The Special Olympics World Summer Games. Each of the 7,500 athletes lives with
an intellectual disability, but they’re athletes first,
demanding dignity and respect. Competing in and of itself is a commitment;
it’s commitment to excellence. Sam Donaldson is one of six New Zealand swimmers
at the World Games. He’s competing in the 800 metre Men’s Freestyle. In his hometown
Sam works as a Market Gardener, but his passion is swimming… The five minute warm-up is a
chance for him to calm his nerves. For Sam it’s really just keeping his strokes
long and his concentration. Sam’s dedicated hundreds of early mornings
training for this event, building stamina and mental toughness needed for endurance
racing. Sam’s disability means he finds it a challenge to concentrate. He’ll need
focus in this race. Bit nervous, I should be right once I get
in there. Sam’s quick off the start and settles in
to second place… he planned to pace himself through the first few hundred metres, keeping
his strokes long… with seven laps to go Sam overtakes the bunch, he’s in the lead… now
he begins to lap the rest of the field. Sticking to his strategy he sprints the final strokes…
Sam touches to win the race, but he hasn’t seen the lap counters, believing there’s
one more lap to go he continues on. Because other people are swimming around him
he wasn’t aware he’d finished. And he wouldn’t have known he’d won until after
he came in before. He did very well. He must be proud; he did
well for New Zealand. First place Sam Donaldson…New Zealand. This is the very first medal of the games.
Gold medal. By the end of the games, Sam and his New Zealand
Team mates had a tally of six gold medals. The Special Olympics movement has more than
3.7 million athletes. In India more than 1 million people participate… they’ve brought
a team of 184 athletes to Athens. I’m the head coach of basketball for India…
We’ve got six in the team who can’t hear nor speak. More than 60 million people in India are deaf.
This entire team has learnt sign language so they can support the six women who are
deaf. But then basketball is an action game, so
everything happens in action there on the court. I only hope it happens when they play
and they look at me. Pushpa is the star shooter for the Team. She feels very good that she got the opportunity
to come here and she feel’s proud to be a part of the Indian Team. Pushpa leads her Team out to the court. Her
family has little money…she never dreamed she would travel or represent her country. She said in her family her mother is supporting
her, but her father not supporting her too much. But because of her mother she came here.
It’s very good and it’s fortunate for her to improve herself and show to everybody
that she can do everything. It’s a scrappy start as the women try for
possession…the Indian girls are fast and use their speed to advantage. Their opposition
is Algeria, Islam promotes physical fitness
and health, but the women must dress modestly
on court…the deaf women can’t hear the whistle; instead they watch the ref’s hand
as a sign to stop play. Pushpa sends the ball neatly into the goal…
By quarter time the Indian Team dominates. India continues to lead through the second
half, frustrating the taller Algerians. Pushpa takes a final shot, another two pointer.
India’s nailed the game, final score 20-2. Pushpa and her Team went onto win most games,
coming second in their division. She said today’s game went very well and
she played well and she basketed 14 points. India! Taylor Doyle, Australian Long Jumper and 100
metre Sprinter. Today she’s competing for a place in
the Long Jump Final. All you’ve got to do is just hit that board
and then just run really fast and jump. Taylor’s 18, she’s been training in Long
Jump for seven years. She worked at a General Store to earn spending money for this trip. This is her first time in a Team and away
from us. So it’s a big thing for her in all respects to the point that she’s got
to grow up and look after herself. But she puts in so much effort. This was my first goal and now I’m here,
so I’m jumping for joy, it’s so exciting. If you’ve done your absolute best, this
world, the world of Special Olympics will recognise you as someone who is great regardless
of the specific place you finish. Taylor’s main competition is this girl from
the Ukraine…the athletes get four jumps, and need one good jump to make it through
to the final. It’s really important to just get it right,
because the hardest thing is if you don’t get it right then it’s a big worry. Because
it’s like am I going to get in or am I not, so you’ve just got to try your best really. On her third attempt Taylor clips the board
with her foot. Very stressful, I can’t watch it, but I
have to watch it – nearly to the point where you’re going to be sick. Taylor trains so well and she gets so nervous
in competitions. And usually at a national event, not a Special Olympics event, you get
six jumps and she usually fouls the first four and gets two good jumps in. The Ukrainian nails it – 4.2 metres. Taylor has just one more attempt to even
register a score. She knows the jump is good, she’s on the
board with 3.8 metres. That gets her into the ‘A’ final. Stay focused. It’s all anybody can ask for,
and just aim for what you can, do your best. If you can’t win, than just try and get
your personal best… I’m dreaming of being independent, and also going to the London
Games, which is next year…I’m going to try and get there. People have thought of Special Olympics as
an opportunity to celebrate the smiles, the spirit, and the joy. It is that, but what
they have not realised is how important it is for our athletes to have the smile, the
spirit, and the joy be emerging from a context of commitment, determination, and skill and
athleticism. It’s becoming more and more important in
the world that we address the issue of intolerance and misunderstanding. It’s becoming more
and more clear that Special Olympics athletes are themselves teachers of understanding. Sport is the best tool to connect people.
Sport can change lives, it can give people opportunity, break barriers, promote tolerance
and, for us and for our athletes, I think we have a moral obligation to try to help
because in our time we were helped in our career. If they don’t get it you just grab
their hands and bring them to a Special Olympics event and introduce them to all the athletes
and they’re going to be hooked. My name is Parshuram Phadte and I am from
India. This is Manpreet Singh and he is from India. Together they make up India’s 400 metre
Relay Team…Manpreet proudly shoes us his running shoes. In his hometown he works in a sewing
factory, it takes months of his wages to pay for shoes like this. …but here his style of running is good,
maybe, I hope so he will get the two medals. Parshuram wants that gold medal, but today’s
about proving something to himself and his family. And I hope to make my mum and dad happy by
winning the race, and I want to become the first champion in the world. India! Manpreet desperately wants a medal. He powers
past his opposition, but he’s peaked to soon and burns out with 200 metres to go. They finished at the end of the bunch. These
games are a massive event and the support crew knows that nerves will have played a
part. Regardless of the outcome these men will go home transformed thanks to the confidence
of knowing they competed at the World Games in Athens. Special Olympics has been revolutionary
for people who live with intellectual disability in India, its led society to examine the way
they treat these athletes. When we talk about society, we talk about
community of individuals living in one place. It’s not like we have people living in this
earth and we have other people living in Jupiter. We are living in this earth that God created.
We’re all human beings and we have to find a way and we have to find a common ground
and to be acceptable about each other. Special Olympics works at the grass roots
of communities. On any given day there are 150 Special Olympics competitions taking place
all around the world. Hey, it’s Team USA coming live to you. Basketball is one of the 22 sports at the
World Games. It’s become hugely popular within Special Olympics thanks to support
of NBA legends. Even though we play in this level of professionalism
within the NBA, but we know also that there’s another NBA here. All they need is just somebody
to bring them a ball, bring them to the basketball court to tell them where they’re going to
shoot, to make them become professional. And we keep doing that and we’ll continue to
do it, because we found that those people with intellectual disability they’re just
like people like us. Hi I’m Pete. My name is Richard. I’m Michael. Michael. My name is David and I’m from the Waikato. My name’s Craig. Michael And I’m the Captain for the New Zealand
Team. The New Zealand Basketball Team is on a winning
streak and hoping to win today’s quarterfinal. They’re up against Israel, the top Team
in their division. You’ve got to be down low, down low ready,
here he comes, I see him coming towards me, step up to him. Okay, got to feel that contact,
if we stand back he’s going to score over us all day. Going to play really hard and do our best,
and have fun, that’s the main thing. I do defence. My ability is one on one. In the game I play the tip off point, and
usually I’m under the post and hoops. Defence and wing. My position is guard. I do my best, yeah. And I’m a forward. Really big game, biggest game of the tournament,
it’s going to be a hard game, okay, harder than anything you’ve had to date, okay,
they’re a very good team, we’ve got to put our best game out there on the court today.
Just keep thinking about it, so transition play, attack the hoop getting it from transition
we can have a really good crack at them on transition, good chances for fouls, everyone
ready? Yes, yes, yes! 1, 2, 3 Kiwi! They’ll perform a tradition Maori Haka,
a challenge to their opposition, performed with pride. I feel proud for us because the boys haven’t
done the Haka before. Haka. They play a number of games for a start and then
organise it into various divisions. This is actually the highest division that a New Zealand Team
has been in at any of the World Champs to date. They were pretty chuffed, I’m extremely
chuffed with where we’ve got to at this stage in the tournament. New Zealand’s strategy – to play their own game
and not be pushed around by the speedy Israelis. The Israelis dominate in the early stages
of the game. Second half and already Wiremu is showing
more control, passing to his teammates who are ready to shoot. They give it their best, but the Israelis
take the game 48-25. They might have lost the game,
but they’ve made new friends. Special Olympics is the third colour of the
Olympic family. Our movement exemplifies the values of Olympism. A lot of Olympic athletes
understand when they see Special Olympics that this is great sports, that this is the
best in sports. Wow, some pretty amazing stuff. And the Special
Olympics juggernaut keeps rolling on. Next month is our turn with Wellington hosting
a trans Tasman tournament. Best of luck to everyone involved. Now I dare to dream about changing the way people think of us, changing the perceptions,
opening doors to people with disabilities to shine. Our athletes represent a challenge to intolerance,
to prejudice, to fear, to human misunderstanding. They are the worlds and history’s most deeply
wounded victims of prejudice. In 2009 Dr Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special
Olympics Movement, spoke of dreams to rally the world. The future of our Movement is to be the world’s
greatest Movement promoting human acceptance and universal human value that the world’s
ever seen. Tim’s united leaders of nations and corporations
get behind Special Olympics. He’s grown the movement to include nearly 4 million athletes.
Now they talk of a global revolution. Until we have the critical mass of participation
engagement in our community that would count us in the tens of millions we’re not going
to be a serious force for change, so the biggest and most important measure of success is the
numbers that we reach. 21 finalists across seven categories have
now been chosen for the 2011 Attitude Awards. To secure your ticket to the televised black
tie event visit our website attitudepictures.com On behalf of us all, thank you very much.

44 Replies to “Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens”

  1. i am deaf and i live in america when i was in school me and my friends send money every month to india to sponser deaf girl that live in santhome home for the deaf she would be 23 year old today her name is arusamy cgithra i have pic of her when she was 7 years old.

  2. I can't believe all the negative comments on this video. I think it is great that disabled athletes can have something to aspire to and even achieve through this wonderful event.

  3. hey, that is NOT funny these people contribute to society. for example heddi crowter, she played a HUGE part in figuring out how to count to potato.

  4. That is the only way to develop a theory. Then I would have to proceed with further experimentation in order to make it a scientific law.

  5. No that is how science works you develop experiments to try and disprove your hypothesis in an attempt to prove it. You wouldn't conduct experiments to prove your hypothesis otherwise you may have flawed results.

  6. This is great, thoroughly enjoyed it. Wow, so many immature comments. We are actually all only one accident or illness away from becoming disabled.

  7. a lot of the special olympians shown i believe could be up to par with olympic athletes if they had the time and money to train non stop like olympic athletes

  8. These people are amazing!! πŸ™‚ I am a Special Olympian myself! πŸ™‚ I do Bowling and Track & Field! Being in Special Olympics Changed my life forever! It made me feel stronger and it defines me for who I am!

  9. Athens Greece and next year is in LA. I am trying to win our CANADA Nationals in July at University of British Columbia. πŸ™‚ GO CANADA.

  10. I don't know why people think the special Olympics is funny. Like what was funny about this? They are people who train to be here and work really freaking hard to win. Just like people who go to the winter or summer Olympics. Stop trying to fit in with other jerks by saying it's funny because it's not. It's inspirational and has the same entertainment as the common Olympics

  11. a fat swimmer ?? how is that even possible ? and c'mmon now, they dont take it seriously. I am a casual gym goer and I look better than these ''athletes''. im not saying its bad but just dont lie to us how dedicated they are n shit..

  12. I just love the special olympics! I've been around disabled people almost all of my life! I'm so glad they started this program ! They truly deserve something special just for them! They truly are angels on earth!

  13. Its not about how much heart you have its how much you wanna win go for the gold when will these people understand… idiots


  15. from 0:00 to 0:27 mute the video volume, open a new tab, and play crawling by linkin park on the other tab. Let both videos play. kek

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  17. From the empty stands, I can infer that the attendance at this event is not amazing, and I cannot determine why. The Special Olympics are (not sure whether to use the plural or singular here) an awesome event!

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