Special Olympics World Games 2011


The Special Olympics World Games 2011 will take place in Athens, Greece June 25th – July 4th. 7,500 Special Olympics Athletes from 185 nations will compete in 21 Olympic-type sports. These will be the first games that founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver will not attend, Ms Shriver passed away in 2009.

The sports that will be competed range from gymnastics, table tennis, athletics, aquatics, power lifting, judo to golf and cycling. You can view the Games schedule here. The Artistic Gymnastics events will take place from June 26th – June 29th in the Hellinikon Olympic Indoor Hall and the Rhythmic Gymnastics will also take place in the same venue on June 30th – July 3rd.  I know that Ireland have 5 gymnasts competing in Artistic Gymnastics (Alan Quinlan, John Michael Gannon, Carole Ryan, Laura Rumball & Pauline Connell)  and 2 gymnasts competing in Rhythmic Gymnastics (Barbara Norris & Una McGarry). Best of luck to you all from Full Twist! 🙂

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About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a non-profit organization that was officially founded in 1968,  by Eunice Kennedy-Shriver , sister of USA President John F Kennedy. In June 1962 Ms Shriver started a day camp, known as “Camp Shriver”, for children with intellectual disabilities at her home in Maryland.  She promoted the concept of involvement in physical activity and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Camp Shriver became an annual event, and the Kennedy Foundation (of which Shriver was Executive Vice President) gave grants to universities, recreation departments and community centers to hold similar camps.

In 1988, the Special Olympics was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The Special Olympics is now the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 3.1 million athletes in 175 countries world wide. Alternating between summer and winter, the Special Olympics World Games are held every two years.


  • To inspire peace in the world community.
  • To change attitudes.
  • To encourage through sports.
  • To introduce the Special Olympics World Football Games.
  • To develop programs for Global Health.
  • To encourage research.
  • To educate the society in relation to how they should address and behave to people with intellectual disabilities.
  • To educate the coaches of athletes with intellectual disabilities about the special practices they should use, while developing sports programs tailored to their specific needs.

Read more on the Special Olympics here and here.  Best of luck to all athletes in the Games!

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