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Iceland Special Olympics officials visit Romania

Man crawling through hoops Romanian Special Olympians demonstrating a skill. Image credit: Special Olympics Romania
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Romanian Special Olympians in the gym. Image credit: Special Olympics Romania

Yesterday, a delegation of visiting Iceland Special Olympics officials spent their first day in the gym at Universitatea de Educație Fizică și Sport București (UNEFS) as part of a visit to Romania.  They arrived in Romania on Sunday and are scheduled to depart this upcoming Sunday. Led by Gabriel Popescu, Romanian athletes had the opportunity to participate in gymnastic training in a demonstration witnessed by the Icelanders.

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Later this week, the Icelandic delegation will participate in a round table discussion at UNEFS about working with people with disabilities.  They will have an opportunity to assist in additional training at UNEFS and later in Valahia.  On Thursday, they will participate in an event at the Colegiul National Unirea din Brașov aimed at increasing participation in sport.  They will also visit a school for students with developmental disabilities.

 

The exchange was made possible because of a EEA 2009 – 2014 grant, and has the goal of assisting people with Downs Syndrome in developing important motor skills that can assist them in leading a more independent life.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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