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.
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.