In March 2017, Special Olympics Luxembourg is participating with a team of 22 athletes and 13 coaches and delegates at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Athletes will compete in alpin skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and stickshooting.
During summertime, athletes will do physical preparation and “dry”- training. But to be on top at the moment of the event, snow training is very important. So the whole delegation will practice during a one week training camp in December 2016 in the Alps in the south of Germany.
We want to give all our athletes the opportunity to train in the best possible way to achieve their goal: participate in the World Games, have fun and make the best possible result. At the last several World Games our athletes brought lots of medals home, result from their good training opportunities.
Special Olympics Luxembourg is the sports federation for people with intellectual disabilities and is part of Special Olympics International, the world largest sports organization and the COSL (Comité Olympique et Sportif Luxembourgeois). Special Olympics Luxembourg is operated only by volunteers.
The Special Olympics movement unlocks the joy of sport to inspire people throughout the world to open their minds to human giftedness and to accept, include and value people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of life. Today, Special Olympics is much more than an event: it is one of the world’s most powerful and effective social movements.
“Because of Special Olympics, I am someone. I am a different person. I have a new focus. When I go back to my country, people see me as a great person. Special Olympics has done this.”
—Florence Nabayinda, Special Olympics Athlete and Former Board Member, Uganda
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” — Oath of Special Olympics athletes
As Special Olympics moves into its fifth decade, we are gaining new understandings of the importance of the movement. In the relationships formed and in the examples set by the athletes, the world sees a new way of thinking, feeling and acting. In the moments of a Special Olympics experience, an athlete is transformed into a champion. In those moments, everyone is changed. We are introduced into a more open, joyful, tolerant, accepting and ultimately peaceful world. The world needs Special Olympics now more than ever. So please join us in changing lives, and in changing the world.