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Particular Olympics Takes Centre Stage at SportAccord

Group of Special Olympics athletes and representatives.

Jon-Paul St. Germain (Vice President of Sport Improvement), Fiona Hynes (Senior Director of Sport Communications), Lou Lauria (Chief, Video games & Competitions), Kiera Byland (Kiera Byland BEM, International Athlete Congress Chair), Maggie Brennan (Senior Supervisor of Sport Improvement), Miroslaw Krogulec (SOEE Vice President of Sport), Erin Sennott (Senior Supervisor of Main Occasion Improvement), Niamh Nelson (Supervisor of Storytelling Activation & Sport Communication)

Particular Olympics was out in pressure this week at one of many world sports activities business’s greatest gatherings of the yr—SportAccord. Held within the metropolis of Birmingham in the UK from 7 – 11 April, the SportAccord summit brings collectively the main Worldwide Federations and world organizations concerned within the enterprise of sport.

The Particular Olympics delegation was led by Kiera Byland, BEM and chair of the International Athlete Chief Congress and Particular Olympics Worldwide Board member. Talking on the occasion, Kiera highlighted the significance of the various conferences and discussions that Particular Olympics held with a variety of sport federations, host cities and different main occasion stakeholders over the course of the summit.

“This expertise has been eye-opening, not only for me, however for the tons of of worldwide sport federations and organizations in attendance at SportAccord 2024. By being right here in Birmingham this week, we now have helped main sport leaders to develop their data of accessible and inclusive sport.

“These sport leaders will take our message of inclusion and go on to affect hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. We got here right here with the mission to share Particular Olympics’ message of ‘Select to Embrace’ and I really feel that we achieved this objective.”

One of many key options of the SportAccord summit is the gathering of world enterprise leaders and host cities with the main Worldwide Federations and world sporting organisations in a single location.

Over the course of the summit, the Particular Olympics workforce held a collection of conferences with worldwide sport federations together with the Worldwide Powerlifting Federation, the European Biking Union, the Worldwide Floorball Federation, the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation, the Worldwide Volleyball Federation, the Badminton World Federation, the Worldwide Basketball Federation, the Worldwide Hockey Federation, the Worldwide Judo Federation, the Worldwide Canoe Federation and the Worldwide Cheer Union.

Discussions had been additionally held with a variety of host cities excited by studying extra concerning the prospect of internet hosting a future Particular Olympics main occasion.

One of many principal goals for the Particular Olympics workforce at SportAccord was to have interaction the broader sports activities world to make sure that the ability and significance of inclusive sports activities is extra broadly understood and embraced.

Particular Olympics Worldwide has expanded the attain and impression of its sport partnerships in latest instances. At present, Particular Olympics is partnered with 18 Worldwide Sport Federations and multi-sport federations. At a regional stage, the seven areas of Particular Olympics Worldwide are partnered with 41 regional sport federations and multi-sport federations. Whereas on the nationwide stage, Particular Olympics nation packages are partnered with greater than 1000 nationwide sport federations and multi-sport federations.

“Our presence at SportAccord allows us to solidify Particular Olympics’ place as one in every of three most impactful sport organizations on the earth, alongside Olympics and Paralympics. We’re dedicated to constructing collaborative partnerships with worldwide sport federations on behalf of our 4 million athletes, serving to them obtain their most potential on and off the sector of play.”

Jon-Paul Saint Germain, Vice President of Sport Improvement with Particular Olympics Worldwide

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