Helping to keep sports barrier-free

Helping to keep sports barrier-free






January 8, 2019

If there is one thing that could unite the spirits of mankind, amid all the chaos and turmoil in the world, it is sport.

Whenever there is a large-scale sporting event, such as the World Cup or the Olympics, people gather, share and watch. Sport seems to be for everyone, or does it?

For less abled individuals, who also have a passion for sport, or just a desire to express themselves through participation in physical challenges, there seems to be limited opportunities. Fortunately, since movements such as the Special Olympics came around more than 4 decades ago, the lives of many people with intellectual disability have changed.

Following the noble cause, Australia also set up its Special Olympics organisation in 1976. special-olympicsThis year, from 20-25 October 2014, “1,000 Aussie athletes with an intellectual disability will represent their state or territory at the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Melbourne, Victoria. With competition across 16 Olympic-type sports, the Games will be a huge celebration of ability as well as a qualifying event for next year’s Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles where athletes will have the opportunity to represent Australia on the world stage.”

As part of the fundraising initiative for the 2014 Special Olympics, Global Supply Chain Group is proud to sponsor the 54 Hole Golf Challenge. Scheduled to be held for the first time on 17 November 2014 at Riverside Oaks Golf Course in Sydney, this is “a unique event where players/companies have the opportunity to test their golf ability & stamina but more importantly support athletes with an intellectual disability.”

Apart from sponsorship, GSCG has also helped in additional fundraising and organising where possible. “Just imagine the smile this could put on people’s faces. We sometimes take for granted how we get by every day without realising it could be a huge struggle for the intellectually disabled. I am personally a golf enthusiast and sponsoring the Golf Challenge for the Special Olympics is more than a double reward,” says Vivek Sood – CEO of GSCG.

In the larger scheme of things, GSCG will continue to pursue its corporate responsibility initiatives, by doing pro-bono work and writing a book on sustainable supply chains.

If you would like to help or donate to the Special Olympics’ Golf Challenge, please click here.

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  • Sport puts people in motion, improves physical and mental well-being, supports togetherness and mobility, strengthens self-esteem and is also a lot of fun. The love of sports connects people regardless of age, gender, culture, religion, or their level of mobility. The Tenerife Top Training celebrates sports and it is very important to us that all visitors feel comfortable! this includes the aspiration to enable the self-determined, equal participation of people with and without disabilities in and through sport. Sport, exercises, and games are particularly suited to promote the interacting acquaintance and of people with and without disabilities, to anchor the idea of ​equal, self-determined participation in consciousness and to strengthen people with disabilities in our society. Therefore, our facility is nearly 100% barrier-free for wheelchair users and customers with restricted mobility.

    Australia competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 180 competitors, 146 men, and 34 women took part in 115 events in 20 sports. Australia performed poorly, winning one silver and four bronze medals. This result spurred Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser to set up the Australian Institute of Sport.

  • I completely agree with you that sports have the potential to unite mankind in a very positive way. Sport actually contribute to promote tolerance and respect and empower women and young people, individuals, and communities and disables. Thanks to the Olympics, we now have a strong tool that encourages states and sports organizations to work together and develop concrete best sports practices.

  • Such a nice article Vivek. No doubt, the sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool for endorsing peace and development objectives. Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. Sport contributes to well-being regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. It is enjoyed by all, and its reach is unrivaled. I think sports in its most basic form encourage balanced participation and have the capacity to promote gender equality.

  • The idea of the Special Olympics is very commendable and appreciating. Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics strive to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Through quality sports training and competition, improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, and in turn the lives of everyone they touch.

  • Special Olympics are important and everyone must come forward to donate for the establishment and betterment of such initiatives. As it allows these people to realize their full potential and develop skills to become fulfilled and productive members of their families and the communities in which they live. Around millions of Australians have an intellectual disability and unfortunately not all the people got the chance to demonstrate their potential at international level. Everyone must come forward to encourage such people by contributing to Special Olympics.

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