We're already record breakers!
On the eve of the Special Olympics World Abu Dhabi 2019 we can safely say that we have already smashed a few records. Make sure you join us as we break a few more….
Volunteer content by Valerie Radford
We’re changing the song… Determination is what you need if you want to be a record breaker!
Everyone gathering for the Special Olympics World Abu Dhabi 2019 is certainly dedicated. The excitement is rising as the UAE welcomes the world for the largest sport and humanitarian event in the world. A record 20,000 volunteers are helping to put the final preparations together and 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches from over 190 nations are getting ready for action. These athletes are ready to run, jump, swim, spin, throw, ride and smile as they go about breaking their own personal best records.
To get you even more in mood for the competition, here are some of the firsts and records that have already been tamed by the Games:
· This is the first-ever Special Olympics World Games to be held in the Middle East and North Africa region.
· 11 NEW Sub-Saharan African nations will participate in the World Games for the first time.
· The UAE’s very own Micah Hambleton, took home gold in Division 1 of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Triathlon competition, on March 8.
· Saudi Arabia is sending its largest ever athlete contingent, which will also feature female competitors for the first time.
· The World Games is the most inclusive yet, with people with intellectual disabilities involved in every aspect of the event.
· NINE world-class venues throughout Abu Dhabi and Dubai are open to host 24 officially sanctioned Olympic-style sports.
· All Emirates have been taking part in the Host Town Program, welcoming the teams to experience true Emirati hospitality.
· The Special Olympics Torch of Hope has touched the highest mountain in the UAE, sending a beacon of light out to the world.
· The entire community is welcome to Run Unified on March 16, from 6.30am at Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi (visit abudhabi2019.org to register).
· It’s not too late to break your own record! Join the movement and promote inclusion, tolerance and determination.
SHARING REALLY IS CARING
Now is the time for you all to make some firsts and create memories along the way! Make sure you take snaps and share them on social media and share them using #MeetTheDetermined and #WorldGamesAD.