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We have around 17 Coaches and 15 Assistant Coaches helping us coach and mentor our athletes.
These individuals trained to the highest standards give many hours of their own time each week allowing us the opportunity to help the Isle of Mans men, women and children with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Isle of Man offer a variety of Special Olympic individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.
Aquatics made its' first big "splash" in the World Games of 1968 and is one of the original Special Olympics' sports. The Isle of Man Aquatics program offers divisions in swimming according to athlete ability, age and gender. Individual events are offered for all strokes, and relay events mirror those offered in other international competitions. Special Olympics offer walking and flotation events for athletes of lower ability at district competitions.
The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-
Badminton players demonstrate the development of hand-
In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic badminton skills.
Bocce is one of the Special Olympics' newer sports and was first introduced at the World Games in 1991 The Isle of Man Bocce Program offers team training and competition. Bocce is a game of skill and strategy. There may be two, four or eight players in a match between two sides. Each side is given four balls and takes a turn rolling the balls toward the smallest ball (the pallina), which has already been thrown onto the field. The players are given points for the balls thrown closest to the pallina. Players may also throw on the fly, striking the ball to move the pallina. Other players can displace the balls (including the pallina).
Cycling is a fascinating sport that requires good physical condition, balance, endurance and tactics. Special Olympics cycling competition includes time trial and road race events in different distances. Every athlete riding his/ hers bike aims at travelling as fast as they can over a measured distance to achieve the best possible time for that distance.
The Special Olympics World Games Cycling program of events offers divisions in cycling according to the cyclist’s ability, age and gender.
Cycling on the Isle of Man is very popular and the island has produced many world class cyclists over the past decade.
Floorball is a versatile indoor team sport developed in the 1970s in Sweden, played in a rink with five field players plus a goalkeeper in each team. Floorball is played with plastic sticks and a light ball and with a goalkeeper without a stick. Floorball has similarities with hockey sports and the main objective is to score more goals than the opposite team.
Floor Hockey is adapted from the games of ice hockey and ringette. It is the only team sport in Special Olympics Winter Sports. Unlike Alpine or cross country skiing, Special Olympics Floor Hockey gives Isle of Man athletes the opportunity to compete in Special Olympics Winter Sports.
Floor Hockey is played in a rink, but the surface is made of wood or concrete, not ice. The teams are composed of six players, including a goalie. The athletes use wooden poles (without blades) as the sticks and the pucks are large felt discs with an open centre.
Football "kicked" into the number one spot as Special Olympics' most popular sport with over 150,000 athletes competing worldwide and is offered in over 130 countries. Football is played by athletes of all ages and abilities since it's easy to learn and doesn't need a lot of equipment. Players improve their overall physical fitness through training and competition. Athletes also benefit through team building, communication, camaraderie and friendship.
Athletes with average or moderate ability are offered divisioning to determine the level of team competition they will compete in. The game, which is played with only five players to a team and on a smaller field, is easier to understand and provides the transition from individual skills competition to traditional team play. Special Olympics offer a variety of Football events athletes can participate in. The Football competition offerings are based on athletes' ability levels.
Special Olympics Golf is a lifetime sport that is great for athletes of any age and offers the unique opportunity for families to play and enjoy a sport together.
Special Olympics Gymnastics first "tumbled" onto the international scene in the 1972 World Games. Gymnastics combines strength, flexibility and artistry while performing with grace and style.
Women compete in up to four artistic or rhythmic events while men can compete in as many as three artistic events. Athletes' are grouped in divisions according to their ability level, age and gender.
For an added challenge, advanced athletes can participate in the all-
‘Club Fit’ is a part of Special Olympics Isle of Man’s healthy athlete training, open to everybody and designed to enable anyone to participate, Club Fit is not just about keeping our athletes healthy, it is a great social event where they meet up with old friends as well as making new ones. But most of all it’s about having fun.
Special Olympics Snowshoe Racing helps athletes enhance their fitness level during the winter months through a full body workout. Snowshoeing is relatively easy to learn because of its natural movement and beginners pick it up quickly. Snowshoeing builds tremendous strength in the athletes while offering a fun and challenging workout. Snowshoeing also gives the athlete the chance to enjoy the winter months with friends and family on Douglas beach. The only equipment needed is a pair of snowshoes along with winter clothing.
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