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A coach receiving her certificate at a recent coaches training event.

Coaches are a critical component of Special Olympics’ work. A coach is a key figure in an athlete’s life, providing the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches serve as role models and character builders, giving Special Olympics athletes awareness of their worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve. Special Olympics coaches also have a direct impact on athletes’ lives by helping them acquire skills that can influence their abilities to obtain employment, succeed in school and achieve personal goals.

Volunteer coaches come from all walks of life and

backgrounds, and don’t need prior experience – We (Special Olympics Nigeria) provide the necessary training and resources. To become a Special Olympics coach, all you need is a compassionate nature, a desire to help others and a lot of enthusiasm.

Become a coach today, and you’ll be joining an amazing team of individuals that includes former Olympians, sport professionals, college students, young professionals and a host of family members. You’ll also have the opportunity to trade coaching tips and exercises, build new friendships and have real impact on the lives of these athletes. Being a Special Olympics coach can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime – for both you and the athletes you mentor.

Presently, Special Olympics Nigeria has over 700 coaches in 25 states across the 5 of 6 geo political regions we find ourselves present in Nigeria. South West, South East, South South, North Central and North West coaching athletes in 6 Olympic- type sports. In each state, Special Olympics Nigeria appoints volunteer coaches as state coordinators charged with the duty of ensuring continuous sports training and competition in their various states, they also help to recruit new coaches, volunteers and athletes into the programme.

Volunteers

Volunteers at one of our events.

Special Olympics would not exist today without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of its volunteers. As a grassroots organisation, Special Olympics Nigeria relies on volunteers at all levels to ensure that every athlete is offered quality sports training and a rewarding experience. Volunteers can get involved at the local, state or national level, or offer their services locally at an event in their community. Some volunteers offer a few hours of their time a year at specific events, while others work several hours a week year-round.

Whatever your interests and talents are, there are volunteer opportunities for you, from a one-day stint as a scorekeeper at an athletic event to licensed health care providers volunteering their time to provide event-based health opportunities for athletes through the Special Olympics Nigeria Healthy Athletes initiative.

Athletes

Out-of-School Program
It's all about giving and learning.

This program provides the opportunity for intellectually challenged persons who are out of or not in school to be a part of the ‘joy’ that Special Olympics offers. This programme is currently practiced in Lagos with hopes of branching out into other states.

Advancement
Athletes receiving medals for their participation at an event.

To advance to a higher level of competition in a particular year, an athlete must have participated for a minimum of eight weeks in an organized training program in the sport or sports in which he or she has entered for higher level competition. A planned regimen of training under a volunteer coach, teacher or parent is considered an organized training program.

In addition, an athlete must advance from a lower level of competition in the same sport to the next appropriate level based on their performance in their division rather than elite qualification.

The Special Olympics Sports Rules governs all Special Olympics sports competitions worldwide. As an international sports movement, Special Olympics has created these rules based upon rules from International Sports Federations and National Governing Bodies. International Sports Federations and National Governing Bodies rules are employed except when they are in conflict with the Special Olympics Sports Rules. In those cases, the Special Olympics Sports Rules shall apply.

Levels of Competition

In Nigeria, there are various levels of competition after every 8 weeks of training. These competitions are geared towards providing competition opportunities for SONigeria athletes. We have the Special Olympics Nigeria “School Sports Day” – This is a grassroots competition involving all athletes in all SONigeria Special Schools across the country.

We also have the “Out of-School” Program. This is an initiative that was introduced to give Intellectually challenged persons who are out of or not in school an opportunity to be a part of the ‘joy’ that Special Olympics offers.

All in an effort to ensure that all our athletes have at least one competition opportunity in the course of the year.
This is followed by the State Competition, Regional Competition, National Games and World Games.

Advancement
Delegation of participants at the National Games.

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics activities develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through various activities, that exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, while enjoying the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but “their voices” as well.

Regional Games
Delegation fron the South-South region at the National Games.

The Special Olympic Nigeria Regional Games is one of the major sports events for people with intellectual disabilities in different regions of the country. Sports training and competitions are organized within the respective regions where winners are selected for the regional events. The Regional Games provide countless examples of the joy, excitement and achievement of competition, but they are much more than just sport.

Sport is at the core of our mission, because through sports, Special Olympics can affect the attitudes of athletes, their families and everyone around them. These Games provide unique opportunities to advance society’s understanding of athletes’ abilities and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. The last Regional games were held in 2013 in the South West, South East and South-South geo-political zones of Nigeria.

National Games
Participants from the South West region at the National Games.

To advance to a higher level of competition in a particular year, an athlete must have participated for a minimum of eight weeks in an organized training program in the sport or sports in which he or she has entered for higher level of competition. A planned regimen of training under a volunteer coach, teacher or parent is considered an organized training program.

In addition, an athlete must advance from a lower level of competition in the same sport to the next appropriate level based on their performance in their division rather than elite qualification.

Athletes from different regions in the country compete at the National level and are selected through random draw those who will represent the country at a World Games event. The Special Olympic Nigeria National Games is one of the major sports events for people with intellectual disabilities in different regions of the country. Special Olympics Nigeria held her first National Games in 2006 with over 100 Special Olympics athletes in attendance, while the 2nd Special Olympics Nigeria National Games was held in September, 2010.

The 3rd edition of Special Olympics Nigeria ‘National Games’ were held in August 2014.

World Games
Cross-section of the Nigerian team to the 2015 world games.

Special Olympics Nigeria has participated in 5 World Games competitions. Its World Games debut was in 2003 at the Summer World Games Dublin, Ireland. Since then, it has attended the 2007 Summer World Games Shanghai, China, 2011 Summer World Games Athens, Greece and the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, PyeongChang, South Korea.

Special Olympics Nigeria’s athletes continue to make the nation proud at these competitions. At the 2011 Summer World Games Athens, Greece, they returned home with a medal haul of 49 medals in gold, silver and bronze.

Just Concluded World Games

The next World Games competition will hold from the 25th of July – 2nd August 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Team Nigeria will be participating in 7 sports at this competition. For more information about LA2015, please visit http://www.la2015.org/.

LA2015 Team Nigeria Delegation

Athletes
SPORT ATHLETE SEX
Aquatics – Swimming Damola Roberts F
Adebiyi Olatunji F
Treasure Chidi-Ofong M
Aisha Fatai-Williams M
Athletics Samuel Olatunji M
Adeniregun Dare M
Sikiru Sodiq M
Oluwatoyin Oyeyele F
Fathia Fatimoh F
Ejim Eyuam F
Tunmise Obafemi F
Esther Mokwu F
Badminton Muraina Rasaq M
Jeffery Olu-Imafereme M
David Winner F
Adeniran Adebola F
Basket-ball Amodu Temitope F
Odedina Abosede F
Onwunze Chidalu F
Emmanuel Samuel M
Ifechinachi Victor M
Popoola Moshood M
Mshelia Ibrahim M
Adewopo Marvelous M
Cycling Adekoya Adedayo M
Emuwa Chidubem M
Unified Soccer Ezeama Chukwudi(A) M
Solomon Oluwafemi (A) M
Adebayo Abubakar (A) M
Uduma Nuana (A) M
Ukaegbu Michael (A) M
Kaduru Simon (A) M
Osagie Lucky (P) M
Osaodolor Daniel (P) M
Ekomabasi Emmanuel (P) M
Osadolor Geroge O (P) M
Table-Tennis Olowoniyi Sunday M
Quadri Fawaz M
Abiola Adewole F
Victoria White F

P – Unified Partner, A – Athlete

Coaches
SPORT ATHLETE SEX
Unified Soccer Adeola Oladugba M
Stephen Adeyemo M
Imran Ayo M
Aquatics Anifowose Yomi M
Athletics Ogban Esu F
Revd Sr. Elizabeth Nwankwo F
Badminton Kehinde Ogunbiyitan M
Basket-ball Michael Ani M
Shofoluwe Samuel M
Egbuna Ruth F
Cycling Adeife Adefemi M
Table-Tennis Olawuyi Amoo M