September's E-zine

14 Sep 2021
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Check out all the latest Special Olympics news in this month's e-zine.

September has come around so fast!
We are very excited to see so many clubs interested in returning this month after a long time away from in-person activities. To support clubs and coaches during this transition period, we are providing a series of webinars to help them on this journey. Already, there are a high level of registrations for these webinars.
After months of hard work and preparation for the 2022 World Winter Games, which were due to take place in Kazan, Russia next January, we were disappointed but fully understand the logic of their postponement until 2023. This decision was made after extensive consultation with many key stakeholders and based on the impact of the Delta variant of COVID-19 across the globe. Everyone at Special Olympics Ireland would like to recognise the hard work of the athletes and the management team, who will use the additional time to prepare.
On a positive note, we are delighted to support European Week of Sport taking place September 23-30. This campaign aims to promote sport and physical activity in countries across Europe. It is for everyone, regardless of age, background, or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the aim is to inspire people to #BeActive on a regular basis. To help support this message we are running a series of online events. Many clubs will kick-start after the summer or COVID -19 break, by engaging in these activities by getting their club involved in our club challenge. Check out our events here.
I am also very proud to unveil our very first team of Health Messengers. These athletes have been trained as health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates and role models within their clubs and the wider community at large. This is an exciting project with ambitious goals and I wish the team the very best of luck in their new roles.
Lastly, I would like to thank the continued support of our fundraisers and sponsors throughout the pandemic. In particular, I am delighted to say that the eir Staff Challenge took place over the weekend with a record number of participants taking part. Now, in its 8th year, this event is growing from strength to strength and the virtual nature has now enabled even more people to get involved than before so a huge thanks to everyone at eir for taking part. I would also like to sincerely thank Denis O’Brien and his team for hosting a hugely successful Golf day at the K Club on 3rd September. Significant funds were raised and many of our valued partners supported this top-class annual event.
Warm Regards,

 Matt English
CEO, Special Olympics Ireland