Presentation on theme: "SPORTS UNION FOR ATHLETES WITH DOWN SYNDROME"— Presentation transcript:
1SPORTS UNION FOR ATHLETES WITH DOWN SYNDROME SU-DSSPORTS UNION FOR ATHLETES WITH DOWN SYNDROMEDr. Geoff SmedleyChief Executive
2Purpose of SU-DSSport has long been recognised by parents, teachers and coaches to be an activity which people with Down Syndrome can enjoy for recreation. SU-DS promotes the opportunity as one in which they can also be competitive.
3People with Down Syndrome In the 50 years I have been Directly involved with people With Down Syndrome: There is generally more Advice about what they CANNOT do Than there is general advice about what people with Down Syndrome CAN DO
4What is SU-DS?SU-DS was created as an umbrella organisation to bring together all the Sports Organisations that provide opportunities exclusively for athletes with Down syndrome.SU-DS, using a Generic Registration Form processes the Registration of all athletes across all the SU-DS sportsThis enables athletes to compete in many sports with the same Registration.
6With the help and support of- ParentsTeachersCoachesAthletes with Down SyndromeCANTrain with serious commitmentCompete with high ambitionsSucceed to high expectations
7Athletes with Down syndrome Train very hard to make their National TeamEstablish National, Regional and World RecordsWin medals that say they are the best in the worldSo can Down syndrome athletes
8Competitive Opportunities Organisations that provide competitive opportunities for athletes with Down syndromeSpecial OlympicsInasSU-DS
9Competitive Opportunities Special OlympicsHas a policy of ‘Divisioning’ so there are many ‘winners’ in a single event.There are no holders of National, Regional or World Records.InasClassification is for all swimmers so those with Down syndrome compete against all those with an Intellectual Disability.
10Inas Inas is an IPC member and its athletes compete in the Paralympics.Very, very rarely does an athlete with Down syndrome meet the entry standard even for Regional Championships
11SU-DSSU-DS recognised that athletes with Down syndrome were being outclassed in competition for people with intellectual disability.Such athletes generally do not have the same functional disabilities that are often associated with Down Syndrome.However, SU-DS follows the Olympic and Paralympic ideal. Its Championships recognise one World Champion.
12DevelopmentBecause Down syndrome athletes were being disadvantaged, DOWN syndrome specific sports organisations werecreated to give theseathletes a fair and equalopportunity to besuccessful.This was a view we foundwas quickly recognisedWorldwide.
13SU-DS now has 41 member countries: EUROPEAustriaGreat BritainDenmarkSpainEstoniaGibraltarCroatiaRomaniaIrelandItalyPortugalSwedenAMERICASGuatemalaDominicaCosta RicoColumbiaUSACanadaNicaraguaArgentinaChileCubaVenezuelaMexicoBrazilPuerto RicoASIA Hong Kong India Japan Macau Taiwan AUSTRALASIA Australia New Zealand AFRICA South Africa CameroonNorwayFranceRussiaFinlandTurkeyTurkmenistan
14World Championships UK Portugal Ireland Mexico Taiwan Brazil Azores ItalySouth Africa7 Swimming 2 Athletics 1 Futsal 1 Gymnastics 1 Judo 1 Table Tennis
15Projected Plans for: Regional Championships Americas Europe Asia
16REGISTRATION Personal Information Photo All athletes must Register with SU-DS withPersonal InformationPhotoMedical Evidence of Down Syndrome(T21 or Mosaic)Consent for SportMedical AAI certificate for some sportsForms can be downloaded from the SU-DS Website
17sUDs SPORTS UNION FOR ATHLETES WITH DOWN SYNDROME Athletics Swimming Gymnastics Table Tennis Judo Futsal Trisome GAMES