We gotta appreciate!
When i first came into the Special Olympics South Africa House, then based in Sandton at the Twin Towers, i had no idea what Special Olympics was all about. Of cause when i was told by the Department of Sports Arts and Culture Gauteng to attend my practical’s with them i had told myself that i was going to adventure into a new paradigm. Yes i was in a new world and i had told myself that here am to learn a very new way of life.
On my arrival i was welcomed by my Mentor Mr. Phillip Mphahlele who has proved to be a great deal in my life with his experience and the strong will to coach me throughout. Special Olympics as an entity has taught me a lot about life in general from; discipline, respect, acknowledgement and appreciation of another being.
Special Olympics is a home to the most underrated people in the world and after finding that out i also felt the need to come in with the little that i have and had so that i could make a difference in the world.
“By helping one, you are helping many, our circle eventually is gathered”.
After my arrival i was introduced to many disciplines that the organization revolves around; from the Athlete Leadership Program, Lower Ability Events, Healthy Athletes, and Young Athletes Training etc. My greatest highlights of the year 2012 was when we hosted the Floor Hockey Provincial event, Figure Skating Nationals, PGA Golf in Kensington, the Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup and the Lower Ability in Alexandra.
Throughout these campaigns and events i have managed to meet a great number of Special Olympics individuals who are all in harmony fighting the same cause which is inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities, this includes directors, management, coordinators, volunteers and Special Olympics Athletes including their parents and guardians
One thing that made me so proud to be an intern at the Special Olympics is that it gave me an opportunity to see the world in a different manner, changed the way i view people and i have come to the understanding that people out there are different but all capable
Lastly at the theory classes Special Olympics has given me a chance to Educate my peers and lectures about people with intellectual disabilities in sports, this is because none us was aware and the fact that it has a year round functioning calendar has helped me to experience all their disciplines and be able to share.
The Stuff at the office alone has been great and very supportive throughout my learning. Very grateful as I stand; within my practical’s I have had the chance to converse and exchange opinions with a large number of African and international people.
“We think too much of disable people with their disabilities more than they themselves think they are disable”
I say this in light of the awareness campaigns and presentations I’ve been too, I have seen normal people with open minds when I go to events and have been pulled down my high horse seeing the capabilities they have of which at first I had underestimated. I was really stunned when I learnt that two of my colleagues who are Jimmy and Thabo are people with intellectual disabilities, their quality of work at the office will leave you riveting.