Last week saw Athletics Vanuatu (AV) signing a historic Memorandum Of Understanding with Special Olympics Vanuatu (SOV).
This partnership between AV and SOV is a milestone for both organizations. SOV being a newly established charitable organization, very young and therefore needs nurturing through different sports federations that exist in Vanuatu, in particular AV to harness athlete’s capabilities to reach their full potential.
The initial idea of this partnership is to collaborate and support the SOV activities. The culmination of the partnership will be in March this year, where AV and SOV will send their first ever SOV Athletics Team to represent Vanuatu at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
This partnership will play an important role in the lives of Vanuatu’s Special Athletes, their families and communities.
It is a mutual beneficial arrangement that will enhance the capacity of both organizations whilst positively impacting on the lives of athletes.
AV recognizes the need for the provision of quality Athletics experiences for athletes of all abilities in Vanuatu and smililarly recognizes the benefits of this partnership to its own staffs, volunteers and athletics community.
This partnership has enriched the understanding an knowledge of AV representatives to the capabilities and needs of the athletes with intellectual disabilities and banishes any form of discrimination that has previously existed amongst them.