The Red Ball Foundation has been cooperating successfully with the Matevž Langus Radovljica Centre for Training, Work, and Protection for the past two years, and rejoices at the results achieved by their members.
This institute is intended for children, teenagers, and adults with moderate, greater, and severe mental disorders. Its users are offered a programme of education and support for children and teens, accommodation, health care, and rehabilitation as well as additional activities, including sports programmes.
Athletes from this organisation participate in the competitions organised by the Special Olympics at home and abroad, they are regular participants in various recreational events and marathons all over Slovenia. In their efforts to make sure their users continue and regularly maintain physical fitness, the cooperation and support of the Red Ball Foundation enabled the supplementation of their physiotherapy room which now includes the ceiling lift that lifts mobility-impaired people, and a therapy table. The superior sports space was equipped with stationary bikes, a treadmill, and rowing simulators for the psychophysical state and health of more than 180 people regularly or occasionally included in their operation.
Last month, Special Olympics World Winter Games ended in Austria and they were extremely successful for the 18-member Slovenian team. They returned home with 23 medals; nine gold, eight silver, and six bronze.
Photo: Bronze Anja Kuhar
Representatives of CUDV Radovljica were also very successful. In the alpine skiing Anja Kuhar won a bronze medal, in cross-country skiing Nace Mencinger was third and first in relay, while Barbara Peterka won team gold, and silver and bronze individual medals in snowshoeing.
The next big competition for Special Olympics athletes takes place in two years, when Abu Dhabi is hosting the Special Olympics World Summer Games.