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Special Olympics & Sport Handicap

Nyon Triathlon is committed to sports for Disabled People

In our efforts to make the Triathlon of Nyon accessible to all, for this 31stedition we are reinforcing our strategy to welcome athletes with disabilities of different types. We are continuing our partnership with Special Olympics Switzerland, and welcoming once again athletes with mental handicaps within the Team Family category. In 2019, we alsowant to improve our welcoming of athletes suffering from a physical handicaps. Silke Pan, an incredible paraplegic athlete, does us the honor and the pleasure to be the godmother of this edition. So, we encourage all athletes with disabilities to participate in this popular competition promoting the integration of all and tocontact us. We are of course ready to put in place the necessary adaptations according to the different handicaps so that everyone can fully enjoy participating in the Nyon Triathlon.

Silke Pan, godmother of this 31st edition

Para-triathlete and handbike champion, Silke Pan is delighted to be the sponsor of this 31st edition.

It will be at the start on Sunday 11th of the Short distance race.


Nyon Triathlon – Unified Event / Saturday 10th August

Since 2018, the Nyon Triathlon collaborates with Special Olympics Switzerland, to allow families living with a child who has special needs or with a disability, to participate together at this great sporting event. The adults suffering from a disability who would like to take part in this race in a team are of course more than welcome to join as well.

To do so, the category « Team Family » is an opportunity to discover the three disciplines of the triathlon with adapted distances, accessible to all. Further adaptations can be made upon request of the family in case there are specific needs (ex. do only the run course or swim).

For more information, please contact unified@trinyon.ch.

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the biggest sporting movement in the world dedicated to people with mental disabilities, promoting equality and recognition of this community in sport.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy-Shriver in the United-Stated, and officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1988, the movement brings together today more that 4.9 million people from 172 countries. Special Olympics helps people with mental disabilities to develop themselves through sport. As such, these sportsmen/women have the opportunity to improve their self esteem and confidence, as well as their physical shape. Our event allows them to share privileged moments with other sportsmen/women, their families, and their social environment.

Unified – development of inclusive sport

Since 2014, Switzerland and the UNO ratified a Convention related to the Right of People with Disabilities (CDPH) which aims to guarantee the same access to social life, sports and leisure to all. This s why Special Olympics Switzerland has decided to develop the offer of inclusive sport for children and teenagers with mental disabilities. In 2017, more than 400 people participate in regular trainings in 49 sport clubs in Switzerland. From these 49 structures, 25 have received the labelling of Special Olympics Switzerland, which certifies their efforts for inclusion.

The main objective of this program is to apply the Convention of the UNO in the field of sports, by giving people with mental disabilities, and more particularly to children and teenagers, access to qualitative and inclusive sport. Concretely, the objective is that these children in Switzerland can participate regularly and actively in sports within sports clubs or popular sporting events, and as such, social life within these settings. To guarantee this objective, Special Olympics develops opportunities either with « Unified Clubs », or with « Unified Events ».

A « Unified Club » is a sport club which respects with principle of « inclusive society » and puts into practice the CDPH. It is labelled by Special Olympics Switzerland and allows people with specific needs to participate regularly and actively in the concerned sport, as well as take part in the social life of the club.

A « Unified Event » is a sporting event which respects the principle of « inclusive society » and puts into practice the CDPH. It is labelled by Special Olympics Switzerland and allows people with specific needs to participate in the sport proposed and encourages the social cohesion between people. An adapted category allows the participation of people with limited levels of performance.