"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
-- Special Olympics Oath --
In March 2001, nearly 7,000 people -- athletes,
coaches, officials, family members, friends and
dignitaries -- from more than 80 nations around
the world came to Anchorage for the largest
international sporting event ever held in Alaska:
the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games
The International Paralympics Committee
is an international non-profit organisation formed and run by 160 National Paralympic Committees and 5 disability specific international sports federations
In 2002 the Winter Paralympics will be hosted by Salt Lake City,Utah.
The Maccabiah Games for 2001 , known as the Jewish Olympics have begun in Jerusalem.
The competitors include 67 Australians.
The competitions were reduced from 11 days to eight after
thousands of athletes cancelled their participation,
concerned for their security because of more than nine
months of Palestinian-Israeli fighting that almost led to
cancellation of the games.
The Australian team arrived for the competitions despite the death of four team athletes in 1997 when a temporary bridge collapsed, plunging the whole delegation into a polluted river during the opening ceremony.
A stone monument with the names of the four Australians
stands near a new wooden bridge that has been built
across the river. Banners reading, "We love you," and
"We're sorry," were hung in tribute to the four who died,
Greg Small, Yetty Bennett, Warren Zines and Elizabeth
"Coming back here gives a new perspective to life," said
basketball player Carl David, who also was a member of
the Australian delegation four years ago. "We are here to
honour those who did not come back with us last time."
The best-known athlete at the games is American Lenny
Krayzelburg, a backstroke swimmer who won three gold
medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Krayzelburg set a Maccabiah record for the 100-metre
backstroke in preliminary trials.
More links on the Maccabiah Games can be found on the "add url" page of Launceston Sportal
THE GAY GAMES
In a Sofcom news alert it was reported July 2001 that Sydney is not in any danger of losing the 2002 Gay Games,
despite the international Federation of Gay Games
suggesting there could be a "total forfeiture" of the city.
The Sydney 2002 Gay Games was happy with the level of support the State had given.
It had provided things like office space, offers of
secondments of staff, and grants, he said.
WORLD FIRE FIGHTERS GAMES
The world's Fire Fighters and Emergency Services Teams regularly hone their skills at events such as the WORLD FIRE FIGHTERS GAMES so that they are ready for emergencies like the devastation in New York,September 11,2001.
Say a prayer for these heroes and then click the photo to visit WORLD PEACE to take further action.
THE SKILL OLYMPICS
The WorkSkill Australia Foundation conducts skill competitions for thousands of young Australians on a regional and national basis and it
develops and manages Australias International Skill Olympics team.
WorkSkill is the Australian member body for the IVTO (International Vocational Training Organisation).
THE TOURNAMENT OF MINDS
is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary schools.
They are required to solve demanding, open-ended problems from one of the following disciplines:
THE GOODWILL GAMES
Sports in Sydney 2001
Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (Track), Diving, Figure Skating,
Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Trampoline,
Triathlon, and Weightlifting
Previous Goodwill Games have been held in the following cities:
Moscow, Soviet Union, 1986
Seattle, Washington, 1990
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1994
New York, New York, 1998
Planning is already underway in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, host site of the 2005 Goodwill
THE ASIAN GAMES