Officials needed for gymnastics, athletics & aquatics

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All of the athletes competing at the Ireland Games this June have qualified through a comprehensive advancement programme from Area Games in 2016, Regional Games in 2017 and many will hope to qualify for the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

Such a prestigious sporting event needs top level officials and this is where you can play your part!

We are urgently looking to recruit sports officials to oversee the competition in Athletics, Aquatics and Gymnastics.

By volunteering to officiate Ireland Games 2018 you will be at the heart of the action, experiencing the

skill, determination and joy of the athletes as they compete at the biggest sporting event of the year.

Athletics will be held in Morton Stadium and with over 300 athletes competing in track and field events it will be a hive of activity. Aquatics will take place in the world class National Aquatics Center and gymnastics will take place in Gymastics Training Center of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.

 

Sport Role  Qualification Needed
Athletics Timekeepers No experience or qualifications needed
 Athletics Starters Starters Licence required
Aquatics Time Keepers Timekeepers Level 1
 Aquatics Stroke Judges Official Level 2
Gymnastics Artistic Judges Artistic Judges qualification
 Gymnastics Rhythmic Judges Rhythmic Judges qualification

 

Ophthalmologists & eye-care professionals needed for Ireland Games screening

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The Special Olympics / Lions Club International Opening Eyes® program is a vision and eye health screening in partnership with the Lions Club International Foundation.

Led by volunteer vision care professionals, Opening Eyes is able to offer prescription glasses to Special Olympics Ireland athletes who attend Ireland Games.

We are looking for qualified or trainee ophthalmologists or vision care professionals to undertake this hugely beneficial screening for the athletes competing at Ireland Games in June.

As an Opening Eyes volunteer – you will be part of a team offering athletes eye exams and

new prescription lenses with follow up care recommendations. You will also benefit from working with experienced colleagues and learn how best to engage with this special section of our community.

 Healthy Athlete: Opening Eyes

Location: National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dates: Opening Eyes will be running 15th – 17th June 2018

Volunteers will get the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable experience of communicating with and screening people with an intellectual disability
  • Learn from qualified/experienced healthcare professionals and share knowledge and skills.
  • Make a positive impact on our athlete’s lives.

This is a hugely exciting event and you will be at the heart of the Healthy Athlete screening programme. Training will be provided prior to the Games and we will also carry out a venue walk through to familiarise you with the layout. Lunch, uniform and accreditation will all be provided

 

Next steps

To register and volunteer for the Ireland Games please go to: https://irelandgames.ie/volunteer/#register

If you have any difficult with this process please contact:

Volunteer Services Ireland Games 2018
Tel: 0818 300 053

Volunteergames2018@specialolympics.ie

 

 

Qualified or trainee podiatrists urgently needed for Fit Feet screening at Ireland Games in June

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Ulster’s Jonathan McCartney is seen by Tahlia Britton of Fit Feet in the Healthy Athlete Tent. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

Fit Feet is a free podiatric screening for participating Special Olympics Ireland athletes competing at the Ireland Games in June 2018. The athletes will have their ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics, and proper shoe and socks evaluated.

With under 50 days to go until the biggest sporting event of the year we urgently need qualified or trainee podiatrists to register.

By registering to be part of the Fit Feet team you will learn from experienced colleagues how best to engage with this special section of our community and you will be taught how to screen athletes for a wide range of podiatry problems and give professional advice to help the sporting stars of the Games.

 

This short video gives you an idea of what to expect in June! 

Healthy Athlete: Fit Feet

Location: National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

 

 

Dates: Fit Feet will be running 15th – 17th June 2018

As a member of the Fit Feet Team you will get the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable experience of communicating with and screening people with an intellectual disability.
  • Learn from qualified/experienced podiatrist through supervised, hands on experience.
  • Make a positive and lasting impact on our athlete’s lives

This is a hugely exciting event and you will be at the heart of the Healthy Athlete screening programme. Training will be provided prior to the Games and we will also carry out a venue walk through to familiarise you with the layout. Lunch, uniform and accreditation will all be provided.

 

 

 Next steps

To register and volunteer for the Ireland Games please go to: https://irelandgames.ie/volunteer/#register

If you have any difficult with this process please contact:

Volunteer Services Ireland Games 2018
Tel: 0818 300 053

Volunteergames2018@specialolympics.ie

 

 

Healthcare professionals needed for athlete screening at Ireland Games!

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While Special Olympics Ireland may be most well-known for its sports training & competition , another programme that makes a huge difference to the lives of our athletes is the Healthy Athlete Programme.

The Healthy Athlete Programme provides health screenings, health education and resources to athletes, in a fun and welcoming environment.

People with intellectual disabilities are at increased risk for a number of preventable health conditions, and experience higher mortality rates

 

The Healthy Athlete Programme aims to address this by increasing access to health care professionals, and increase awareness of the healthcare needs of people with an intellectual disability.

Cáit Donnelly is responsible for the Healthy Athlete Programme and is the the National Lead for Health & Wellbeing initiatives in Special Olympics Ireland.

“Ireland Games is a very exciting time for the Healthy Athlete Programme, as we see the return of FUNFitness & Healthy Hearing for the first time since 2006, and most importantly we are offering Strong Minds for the first time ever. The Healthy Athlete Programme will offer our athletes a holistic experience during the Games and continues to highlight the important link between health & sport”

This June, 1600 athletes will get the opportunity to take part in the Healthy Athlete Programme and avail of health screenings in all 7 disciplines. An army of 300 volunteers is needed to achieve this. If you are a qualified or trainee health care professional then you can play your part in changing or improving an athlete’s life by volunteering to be a part of the Healthy Athlete Programme at Ireland Games

You will have a direct impact on the lives of some of the most inspiring and dedicated athletes in the country, you can make a difference and change a life!

Register today on https://irelandgames.ie/volunteer/

 

If you have any difficulties registering please contact Volunteer Services on  0818 300 053 or

Volunteergames2018@specialolympics.ie

Meet some of the Irish Healthy Athlete Clinical Directors : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEWaYZ8MB_o