Belgium has approximately 165,000 people with an intellectual disability, which translates to 1 in 60 Belgians. To encourage this segment of the population to take part in sports and thereby promote social inclusion, Special Olympics Belgium was founded in 1979.
In 2014 the European Summer Games took place in Antwerp. I had the honor to follow one of the atletes the weeks before and during the event. Berny has been an Special Olympics athlete for more than 10 years but the European Summer Games 2014 were his first international games.
Practicing sports with SO has given him the strength to become better and stand up for others. He loves football but chose to challenge himself and participate as a cycler this year. His mother is his biggest fan.