They are looking forward to the athletes from Cuba who will visit the district briefly before the "Special Olympics": District Administrator Andrea Jochner Weiß (center), organizer Katharina Drohms and Markus Ebinger from the Langau educational and recreational center, where the athletes will stay during their stay. © Ralf Ruder
This year's "Special Olympics" will feature athletes from 170 nations. Some of them visit the district of Weilheim-Schongau before the World Games begin.
The "Special Olympics", the world games for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities, will take place from 17 to 24 June in Berlin. Athletes from 170 nations will take part in them. Some of them have previously been guests in the district of Weilheim-Schongau. According to District Administrator Andrea Jochner-Weiß, the district of Weilheim-Schongau applied to participate in the "Host Town Program" two years ago and was approved at the beginning of last year. A delegation from Cuba with 19 athletes and their coaches as well as two assistants from Berlin will be picked up from the airport in Munich on Sunday, June 11, and taken to the Langau educational and recreational center near Steingaden, where they will live during their stay.
The program of the guests, which begins with a welcome by the primary school Altenstadt, includes sports in the morning: yoga in the Langau, a basketball tournament with athletes from TSV Peißenberg and climbing in the climbing hall of the Alpine Club in Weilheim.
Excursions are planned for the afternoon: a raft trip on the Lech, a trip with the covered wagon to the Wieskirche and archery in Herzogsägmühle. Monday evening will be organized by the Trachtenverein Hohenfurch.
Sign up for the BBQ
A highlight will be the barbecue evening on Tuesday, June 13, at Lake Dietlhof with musical accompaniment by "Zwoaralloa", where the "DanceAbility", the "Klangfabrik" and the Rock'n'Roll club Peiting as well as Feuerspucker will perform from 18 p.m. On Wednesday evening there will be a Bavarian folk dance party for the guests before they fly to Berlin the next day to play. If you want to come to the barbecue at Lake Dietlhof, please register as soon as possible by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of bad weather, another venue will be notified at short notice. The district office also points out that the parking situation at the lake can be tense when the weather is nice.
In order for visitors who do not speak Spanish to be able to talk to the guests, volunteer interpreters will be present, according to the district's representative for the disabled, Katharina Droms, who is responsible for the organization.