Special Olympics World Games- Kayaking

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Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach, one of several southern California venues hosting the SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES.

We’re invited fill all of the stands now until August 2nd and cheer the amazing athletes who define Joy, Courage and Determination. It’s time to Reach Up LA!

Today, Gayle was live in Long Beach at Marine Stadium for the Kayaking Competition. Every athlete aims to travel through a specific water distance paddling either on his/ her own or in pairs of two (2), achieving the best possible time. Special Olympics Kayaking is a flat-water racing event. Kayaking is one of the NEWEST Special Olympics sports. It requires fundamental abilities in order to be safe and successful.

Associations/Federations/Supporters: International Canoe Federation

Events for Competition
KT 200M Race Singles Tourist
KT 200M Race Doubles Tourist
KT 200M Race Unified Doubles Tourist

KT 500M Race Singles Tourist
KT 500M Race Doubles Tourist
KT 500M Race Unified Doubles Tourist

Differences of Special Olympics Kayaking: Special Olympics Kayaking uses touristic-type boats, while in International Canoe Federation races, athletes use professional boats. The touristic boats are more stable than professional flat-water racing kayaks. Additionally, Special Olympics requires all athletes to pass a swimming test before races and requires that all Special Olympics athletes wear a lifejacket during race . Competitions at Special Olympics have preliminary and final round races, while the International Canoe Federation has heats, semifinals, and final rounds.

Marine Stadium is one of the world’s premier water skiing facilities, sand beach, rest rooms, picknicking and ample parking.  A great location to rent for a special events.


Venue Facts

  • The stadium was the site for the 1932 Olympic Rowing competition and 1968 Olympic Rowing trials.
  • Marine Stadium was recently designated as an official state historic site.

Useful Information

  • Spectator Entry Point: From the Marine Stadium parking lot off of Paoli Way. Entrance(s) are marked by “X” on the Spectator Maps.
  • No shading is provided in the bleachers.
  • Marine Stadium is easily accessible by public transportation.
  • All sport competitions are free and open to the public to attend.

Accessibility/ADA Information

  • All venues, unless noted, are ADA Accessible (bathrooms, parking, ramps, etc.).

To follow the daily activities and competitions, check the detailed website:

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Schedule

Also, there are Special Olympics World Games Festivals and Entertainment. The competitions hosted during the nine days of competition July 25-August 2, 2015 are only one aspect of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Much of the action and excitement outside the arenas and competition fields will occur in the two World Games Festivals hosted on the campuses of UCLA (Wilson Plaza) and USC (Alumni Park). Athletes, family members and spectators converge in these festive environments for interactive and entertaining events that include live musical performances, cultural education and demonstrations, interactive technology and gaming, sponsor activations, great food and family-friendly activities. Enthusiastic fans will meet Special Olympics athletes from an array of cultural and sporting backgrounds while also participating in fan engagement opportunities that send messages of support and encouragement to the competing athletes. Art installations and activities as diverse as the cultural landscape of Los Angeles insure that there is something for everyone. The festivals are free and open to the public daily, though some evening events may be at a limited capacity due to space restrictions.

For the complete list, of today’s festivities, please check the website.

Gayle also has information about the Special Needs Network Inc. Resource Guide: Special Needs Edition. The FREE guide was produced in conjunction with Toyota and KJLH Radio, 102.3FM.

Special Needs Network Inc. is an organization co-founded by Attorney Areva Martin, one of two mothers forced to cope with the challenges they faced after their two sons were diagnosed with Autism.

For more information about the Special Needs Network, Inc Resource Guide:

Special Needs Network, Inc / Together
3530 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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