Dragon boating in Ottawa to sensory packs in Seville

Dragon boats in the water

July is here, and to start the month with some feel-good factor, here is a collection of recent stories from the world of autism and sport.

Dragon boats

Ausome Ottawa is a sports and recreation charity for autistic children and recently entered a team in the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, which helped improve teamwork and social skills.

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Found the power

The sport of powerlifting has given Justin Fanshier a purpose – and he has made it count by winning three gold medals at a Special Olympics event in Colorado, USA, and gaining the confidence to perform in front of crowds.

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Sensory kits

La Liga football team from Seville, Real Betis, will be supplying sensory kits for autistic fans to enjoy the matchday experience. The kits are free and include a variety of things that will reduce anxiety, and will be introduced properly in the 2022/23 season after a successful trial in a Spanish top division game.

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Rugby expert

After watching the Rugby World Cup in 2019, Angus Eaton developed a special interest for rugby and has been researching as much as he can about the sport as far back as 1995, as well as watching as many live games as possible. He recently had a playing experience as well with the Ballito Dolphins Rugby Club in South Africa.

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