Special Olympics Belgium and Paralympics athlete, Tamara Medarts, and Special Olympics Belgium basketball coach, Valerie Geluykens, have been working as a unified duo since 2015. Tamara started playing basketball at eight years old after a shoulder injury prevented her from continuing to swim.
Valerie started playing basketball when she was 18 and joined Special Olympics ten years ago. Tamara and Valerie played on the same Unified team for seven years and eventually, she trained Tamara to get her qualifications as a coach. They now work together in coaching a Young Unified Team for Special Olympics Belgium.
This year, their focus is on #FacesofBasketball and the basketball events that are happening in countries before or during European Basketball Week. For those who cannot attend in-person events, Tamara and Valerie are among the Special Olympics athletes and coaches who have created training videos to help athletes improve their skills from home. You can find them here in the Faces of Basketball Locker Room! Special Olympics programmes who can host events are encouraged to upload all basketball events to the Faces of Basketball platform!