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To do good, bring joy and be of use

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Sergey Bykovsky is telling about how floorball and Special Olympics came into his life

“Floorball is like hockey. I liked it because you don’t need skates for this. I like hockey, but I am not good at skating,” smilingly told Sergey Bykovsky, one of the first Russian coaches who started training the athletes with developmental disabilities. Over 20 years ago he got a driver’s job at the special children’s home No. 70 in Moscow and sometime later recalled his sports background and started teaching physical culture.

“From the childhood badminton has been my cup of tea, I am a master of sports. I finished my sports career at 18, then army, home, family, came to the children’s home as a driver and after I saw the way children play badminton and showed them a couple of movements. Since then I have been working with them,” shared Sergey.

Floorball came into Sergey’s life later. Once he caught the training of one of the Moscow teams, watched it again and asked some guidelines from the coach to get a better knowledge of an unknown sport.

“I got interested in floorball and started learning and then step by step training the children. Many of my students began their sports path when were little and now they are fully-fledged players. Soon I got to know that this sport is in the Olympics program. At the first competitions our team was a “dark horse”. Nobody knew us, we had poor technique, but were physically strong. And we took the first place – surpassed the opponent with good “physics”,” says Bykovsky.

Short time will go by and his trainees will enhance techniques, get stronger in tactics and will be successfully performing at various international competitions, including Special Olympics.

“We have been doing floorball for over 10 years and in the beginning could make 2-3 teams maximum. Today we can hold the competitions in Moscow with 6-7 men’s and 3-4 women’s teams. With this you can tell yourself whether floorball gained more popularity among the children,” noted Sergey Bykovsky.

According to him, sport and Special Olympics movement helps the children not only keep fit, but find their place in life and get more confident.

“Guys from the children’s home are often left to themselves. They are not used to this, and in this situation, unfortunately, find it easy to follow the wrong road. While here, at the trainings they are taken care of, are not left to fend for themselves. The children are motivated to do sport, go to the competitions. They are happy about taking part in any events,” explains Bykovsky. “What I like in my job? To do good, bring joy and be of use that they gain through sport,” says the coach.

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