‘Prejudiced’ Mindset A Main Fear, Feels Finnish Athlete Julia Fonsén


Female basketball player jumping and throwing a basketball

Whereas Julia Fonsén has excelled in soccer, she is equally good at basketball (photograph) and floorball. © SO Finland

Photograph by Toivo Laiho

The ‘prejudiced’ mindset of the folks in direction of individuals with mental incapacity (ID) wants to vary, asserts Julia Fonsén, the primary Finnish athlete with ID to be appointed as assistant group chief for Berlin 2023.

“Crucial factor is to have the ability to do away with prejudices. We want extra consciousness of individuals with ID and the simplest strategy to increase consciousness is to let individuals with ID converse for themselves,’’ stated the 26-year-old, who additionally feels {that a} lack of know-how and acceptance throughout the society was hampering job prospects for folks with ID.

“What I’ve skilled is, it has been troublesome to get a job due to the prejudices in direction of individuals with ID and that should change,” defined Fonsén, who has represented Finland in soccer on the European Video games in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2014, and the Particular Olympics World Video games in Los Angeles, USA, in 2015 and Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2019.

Fonsén, who works three days per week as a care assistant within the Pellavakoti dementia unit of the Viola house affiliation, nevertheless, attributes her accomplishments to sports activities and feels it is a perfect medium to make themselves heard.

“Getting a prognosis for ID has made it attainable to take part in Particular Olympics which has introduced loads of good issues to my life, together with many buddies around the globe. I’ve been capable of take part in sports activities each as an athlete and as consultant of athletes in varied roles,” stated Fonsén.

Although she acknowledges the Finnish authorities’s efforts to get them built-in into the mainstream, in the identical breath provides, “Issues have been enhancing however there’s nonetheless a lot of work to be finished for certain.”

What units Fonsén aside from the remaining is her will to maintain pushing her limits. She has not solely excelled in soccer however is equally good at basketball and floorball. Alongside together with her goalkeeping duties with the fourth division membership Tampereen Ilves in floorball, Fonsén additionally serves as an assistant coach in her native Unified basketball group Tampereen Pyrintö and continues to volunteer in Yaril sport occasions.

Her versatile portfolios haven’t solely helped her develop but additionally elevated her obligations to work for the betterment of fellow athletes.

Headshot of red-haired woman wearing blue Special Olympics Finland jacket

Julia Fonsén will probably be assistant group chief for the Finnish delegation at Berlin 2023. © SO Finland

Photograph by Levi Vepsä/Levi Vepsä

Fonsén is already excited concerning the prospect of being the assistant group chief on the forthcoming World Video games and feels her huge expertise would do a world of fine for the Finnish squad in Berlin.

“I believed it (assistant group chief) would give me a brand new sort of perspective after beforehand collaborating within the Video games as an athlete.

“I’m assured I can supply some very important tips about the premise of my earlier stints, particularly to these athletes who will probably be making their debut,” stated an upbeat Fonsén, who can be wanting ahead to assembly different athletes, coaches and group leaders.

“There will probably be a lot to be taught and share at an occasion just like the Particular Olympics World Video games. I’m wanting ahead to all that. Being collectively and sharing all of the experiences and hopefully, collectively we are able to guarantee a profitable occasion in Berlin.”


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