Sport et Citoyenneté

The European Paralympic Committee (EPC) today announced to their members thatthey will be holding a special reception on 5th September 2012 to showcase theoutcomes of the EPC Youth Games 2012 during the Paralympic Games in London.

Between 20th – 24th June 2012 Brno, Czech Republic hosted the first EuropeanParalympic Committee Youth Games, which saw 350 participants from 14 countriestake part in ranging from established sports such as Swimming, Athletics and TableTennis through to breakthrough disciplines such as RaceRunning.

The event, funded by the European Commission and supported by the Emil Foundation provided athletes witha disability aged between 14-20 with the opportunity to compete in their sport of choice in a four day, multilevel programme which made room for participation alongside competition. Sports featured during the EPC Youth Games 2012 included Swimming, Athletics, Boccia, Table Tennis,RaceRunning, Sailing and Wheelchair Rugby. Alongside competition, the programme included educationalworkshops and seminars for the athletes to attend, covering topics such as Media Training and providinginsights into the world of professional athletics with speakers including Paralympic Hall of Fame inductee Connie Hansen.

EPC President John Petersson described the games as being the foundations from which the organisation couldbuild on. “The EPC Youth Games have provided us with momentum, a focal point from which the EPC can workto impact on our main objectives of improving the lives of young people with a disability throughout Europe byproviding them with the opportunity to take part, to compete, to showcase their abilities, to socialise, to havefun. We’re delighted we can be in London and look forward to sharing the success of the Youth Games witheverybody.

In this Olympic and Paralympic year a real sense of excitement was created by the announcement of the ‘Bestof the Best’ competition which will see the EPC selected best male and female athletes from the EPC YouthGames 2012 attending the Paralympic Games in London at the start of September. National delegations willselect one member of their team to be considered for the prize with the EPC expected to announce theirdecision in the coming weeks.

The event itself was officially closed at the closing ceremony in the Main Square of Brno, however at a timewhen Paralympic sport is more visible than ever the work for the EPC begins now to capitalise on themomentum created by this event and provides the disability sports sector with the opportunity to worktogether to positively impact on the lives of young people throughout Europe. The EPC reception will be held at the Austrian House, based at Trinity House, Tower Hill on the 5th September,starting at 16.00 and will include addresses from the EPC President, the presentation of the Best of the BestAthletes and a showcasing of the EPC Youth Games 2012 event.

Press contact :Matthias Guett

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