A small British charity founded at the London 2012 Paralympic Games will be providing over 1,000 items of kit to Paralympians from developing nations in time for the Rio Paralympic Games, which start in just over a fortnight. Kit Us Out, which also supported Para Athletes at the Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014, will be donating everything from swimming trunks to running spikes to competitors from countries including Ghana, Laos, Namibia and El Salvador.
Kit Us Out is delighted to be supporting the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) during the Rio Paralympic Games. We will be based in Rio for the duration of the Games working directly with relevant athletes and coaches who need our support. In the run up to the Games we have already been working with athletes from across the globe (including Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Laos, Mongolia, Liberia, Nicaragua, Namibia, Cuba, El Salvador and others) to highlight and source key kit and equipment.
At present we have pulled together over 1,000 items, from swimming trucks to sprint spikes and running kits to powerlifting suits. Our founder will be bringing these and additional items out to Rio for the start of the Games of the 7th September. British Airways has kindly agreed to transport this kit out there for us.
We have also put funding place to enable the purchase of kit for when we are on the ground in Rio, to help ensure we are able to meet any additional needs for athletes on their arrival.
At Kit Us Out we strongly believe that funding for basic kit should never be a barrier to success and we have seen over recent years the real impact that correct kit and equipment can make to an athlete.
Although it is deeply concerning to see the issue around funding for the Rio Paralympic Games, the IPC is doing a fantastic job to help ensure the Games are a success and we will be doing all we can to support them and the athletes attending the Rio Games through the provision of kit.
I am very proud that we are working with the IPC and I feel deeply honored that through the kind generosity of the public we are in a position to support Para athletes from developing nations in the run up to and during the Paralympics.
We are a very small charity, but thanks to the amazing support of the media and public we are able to continue towards our goal of leveling the playing field in Para sport.
Alex Mitchell, Founder, Kit Us Out.
As we have seen, there is sadly a very serious funding issue regarding the Rio Paralympic Games, this makes the work of Kit Us Out even more important to ensure that those athletes from developing nations that make the Games have the right kit and equipment to help ensure they are able to take part and perform at their very best.