We are continuing our work in supporting and enabling para-athletes in developing nations and we thought you might like a quick update on some of our recent activity and how we have been working together with the IPC, to get kit directly to where it is needed.
During mid/ late 2018 there was both a training course in Ecuador and in Ethiopia, with five and fourteen National Paralympic Committees present respectively.
The training course in Ecuador gathered 61 athletes, coaches and staff from Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru. They participated in activities over three days, which included theoretical and practical modules with Alonso Minas Garcias and William David Jimenez Nino from NPC Colombia as part of the En sus marcas, listos… Inclusion project of the Agitos Foundation.
In the mornings, 15 of the athletes also joined Proud Paralympian sessions. The morning workshops were coordinated by Proud Paralympian leader Ariel Quasi, Para swimmer from Argentina. The athletes learned about the Paralympic Movement, ethics and fair play, athletes’ health & well-being and dual-career strategy.
Colombian athlete Juan Esteban Botero Tobon said: “The course was very good, as I have learned many new things. What I liked the most was meeting people from other countries.”
“The workshop was excellent. It was wonderful to work with persons with disabilities. Never before I was so close to them in such a way, and I am learning a lot. The organisation was very good,” said Magoury Valeria Cahuenas Jacome, a voluntary Public Relations professional from NPC Ecuador.
The training courses were part of the project En sus marcas, listos… inclusion created by the Agitos Foundation in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC-Colombia) and the Colombian Administrative Department of Sport, Recreation, Physical Activity an Effective use of Leisure Time (Coldeportes).
The project seeks to strengthen the National Paralympic structures to facilitate access of people with an impairment to sports, with the ultimate consequence of promoting social and economic inclusion in the five participant countries.
Proud Paralympian is a programme created for Paralympians and Para athletes who aspire to compete at the Paralympic Games. It aims to inspire and educate athletes to achieve their best on and off the field of play.
A similar training course was held in Ethiopia, involving para-athletes and coaches from Ethiopia: Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Democratic Republic Congo, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda.
Kit Us Out has helped athletes and National Committees with kit in those countries that attended both course, in order to support the people involved in para-sports and also in order to level the playing field between athletes from developed and developing nations. We want to say a huge thanks to the IPC and Agitos Foundation teams at both training courses for helping us get our kit to those that would benefit from it the most.
Our work is dependent on the support and generosity we receive from volunteers, donors and organisations. We are grateful for all contributions and help in order to help para-athletes and para-sports to grow and flourish and to deliver on the wider charity aims. We couldn’t do it with you. You can find out more about some of the people that make our work possible here.