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Generation Y, learn about the first European skiing competition specifically for disabled youngsters, funded by our Preparatory Actions in the field of sport

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Generation Y, learn about the first European skiing competition specifically for disabled youngsters, funded by our Preparatory Actions in the field of sport

  • Start date : 15/03/2013 14:33:24
  • Author : video

Putting on an event like this does not come cheap. The equipment is very specialised, so the organiser Matthias Guett has been helped by the “European paralympic snow sport youth circuit“ project under the 2012 call for proposals.

 

At La Molina, in the Spanish Pyrenees, they have had the very first European skiing competition specifically for disabled youngsters under 18. Among the 17 competitors from five countries, the youngest was Tadej a 10 years old blind boy. Without his guide Dragana Sterdjevic he could not ski; she is 26 and a former Slovenian swimming champion who has decided to train disabled youngsters.

Putting on an event like this does not come cheap. The equipment is very specialised, so the organiser Matthias Guett has been helped by the “European paralympic snow sport youth circuit“ project under the 2012 call for proposals.

“The aim of the Paralympic movement, both the International Paralympic Committee and European Paralympic Committee is elite sports for people with impairment, so there is also the aim to take these youngsters, to help them to (get) support (from) coaches and to be maybe the next champions,” he explained. “In our movement we really concentrate about abilities – 'Yes you can’.

”Things have evolved since the first Paralympics in 1960, disabled skiers are still best catered for in Austria; other countries still have some way to go.

Matthias Guett said: “It’s very important that the wider public and the resorts understand about the needs of people with an impairment so they have everything fully accessible and it starts from the ski lift down to the restaurant and accessible toilets.

”This is just the beginning, by March 2014 these youngsters will have met again in four different countries for more competitions and once more they will forget their disabilities.