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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

Mexican blogger takes initiative

ChangeMakers: Efren Andres Galvan Rangel decided to establish his own website and Facebook page to keep Mexicans informed about para-sport in their own language. 31 Mar 2014
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Amalia Perez is one of the most prolific Mexican Paralympians, with a gold medal from London 2012 and Beijing 2008.

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By Efren Andres Galvan Rangel

I have invested time in my web site and my social network to let people know about the Paralympic Movement and it is so heart-warming for me that in this moment the Facebook page has 3,000 followers.

Five years ago I began to be involved in para-sport when I started to compete in and help with sport for the visually impaired. It was amazing. It was like a new world, amazing people, and amazing coaches that are all my friends now.

The problem came when I tried to find some information about para-sport in my country and in Latin America. There are a lot of web sites in English with news of all around the world but few sites with articles and history about our region, country and in our language.

www.deporteparalimpico.net began like a small blog. After that I looked for a domain, and created this web site that in this moment is a reference for people looking for results, competitions and news about para-sport in Mexico and South America.

I covered some events in my country always with my own resources, because I do not have any sponsors and I am not a professional journalist.

I have invested time in my web site and my social network to let people know about the Paralympic Movement and it is so heart-warming for me that in this moment the Facebook page has 3,000 followers.

I am looking to develop the sport and give more information to athletes and coaches.

I dream that in the future I will be part of the international Paralympic Movement, because I love it.

To mark the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the development arm of the IPC, the Agitos Foundation, is publishing stories where sport has helped to change lives or societies as part of the ChangeMakers campaign.

From 30 March until 13 April, stories will be posted on Paralympic.org and on the Agitos Foundation’s newly launched Facebook and Twitter pages.

Like or follow them to keep up to date with the latest news on the development of para-sport.