A crowded Luna Park venue in Buenos Aires was filled with people cheering for the para-athletes competing during Argentina’s Paralympic Day on 27 September. The day ended with a live band playing and people dancing along to the music.
It was the Argentine Paralympic Committee’s (COPAR) second Paralympic Day, which was free for the public and saw at least a thousand more spectators, as well as more sports, this year. In 2014, the event brought almost 2,500 spectators who had the opportunity to watch live para-sports. This time around, people got to experience sports after being invited to play. The sports included judo, which also featured able-bodied athletes; fencing; wheelchair basketball; wheelchair rugby; wheelchair tennis and football 5 a-side.
The next Paralympic Day is expected to be bigger, as COPAR expects to grow in many aspects, such as followers and stakeholders, and also attract new athletes to the Paralympic Movement in Argentina.
Since December 2014, COPAR has celebrated the National Paralympic Day in the music and sport stadium following the signing of an agreement with their authorities. COPAR aim to spread para-sports throughout the Argentinean society.