The Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) has opened registration for public and private schools to visit the national Paralympic Centre and experience the fourth Youth Parapan American Games, set to take place in the city of Sao Paulo between 20-25 March.
All interested educational institutions must send an email to [email protected], stating number of students, and the date and time they wish to attend the Games.
The visits are available for free. Visitors will be guided through the facilities and will be told the story of each of the Paralympic sports. Groups will be divided into hours, but students can stay longer to watch the Youth Parapans if they want to.
Each school will only have to provide transportation to the Brazilian Paralympic Centre, located at Rodovia dos Imigrantes.
Around 1,000 athletes, aged 12-20 years old, from 20 countries are expected to participate in Sao Paulo, with 12 sports being contested: athletics, boccia, football 5, football 7, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
The last edition of the Youth Parapan Ams was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October 2013 attracting more than 600 athletes from 16 countries competing across 10 sports. Brazil topped the medals table and 15 countries reached the podium at least once.
Barquisimeto, Venezuela, staged the inaugural edition in 2005, with athletes from 10 countries competing, whilst a total of 14 countries attended the event in Bogota, Colombia, in 2009.
For more information, visit Sao Paulo 2017’s website (in Portuguese).