“This lifting suit represents a lot to me, as since we started Para sport in Benin he had never had something like this. I would like to thank Kit Us Out as this is something incredible for me and my country.”
Charity equipment supplier and World Para Powerlifting partner Kit us Out supported the powerlifting athletes taking part in an Agitos Foundation Training Camp powered by Worldwide Paralympic Partner Toyota which took place in Mexico City, between 25 and 28 November, by donating lifting suits in the lead-up to the World Championships.
Armenia´s Greta Vardanyan, Benin´s Gbodja Agossou Cosme Akpovi, Congo´s Fifi Loukoula-Loulendo, Guatemala´s Manuel Oswaldo Jaime de Paz, Tajikistan´s Bakhtiyor Donayorov and Aruba´s Gregory Raymond Chong were the beneficiaries.
“I am very happy to receive the kit, and also surprised as I was not expecting it. I absolutely love it, as it has the colours of my country and will be great to compete with it. I want to thank Kit Us Out for this,” said Loulendo.
Akpovi added: “This lifting suit represents a lot to me, as since we started Para sport in Benin he had never had something like this. I would like to thank Kit Us Out as this is something incredible for me and my country.”
Kit us Out had already provided lifting suits to 16 athletes from Cuba, El Salvador, Ghana, Indonesia, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Philippines and Togo ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
It is part of a strategy to assist developing nations in powerlifting.
“We believe kit should never be a barrier to any athlete success,” said Kit us Out founder Alex Mitchell. “That´s why we work with Para athletes from developing nations across the globe, providing them with competition equipment, enabling athletes to perform at their very best.”
World Para Powerlifting Development Manager Sam Munkley said: “We want to give developing nations the necessary tools for them to have the means to develop the sport and become competitive on the international stage.
“We are thrilled to be working with Kit us Out, with whom we agree that the success of an athlete should depend on their ability and hard work.”