ParaGamesBreda to Open in the Netherlands

05 Oct 2011 By IPC

The ParaGamesBreda will open on Thursday (6 October) in Breda, the Netherlands, attracting 3,000 athletes from 40 countries across 20 different sports.

The four-day event will commence with a flag parade in Van Cooth Square in Breda, and will end in the Grand Place with a spectacular opening ceremony.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has officially certified the ParaGamesBreda for the first time ever.

Five top Dutch athletes are serving as ambassadors for the Games, including Johan Reekers (Para-Cycling), Kelly Sun (Para-Table Tennis), Agmaja Kolman (Rowing), Mirjam de Koning-Peper (Swimming) and Jack van Oosterhout (Showdown).

Reekers is a seven-time Paralympic, having competed in both Para-Cycling and Sitting Volleyball, while de Koning-Peper won two golds and two silvers at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.