Paralympic School Day Returns to Spain

La Molina, Spain, kicked off its second Paralympic School Day last week with 100 eager children participating in the educational programme. Organized by La Molina, this is the fourth Paralympic School Day to take place in Spain this year. 12 Dec 2009 By IPC

Children with and without a disability challenged their own abilities in various Paralympic sports, including Alpine Skiing, Wheelchair Curling, Ice Sledge Hockey, Goalball, Football 7-a-Side, Football 5-a-Side, Table Tennis, as well as an obstacle course. Chairperson of the IPC Alpine Skiing Sport Technical Committee, Sylvana Mestre, said the children experienced the emotion of each Paralympic Sport, and that they would have an opportunity to be a part of a major event in the future.

“Through a drawing contest, six children will be selected to hand out the trophies at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup,” Mestre said. “In addition, all participating children will have the chance to visit the competitions and talk to athletes.”

The 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup will take place in La Molina, Spain, from 11-16 January 2009, and the Paralympic School Day essentially creates a continued atmosphere of learning that will culminate next month. Mestre said that the cultural programme will continue with a cycle of lectures starting on 3 January.

Topics to be focused on include Normalisation of Adapted Sport, Presentation of the Adapted Sport Centre La Molina, The Disability, the Leisure and the Family Environment, Adapted Sport and the School as well as Adapted Sport and the Media.

The Paralympic School Day (PSD) is an educational programme initiated by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), with the aim of creating awareness and understanding in schools about people with a disability. The PSD is a set of activities that educate youth about Paralympic Sport, individual differences and disability issues in a fun and playful environment. These activities can be organized during a normal school day and target an audience of young students, ages 6-15.

The PSD in La Molina has the support of the Catalan Sports Federation for Physically Disabled, the Catalan Winter Sport Federation, the Catalan Sport Council, the Spanish National Paralympic Committee, the local authorities of Alp and La Molina, as well as other supporters.