More than 80 delegates from 35 countries this week (21-22 May) attended the World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboard sport forum in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, organised in conjunction with the country’s National Paralympic Committee (NPC).
During two days of meetings delegates had the opportunity to discuss and share ideas for the further development of both sports, update the rules and regulations and look at ways to improve each sport’s relevant competition schedules. Both sports also gave feedback on recommendations put forward by those in attendance.
A number of presentations also took place during the course of the forum.
Updates were given on planning and preparations for the PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games by relevant members of the Organising Committees.
Post-event reviews were also provided by the Organising Committees of the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships which were held in Tarvisio, Italy, and the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships that were staged in Big White, Canada.
Finally, the Organising Committee of the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Obersaxen, Switzerland, presented to the nations their vision for the event and update on preparations.
Dimitrije Lazarovski, Head of World Para Snow Sports, said: “The sport forum for both alpine skiing and snowboard provided an ideal opportunity for everyone to have their say on the current state of both sports and what measures can be taken to take things forward.
“In recent years both sports have enjoyed great progress and whilst planning for the future it is essential to hear from the sports community and listen to their thoughts for what is working well and what improvements can be made.
“After successful World Championships earlier this year, the presentations from both Tarvisio and Big White were well received and some key learning points will be taken forward to the next major Championships. I’d like to place on record my thanks to both Organising Committees for doing such a great job.
“The presentations from both PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 also raised the excitement levels for what I am sure will be excellent Paralympic Winter Games in the years to come.
“On behalf of both sports and all those who attended I would like to thank NPC Slovenia for their great organisation of the event and their wonderful hospitality.”
The sport forum concluded with a short excursion to Sport Centre Planica where the delegates visited newly built indoor and outdoor training facilities for Nordic skiing and ski jumping.