World Para Powerlifting Official Partner Kit Us Out has launched a new campaign and a series of initiatives, including a website for donations, aiming at increasing their reach and making the greatest impact possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kit Us Out has been an Official Partner of World Para Powerlifting since 2015, assisting in providing athletes and coaches from developing nations their lifting and tracksuits so they can perform their best.
Athletes from over 30 countries have benefited from the partnership across multiple events, including the Paralympic Games and last year’s World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Venezuela’s Oriana Teran is one of the athletes who received lifting suits to compete at Nur-Sultan 2019 through the project with Kit Us Out.
“For me, my kit represents something unique, that identifies me as someone brave and focused,” Teran said. “It is not easy to wear suit, as in order to do it you dedicate many hours of training, stay away from family, among other things. That is why my kit is my most precious gift.”
The 20-year-old had an unforgettable experience at her World Championships debut as she received her kit from Egypt’s three-time Paralympic champion Sherif Osman.
“When I got my uniform from Sherif Osman, I felt like I was receiving also part of his energy to help me through my career. It was a honour and one of the greatest experiences I’ve had,” added the South American powerlifter.
Now, Kit Us Out has launched a campaign called #ItStarsWithKit so others can share their experiences about how a piece of kit helped them to find their confidence, feel part of a team or achieve their earliest sporting aspirations, as it did to Oriana Teran.
Supporters are also invited to donate 5 British pounds, or any amount, to help reach a target of 5,000 British pounds to equip athletes and Para athletes globally during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can donate through this link.
Kit Us Out was created eight years ago in Great Britain with big ambitions to level the playing field in sport, distributing unused, professional sports kits to provide aspiring athletes with more opportunities to enjoy sport and compete fairly.
For more information about Kit Us Out’s projects, visit https://kitusout.org/.