The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Kenya will welcome members of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sport Science Committee in Nairobi, Kenya, from 10-15 May.
Over the course of the first three days, the Sport Science Committee will stage its annual meeting and will discuss various topics, including IPC research strategies and knowledge dissemination, potential research projects at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the final scientific programme for the VISTA Conference, which will take place from 31 August to 3 September in Bonn, Germany.
The VISTA Conference provides a platform for sport scientists to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with a disability. VISTA 2011, the fifth edition of the conference, is set to be the premier gathering of scientists, coaches, athletes, officials and administrators to exchange scientific knowledge and expertise and promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction in Paralympic Sport. Details are available from www.paralympic.org/events.
Immediately after the committee meeting, the Sport Science Committee members will contribute to a science dissemination workshop organized by NPC Kenya. Taking place at the Kenyatta University, the three day workshop themed “Enhancing Paralympic Sport through Science and Technology” aims at educating Kenyan students, athletes and coaches, and NPC administrators from the region on the role of sport science in sport for people with a disability.
Peter Bukhala, IPC Sport Science Committee member and organizer of the workshop said: “I am delighted that the members of the IPC Sport Science Committee accepted our invitation to come to Kenya and take part in this workshop.
“The workshop is an initiative that will help to further develop the understanding for sport for people with a disability here in Kenya and the Great Lakes region.”
The Sports Science Committee is an IPC Standing Committee established to provide expert advice to the IPC on issues related to sport science.