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Athletes are the heart of the Paralympic Movement. Proud Paralympian is an athlete education programme for Paralympians and Para athletes who aspire to compete at the Paralympic Games.



Relaunched at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, it aims to inspire and educate athletes to be the best they can be, both on and off the field of play.

Para athletes can take part in workshops and activities at competitions and events that can help them to achieve their best.

Proud Paralympian topics include the Paralympic Movement, athlete health and wellbeing, ethics, human rights and working with the media.

Athletes can get involved with Proud Paralympian activities at Paralympic Games, youth Regional Games, youth World Championships and athlete forums/conferences.

Paralympians are trained as Proud Paralympian leaders to deliver workshops and activities to reach out to Para athletes.


Know the Paralympic values and foundation of the Movement.
Respect your body and its limits.
Have an exit strategy from sport towards a career.
Know your rights as an athlete and citizen.

Always give your best on and off the field of play.
Say no to doping.
Respect the rules, opponents and fans.
Be a role model.
Take part in athlete elections; get involved in running your sport

Be skilled in social and traditional media.
Find ways to talk about your experiences and share your knowledge with others.