Vista 2015 - "Securing the future for young para-athletes"
Ben Tudhope, just 14 years old, finished in 10th place in the men's snowboard cross competition at Sochi 2014.© • Getty Images
The stunning Spanish city of Girona hosted the seventh VISTA conference from 7-10 October 2015. The theme of the conference was "Securing the future for young para-athletes".
The VISTA conference, organised by Play & Train, is designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC and provides a platform for sport scientists to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with an impairment. Due to a need for greater opportunities to discuss and exchange knowledge, the VISTA Conference has become an important international event for elite sport for athletes with an impairment.
• To provide a forum for exchange on current information, research and expertise related to Paralympic Sport and the Paralympic Movement.
• To enhance and promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction among sport scientists, coaches, athletes and sport administrators.
The target groups of conference include: sports scientists and researchers, classifiers, coaches/trainers, sports administrators and athletes
Theme and content
VISTA 2015 was organised around the theme “Securing the future for young para-athletes”.
The theme was discussed in keynote presentations, invited symposia and free communications and covered key issues such as determining Paralympic success, classification, athlete health, coach education and winter sports.
The 2015 event was organised by Play & Train whose mission is to offer people with disabilities and their families high quality programs of sports, training, culture and leisure time.