The International Paralympic Committee is an important partner of the United Through Sports initiative.
Hundreds of youngsters from around the world joined the final competition. They needed to film themselves performing an exercise routine of their choice for 60 seconds maximum. Then they needed to spend 45 seconds to the camera explaining their motivation to participate in the challenge and what world leaders need to do to create a more accessible and inclusive future for all people.
IPC President Andrew Parsons was the opening speaker for the Festival and the IPC, and participated in different Panels over the 5-day Conference. Furthermore, the I’mPOSSIBLE workshop held on 19 November saw over 2,000 participants from around the world learning about the Paralympic Movement and the Paralympic values.
The Finals of the IPC Inclusive Sports Challenge really took the world by heart when the top 5 athletes in the Under 12 and Under 18 Categories were announced.
The gold medal in the Under 12 division went to Harmonie-Rose Allen from the UK who showed us what inclusion and equality is all about. She is an amazing athlete and we are sure that we will hear much more from her in the future.
Silver went to Sid Mathues from Belgium and bronze to Luiz Henrique Santiago from Brazil.
In the Under 18, the gold went to Ana Fabian Gutierreze Silva from Peru who’s energy and “never fold” mentality and her perseverance and motivation to train even harder during these challenging times of the pandemic took the hearts of the judges. Her message to the world leaders included inspiring quotes such as “obstacles exist to make us stronger”, “behind barriers there is always unimaginable success” and “open that window obstructed by indifference for the non-appreciation of people. Together we will find equality through sport.” We salute you Ana! Congratulations on your well deserved medal and we look forward to more inspiring stories from you.
Silver went to Arian Notretu from Romania and bronze to Mariana Roja Garcias from Mexico.
AIMS, United Through Sports and the over 100 participating organizations would like to congratulate all the IPC finalists and the IPC. We thank you for being part and giving us these unforgettable moments.