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Empowering Through Education: Train the End Users Education by the Croatian Paralympic Committee

In the pursuit of fostering inclusivity and empowerment within the realm of parasports, we at the Croatian Paralympic Committee embarked on an journey with their Train the End Users education. This initiative, conducted as part of the CSR for ParaSport project, aimed to equip individuals with disabilities with the knowledge and skills necessary to actively participate and engage in parasports. In December 2023, during the Recreational games held in Poreč, this program came to fruition, leaving a lasting impact on both participants and spectators alike.

The Train the End Users program was not just about teaching the basics of parasports; it was about instilling confidence, breaking barriers, and creating opportunities for those with disabilities to thrive. With the support of dedicated trainers and volunteers, individuals were provided with tailored guidance and resources to help them navigate the world of parasports with ease.

One of the key components of the program was its holistic approach towards education. Participants were educated on the importance of teamwork, resilience and perseverance. Through interactive videos and practical sessions, they learned to overcome obstacles and push beyond their limits, proving that determination knows no bounds.

The success of the Train the End Users program was further amplified by the Train the Trainer education that preceded it. Trainers were equipped with the knowledge and skills required to effectively support and guide individuals with disabilities, enabling them to serve as mentors and advocates for inclusive parasports participation.

The recreational games in Poreč served as the perfect platform to showcase the culmination of these efforts. Participants took to the field with newfound confidence and enthusiasm, challenging stereotypes and inspiring others with their sheer determination and passion for parasports. The spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship that permeated the event was a testament to the transformative power of initiatives like the Train the End Users program.

Beyond the confines of the games, the impact of this program continues to spark conversations and drive positive change. By breaking down barriers and promoting inclusivity, the Croatian Paralympic Committee has not only enriched the lives of individuals with disabilities but has also paved the way for a more inclusive and equitable society.

As we reflect on the journey of the Train the End Users program, we are reminded of the immense potential that lies within each and every individual, regardless of their abilities. Through education, empowerment, and unwavering support, we can create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and shine, both on and off the field.

Promoting Inclusion through Good Practice Video: The Impact of the Croatian Paralympic Committee’s Collaboration with Allianz d.d.

In a world where diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognized as crucial values, initiatives that promote the integration of people with disabilities into various facets of society stand out as beacons of progress. Recently, the Croatian Paralympic Committee, in collaboration with Allianz d.d., unveiled an informative video showcasing the importance of inclusion, not only in parasports but also within the private sector. This partnership exemplifies a commendable effort towards fostering a more inclusive society where individuals of all abilities are valued and given equal opportunities.

The video produced by the Croatian Paralympic Committee and Allianz d.d. serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of parasports and corporate collaboration in breaking down barriers and promoting understanding. Through compelling storytelling and heartfelt narrative, the video illustrates how this collaboration helps in developing a more sustainable and inclusive workplace for athletes with disabilities.

One of the most striking aspects of the video is its emphasis on the general inclusion of people with disabilities in parasports. By showcasing the determination and resilience of Paralympic athletes, the video not only celebrates their achievements but also challenges societal perceptions surrounding disability. It highlights the immense talent and athleticism present within the disabled community, shattering stereotypes and inspiring viewers to recognize the potential in every individual, regardless of their physical abilities.

Moreover, the video goes beyond the realm of sports to underscore the importance of inclusion in the private sector. Through interviews with an employee of Allianz d.d., the audience gains insight into the company’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment. By implementing projects and initiatives that accommodate children and adults with disabilities, Allianz d.d. sets a commendable example for other corporations, demonstrating that diversity and inclusion are not just moral imperatives but also strategic business decisions that lead to innovation and success.

The collaboration between the Croatian Paralympic Committee and Allianz d.d. exemplifies the power of partnership in driving social change. By leveraging their respective platforms and resources, they amplify the message of inclusion, reaching a wider audience and sparking meaningful conversations about disability rights and representation. Through initiatives like this video, they pave the way for a more inclusive society where people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunities to thrive and contribute.

Ultimately, that video serves as a poignant reminder that inclusion is not merely a buzzword but a fundamental principle that should underpin every aspect of society. Whether in parasports or the corporate world, embracing diversity and accommodating individuals of all abilities enriches our communities, fosters empathy, and paves the way for a more equitable future.

The video is available at this LINK.

’Citius, altius, fortius’ at the Paralympics – supported by the national lottery company

The Hungarian national lottery company, ’Szerencsejáték Zrt.’ (hereinafter: SZRT) and the Hungarian Paralympic Committee announced their latest collaboration on 28 August, 2023, exactly a year before the Paris Paralympics. Within the framework of the collab the national lottery company will support the Paralympian athletes’ preparations for Paris on the one hand, and on the other hand, during the Paralympics, the company will provide gambling opportunity for the domestic sports-loving public in terms of the Hungarian-related competitions. In the first phase of our cooperation, already in 2023, several of our athletes were able to receive their new, more modern sports equipment thanks to the support of SZRT.

Appropriate, high-quality sports equipment is an essential part of the preparation of our Paralympians, so there was no question that we had to help our athletes in this regards, as well, during the quota acquisition period. Thanks to the company’s support, in the last months of 2023 we were able to hand over new sports equipment to, among others, our paratriathlete Petra Lévay, our paracyclist Zsombor Wermeser, our wheelchair fencers Anna Nádasdy and Richard Osváth, our para dressage rider, Ildikó Fonyódi and the management of the Hungarian Taekwondo Association.

In addition to supporting the domestic parasports movement, SZRT also pays special attention to the daily lives of people with disabilities and to promoting their social integration: for 20 years now, it has been operating its lottery ticket sales network exclusively for employees with disabilities, and it pays special attention to the service of players with disabilities in its national network, and – with disabled children in mind – participates in the creation of inclusive playgrounds.

We would like to thank SZRT for their support and wish our athletes successful preparation for the competitions in the coming period.

K&H Bank supporting Hungarian Paralympic Team to break records in Paris

Less than 9 months to go until the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, where the Hungarian team might qualify in a record number of sports. K&H’s Move! Paralympic Scholarship Programme is also helping in the final period: the bank supports the dedicated work of a boccia player, a wheelchair fencer and a table tennis specialist this year.

Nine months to go until the XVII Summer Paralympic Games, where the Hungarian Paralympic Team is foreseen to break records. The summer games will see athletes compete in 22 sports, from that the Hungarian athletes are taking part in the qualification rounds for 17 individual sports. So far, the Hungarian Paralympic Team has secured 12 quotas in 7 sports, but the qualification period for several sports will last until the end of July. Therefore it is possible that someone will only find out if they have qualified for the games less than two months before the event.

’K&H has been supporting the Hungarian Paralympic Team for 17 years, so the 2024 Games in Paris will be the fifth time we have worked together to cheer on Hungarian excellence’, said Guy Libot, CEO of K&H Group.’These determined athletes are doing their outmost to be the best in Paris, and their commitment should be an example to all, whether in sport, professionally or personally. At K&H, we are committed to helping them with financial support so that they can prepare for their competitions as smoothly as possible. This year, we are also supporting a boccia athlete, a young wheelchair fencer and a table tennis specialist with our K&H Move! paralympic scholarship programme, with a gross amount of one million forints each.’

Since 2007, the K&H move! scholarship programme, including this year’s winners, has supported 34 para athletes and supporters with a total of 29 million forints. Six of the winners are already guaranteed to compete in Paris, and a further eleven have a good chance of qualifying.

’The Hungarian Paralympic Team is already preparing for next year’s Paralympic Games in Paris. Our goal is to achieve the best results of all time with the biggest team ever. Our team will include both experienced Paralympians and young hopefuls. The role of the professionals who will train them will be invaluable on the road to Paris. We are delighted that K&H Bank, which has been committed to our athletes and sports professionals for 17 years, continues to support parasport. Heartfelt congratulations to the award winners and on behalf of the Hungarian Paralympic Team, I would like to thank K&H Bank for its confidence in us’ – said László Szabó, President of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee.

The 2023 winners of the K&H Move! paralympic scholarship programme:

Adult category: Alexandra Szabó, boccia

The 23-year-old para athlete was introduced to boccia 10 years ago when she joined one of her classmates in a game. In recent years, she has excelled in numerous international competitions: in the current Paralympic cycle, she already has a total of 11 medals (5 singles, 6 doubles) from various world competitions. Her most notable successes include the European Championship title, which he won in Seville in 2021, and a silver medal in doubles. This year, they took second place in the Multisport Para European Championships in the individual event and fourth in the doubles event. She also won World Cup gold and silver medals in the individual in 2023, and in the team event, she and her teammates won the World Cup, two World Cup silver medals and finished fourth in the European Championships in the same period.

Hope category: Anna Nádasdy, wheelchair fencing

 Leukaemia attacked her body at a young age, which resulted in a shin prosthesis, but this has not hindered her from continuing fencing. The 18 year old athlete won a gold medal in the dagger and sword and a bronze medal in the duel at the U-23 World Championships last year. She defended his world titles at this year’s U23 World Championships, as well. Anna has also achieved significant success as a member of the adult wheelchair national team, winning gold with the women’s dagger team at last year’s Wheelchair Fencing World Cup and bronze at this year’s World Championships.

Helper category: Tímea Vígh, masseur of the para table tennis team

Tímea supports the Hungarian para table tennis players behind the scenes. The team’s masseuse focuses not only on the physical health of the athletes, but also on their mental well-being, with many Paralympians turning to her for help, when they are at training camps or international competitions. The specialist will certainly take part in the Paralympics in Paris, as the Hungarian team already has a quota in para table tennis.

Empowering Through Education: Train the Trainer Education at the Croatian Paralympic Committee

In November 2023, we at the Croatian Paralympic Committee embarked on an inspiring journey of empowerment and education with the implementation of the Train the Trainer program. This initiative, conducted within the framework of the CSR for ParaSport project, sought to equip our colleagues with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively support and promote ParaSport within our community. As advocates for inclusivity and diversity, we recognized the pivotal role education plays in fostering understanding and breaking down barriers. Thus, Train the Trainer was not just a program; it was a catalyst for change and progress.

The essence of Train the Trainer lies in its comprehensive approach to education. Our goal was not simply to impart information but to cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation for parasports. The program encompassed a diverse range of topics, from the technical aspects of various adaptive sports to disability awareness and subjects of marketing. Through engaging videos, interactive discussions and practical exercises, participants were immersed in a dynamic learning environment that encouraged active participation and collaboration.

One of the fundamental pillars of Train the Trainer was skill development. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in sports, we focused on equipping our colleagues with the necessary tools to provide tailored support and guidance. Whether it was learning adaptive techniques or understanding the specific needs of different impairments, participants emerged from the program with a newfound confidence in their ability to make a meaningful impact.

Moreover, Train the Trainer fostered a culture of inclusivity and empathy within our organization. By emphasizing the importance of diversity and representation, we aimed to create an even more supportive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. The success of Train the Trainer extended beyond the confines of our organization. As ambassadors for parasport, participants were encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with their respective communities, thereby amplifying the reach and impact of our initiative.

Looking ahead, the legacy of Train the Trainer serves as a testament to the power of education and collaboration. By investing in the development of our colleagues, we have not only enhanced our capacity to support parasport but have also ignited a ripple effect of positive change within our community. As we continue our journey towards a more inclusive future, we remain committed to harnessing the transformative power of education to break down barriers and create opportunities for all.

In conclusion, Train the Trainer was more than just a program; it was an experience that empowered our colleagues to become agents of change in the realm of parasport.

Embracing Diversity: How Companies Can Champion Parasport Development

In the world of sports, inclusivity and diversity are essential pillars that uphold the spirit of competition and human achievement. While mainstream sports often dominate the spotlight, it’s crucial not to overlook the immense potential and significance of parasports. Parasports, designed for athletes with physical disabilities, not only showcase incredible athleticism but also break down barriers and challenge societal norms. Companies have a unique opportunity and responsibility to support and engage in the development of parasports, fostering a more inclusive society and reaping numerous benefits along the way.

Parasports encompass a wide range of disciplines, from wheelchair basketball and para-swimming to adaptive skiing and wheelchair rugby. These sports empower individuals with disabilities, providing them with opportunities for personal growth, physical fitness, and competitive achievement. Moreover, parasports serve as powerful platforms for raising awareness about disability rights and challenging stereotypes surrounding people with disabilities.

HOW COMPANIES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Financial Support: Companies can provide financial assistance to parasport organizations, teams, and athletes. This support can cover various aspects, including training facilities, equipment, travel expenses, and competition fees. By investing in parasports, companies not only demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion but also contribute to the development of talent within these communities

Sponsorship and partnerships: Partnering with parasport teams or individual athletes through sponsorship deals can be mutually beneficial for companies and athletes alike. Such partnerships can increase visibility and recognition for both parties while promoting positive messages of inclusivity and empowerment. Additionally, companies can collaborate with parasport organizations to host events, workshops, and awareness campaigns aimed at promoting disability inclusion.

Accessible Facilities and Employment Opportunities: Companies can take steps to ensure that their facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including employees and customers. This may involve implementing accessible design features, providing assistive technologies, and offering accommodations as needed. Moreover, companies can actively recruit and hire individuals with disabilities, including parasport athletes, thereby creating more diverse and inclusive work environments.

Employee Engagement and Voluntarism: Encouraging employees to volunteer or participate in parasport events can foster a sense of community and social responsibility within the company. Whether through organizing fundraising initiatives, coaching clinics, or volunteering at competitions, employees can make meaningful contributions to the parasport community while building teamwork and morale within the company.

Promotion and Advocacy: Companies have a powerful platform to raise awareness about parasports and advocate for disability inclusion. Through marketing campaigns, social media outreach, and corporate communications, companies can help challenge stereotypes and promote positive representations of individuals with disabilities. By amplifying the voices and achievements of parasport athletes, companies can inspire others to embrace diversity and create more inclusive environments.

THE BENEFITS OF SUPPORTING PARASPORTS

Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility: By supporting parasports, companies demonstrate their commitment to social causes and ethical business practices, enhancing their reputation and credibility among consumers, employees, and stakeholders.

Employee Engagement and Morale: Engaging in parasport initiatives can boost employee morale, foster teamwork, and strengthen corporate culture by promoting values of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.

Market Opportunities: Embracing diversity and inclusivity can open up new market opportunities for companies as they tap into the growing consumer demand for socially responsible and inclusive brands.

Positive Impact on Society: By supporting parasports, companies contribute to creating a more inclusive society where individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities to participate, compete, and succeed.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, companies play a crucial role in championing the development of parasports and promoting disability inclusion. By providing financial support, sponsorship, accessible facilities, employment opportunities, and advocacy, companies can make a meaningful difference in the lives of parasport athletes and contribute to building a more inclusive society. Embracing diversity isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s also a strategic imperative that benefits companies, employees, and communities alike. As we continue to celebrate the achievements of parasport athletes, let us also recognize the vital role that companies can play in supporting and empowering these extraordinary individuals.

“Breaking Barriers: Ping Pong Without Borders 2023”

In the heart of Bratislava’s Rača district, the Table Tennis Hall will once again buzz with excitement on Thursday, October 19th, as it plays host to the XIth edition of “Ping pong without barriers 2023” (PPBB’23). Under the esteemed patronage of the Ambassador of the French Republic to Slovakia, Pascal Le Deunff, this event is more than just a tournament; it’s a celebration of inclusivity, collaboration, and the power of sports to transcend boundaries.

Organized by the Slovak Paralympic Committee (SPV) in collaboration with the French Embassy, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU), the Student Guild of Mechanical Engineers at STU, VŠK Strojár, and the Slovak Table Tennis Association (SSTZ), PPBB’23 marks one of the many preludes to the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games slated to be held in Paris in 2024.

The roots of PPBB date back to 2009 when the inaugural edition took place in the foyer of STU, borne out of a partnership between Slovak para-table tennis players and the British Embassy. Over the years, the tournament has grown in scale and significance, fostering camaraderie among paralympians, engineers, embassy staff, and guests.

Notably, the 2012 edition coincided with Slovakia’s participation in the London Paralympic Games, marking a significant milestone in the tournament’s history. Since then, PPBB has evolved into a platform for cultural exchange and friendship, with each edition leaving an indelible mark on its participants.

The journey continued in 2016 when the Brazilian Embassy in Slovakia joined the initiative, amplifying its reach and impact. Subsequent editions witnessed the fusion of Slovak and French influences, foreshadowing the collaborative spirit that will define the Paris 2024 Games.

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, PPBB persevered, adapting to the new normal and reaffirming its commitment to unity and resilience. The 2022 edition, held amidst renewed hope, ventured into uncharted territory with its venue in Bratislava’s Rača district, symbolizing a new chapter in the tournament’s legacy.

As we eagerly anticipate the dawn of PPBB’23, let us reflect on the values it embodies – inclusivity, diversity, and the unwavering spirit of competition. In a world often divided by borders, PPBB serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that true strength lies in our ability to come together, regardless of our differences.

Creating Inclusive Workplaces: How the Private Sector Can Support People with Disabilities

In today’s rapidly evolving world, inclusivity is not just a buzzword; it’s a necessity. As we strive for a more equitable society, it’s crucial for businesses to recognize and address the needs of all individuals, including those with disabilities. The private sector plays a pivotal role in fostering an inclusive working environment where people of all abilities can thrive. In this blog, we’ll explore some strategies that businesses can implement to make their workplaces more suitable for people with disabilities.

Education and Awareness: One of the first steps towards creating a more inclusive workplace is to educate employees about disabilities and raise awareness about the challenges individuals may face. This can include providing training sessions, workshops, and informational materials that promote understanding and empathy.

Accessible Infrastructure: Physical barriers can pose significant challenges for individuals with disabilities. Businesses can make their workplaces more accessible by installing ramps, elevators, and automatic door openers. Additionally, ensuring that workspaces are spacious enough to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility aids is essential.

Flexible Work Policies: Flexibility in work arrangements can greatly benefit employees with disabilities. Offering options such as telecommuting, flexible hours, and part-time schedules can enable individuals to work in a way that best suits their needs. This not only promotes inclusivity but also enhances productivity and employee satisfaction.

Assistive Technologies: Technology has the power to level the playing field for people with disabilities. Employers can invest in assistive technologies such as screen readers, speech recognition software, and ergonomic keyboards to facilitate greater independence and productivity among employees with disabilities.

Reasonable Accommodations: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. These accommodations may include modified workstations, specialized equipment, or adjustments to work schedules. By accommodating the needs of employees with disabilities, businesses can ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

Inclusive Hiring Practices: Building a diverse workforce starts with inclusive hiring practices. Businesses can actively recruit candidates with disabilities by partnering with disability organizations, attending job fairs targeted towards individuals with disabilities, and creating inclusive job postings that welcome applicants of all abilities.

Training and Support: Providing ongoing training and support to employees with disabilities is essential for their success in the workplace. This can involve offering mentoring programs, disability awareness training for managers and colleagues, and access to employee assistance programs for additional support.

Promoting a Culture of Inclusion: Lastly, fostering a culture of inclusion is key to creating a supportive environment for employees with disabilities. This involves promoting respect, empathy, and open communication among all members of the organization. Celebrating diversity and recognizing the unique contributions of individuals with disabilities can help create a sense of belonging for everyone.

In conclusion, the private sector has a crucial role to play in making working environments more suitable for people with disabilities. By implementing these strategies and prioritizing inclusivity, businesses can not only meet legal requirements but also create a more welcoming and supportive workplace for all employees. Embracing diversity and valuing the contributions of individuals with disabilities not only benefits the employees themselves but also leads to a more innovative, resilient, and successful organization overall.

Toyota’s Vision for Inclusive and Sustainable Mobility at the Paris 2024 Olympics

As the world eagerly anticipates the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toyota is gearing up to showcase its commitment to inclusive and sustainable mobility. The automotive giant plans to provide a fleet of 2,650 electrified vehicles, including 150 specially adapted for wheelchair users, to athletes, officials, volunteers, accredited journalists, and spectators.

A significant portion of this fleet—approximately 60%—will boast zero emissions, featuring models like the Toyota bZ4X, Proace, and Proace Verso EV, as well as the Lexus RZ. Additionally, Toyota will deploy 500 hydrogen-powered Mirai vehicles to ensure emission-free transportation for members of the Olympic and Paralympic community, organizers, and volunteers.

Following the conclusion of the games, all 500 Mirai vehicles will join Paris’s existing fleet of hydrogen taxis, bringing the total number of hydrogen-powered vehicles in the city to 1,500. Moreover, Toyota plans to offer 1,000 hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including models like the Toyota RAV4, Corolla TS, Yaris Cross, and Highlander, further enhancing the sustainability of the transportation infrastructure.

The company’s efforts aim to reduce the carbon emissions of vehicles during the Paris 2024 Olympics by 50% compared to previous games. Additionally, nearly 60% of all Toyota fleet vehicles will be manufactured in Europe, with 37% produced in France, aligning with the vision of sustainable Olympic and Paralympic games and supporting local suppliers.

In addition to providing vehicles, Toyota will offer 700 individual mobility products, including 250 Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMVs), 150 Toyota Proace vehicles modified for wheelchair users, and other mobility solutions. These initiatives ensure that athletes, volunteers, and organizers have access to the most inclusive and sustainable fleet of vehicles ever seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Among these products are 250 battery-powered PMVs designed for seated or standing mobility, with a maximum speed of 6 km/h and obstacle detection systems to ensure user safety. Toyota will also supply electric wheelchair propulsion devices, with 50 units available in the Olympic Village throughout the games and an additional 150 units provided for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

As a global mobility partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Toyota is dedicated to promoting sustainable mobility solutions that prioritize inclusion, environmental stewardship, and accessibility
for all. By offering a diverse range of vehicles and mobility aids, Toyota aims to break down barriers to mobility and create a more inclusive society for people of all abilities.

In conclusion, Toyota’s initiatives for the Paris 2024 Olympics exemplify its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and collaborative partnerships, Toyota is paving the way for a more inclusive and sustainable future of mobility, both on and off the Olympic stage.

Inclusive sports instructor university course with Allianz support

On 28 September 2023, the second year of the Inclusive Sports Instructor specialisation of the Hungarian University of Sports Science started with the opening ceremony. The event was attended by Ákos Cserny, vice Rector of the University, Lajos Mocsai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University, Luca Ekler, Paralympic champion athlete and coordinator of the course, Csaba Sós, the captain of the Hungarian national swimming team, the members of the Hungarian parakarate national team preparing for the world championships, representatives of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee and the sponsoring Allianz Hungária Zrt., as well as the 18 students starting their studies this academic year.

In the spirit of inclusion, the aim of the course is to accept and value the diversity and difference of athletes and sports professionals, thus ensuring equal opportunities in sport and society. The students who have been accepted for the two semester, practice-oriented course come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds: coaches, sports economists, special education teacher, mental health professionals and international relations experts are among the new class. ’At the Hungarian University of Sports Science, it is also possible to acquire knowledge about disabled sports in traditional physical education and coaching courses, while this training is the first – and until nowadays unique – in Hungary, which is exclusively about inclusive sports teaching’ – emphasised László Szabó, President of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee.

Based on the experience of the first grade, which included such outstanding students as world championship bronze medallist para triathlete Zsófia Lengyel, students can gain useful knowledge not only in competitive parasport but also in recreational sport and junior team education. The fromer students’ experience showed that the previous years of the course, involving disabled and non-disabled sports professionals, already helped to promote inclusion. The second year training plan is also the result of the joint work of the Hungarian University of Sports Science, the Hungarian Paralympic Committee and the Hungarian Special Olympics Association, providing practical and theoretical knowledge for all disability branches.

This year’s class also includes former Paralympians. ’It was my constant desire to learn and improve that brought me to this specialised course. I come mainly from the field of parasport, but I would also like to learn about sports education for other disability branches’, said Réka Kovács-Kézdi, a former Paralympic swimmer and instructor at the Budapest-based ’Mozgasjavito’ Elementary School. The quality of the training – in addition to the qualified teaching staff – is ensured by the coordinator of the course, Luca Ekler Paralympic, world and European champion athlete.

In August 2023, the Hungarian Paralympic Committee – with the support of Allianz Hungária Zrt. insurance company – announced a scholarship programme for the new class, thanks to which 15 students will be able to start their studies – in part or in full – with a significant financial support this year.

Enikő Kónya-Prépost, Senior Marketing Manager of Allianz Hungária Zrt. said, ’diversity and inclusion are among the core values of our company, so it is a great pleasure for us to support such an important sensitising training for the second year in a row, thus helping the social inclusion and integration of people with disabilities. As a committed supporter of sport and as a partner of the Paralympic movement and the Hungarian Paralympic Committee, we are particularly proud of our brand ambassador, Luca Ekler, for her professionalism in this role, as well.’

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