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Para-athletes compete in Gambian marathon for first time

Athletes competed using sports wheelchairs donated by the Agitos Foundation and other National Paralympic Committees.

Demba Jarju of Gambia competes in the Men's 800m -T34 race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Demba Jarju of Gambia competes in the Men's 800m -T34 race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games © • Getty Images
By NPC Gambia

Para-athletes competed in the Gambian Marathon for the first time thanks to racing chairs donated to the Gambian National Paralympic Committee by the International Paralympic Committee’s development arm, the Agitos Foundation.

As well as the wheelchairs from the Agitos Foundation, two chairs donated by the French National Paralympic Committee at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, and two from the Swiss National Paralympic Committee that were used during the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Great Britain, made this opportunity possible.

The men’s race, competed over 21km, and the women’s race covering 15km, were held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Gambian Revolution.

Demba Jarju made history in the men’s race by becoming the first para-athlete to win, coming home in a time just over 1:05.00. Meanwhile, Malang Tamba, also a para-athlete, claimed third place.

In the women’s race, Isatou Nyang, a T54 athlete, who competed for Gambia at London 2012, finished second in just over 1:45.00.

A reception on 25 October was then held to celebrate the achievement of the athletes, and was attended by personnel from the Gambian National Sports Council Federation for the Disabled, partners and volunteers.

For more information, visit the Gambian National Paralympic Committee website.

Swansea 2014 wins CIPR award

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations awarded gold to Swansea 2014 in the Best Sporting Campaign Category

5 male and female athletes in British jerseys stand and sit (in wheelchairs) next to each others in front of a black wall. Behind them is the logo: Swansea 2014. It's coming. Be part of it. Swansea 2014 will take place at the Swansea University International Sports Village between 18 – 23 August and will see around 600 of Europe’s best athletes compete for honours as they make their way to the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. © • Swansea 2014
By IPC

The Swansea 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships has won the gold award in the Best Sporting Campaign Category at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations(CIPR) Cymru Wales PRide Awards.

This means that the public relations campaign for Swansea 2014 was the best for sport in Wales, Great Britain, during 2014.

Judged by a leading panel of 63 public relations experts, the CIPR PRide Awards represent the best, most creative and most effective public relations work across Great Britain.

This was the 11th year of the awards, which received around 1100 entries across all categories, with 350 then shortlisted.

The IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain, ran from 18-23 August and saw around 560 athletes from 39 countries compete.

For more information on the awards, visit the CIPR website.

Skyline of Doha, Qatar

Skyline of Doha, Qatar

IPC Athletics trains African classifiers

A total of 10 participants from six countries were trained in Namibia with the support of the Agitos Foundation and Norway Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports.

10 people in a workshop around a table with one person explaining. Ten participants from six countries participated in the IPC Athletics National Classifier Programme in Windhoek, Namibia. © • NPC Namibia
By IPC

A total of 10 people took part in an IPC Athletics National Classifier Programme in Windhoek, Namibia, from 24-26 October, with the aim of classifying more para-athletes on a national level in Africa.

The programme was organised with support from the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee, the Agitos Foundation, and the Norway Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports.

The training, hosted by the Namibian National Paralympic Committee (NPC), means that participants now have the skills they need to serve as a national classifier and develop more track and field athletes from Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Angola, and Zimbabwe.

Over the three day workshop, attendees discussed the importance of classification to para-sport and the theory it is based on. They completed sessions on how to carry out assessments of athletes in and out of competition, and the specifics of classification within athletics.

They also learnt communication skills, how to manage the classification process and carry-out the correct procedures.

By successfully completing the programme, participants will receive a formal certificate and be able to serve as a national classifier once approved by their NPC.

IPC Athletics will now notify each successful participant’s NPC of their successful completion of the programme. They will be eligible to attend an International Classifier Programme or Regional Classifier Programme dependent on meeting all other requirements, including building classification experience.

The IPC Athletics National Classifier Programme aims to ensure that there are more opportunities for athletes to be classified on national level before attending major competitions, as well as to encourage new athletes to take-up para-athletics by putting the structures in place for them to do so.

IPC Athletics National Classifier Programme Namibia

IPC Athletics National Classifier Programme Namibia

Vale Peter Trotter

Double Paralympian Peter Trotter, who won a full set of medals at the 1984 Paralympics, passed away aged 58.

Peter Trotter Australia The Australian Paralympic community is mourning the passing of 1984 and 1988 Paralympian Peter Trotter (1956-2014). © • Australia Paralympic Committee
By Australian Paralympic Committee

The Australian Paralympic community is mourning the passing of 1984 and 1988 Paralympian Peter Trotter (1956-2014).

Peter was considered by many to be a trailblazer for modern wheelchair track athletes such as Kurt Fearnley, with his commitment to training and preparation, and his willingness to travel to Europe and the USA to compete regularly against the best in the world.

At the 1984 Paralympic Games in Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, Peter won a full set of medals - gold in the 5,000m, silver in the 1,500m and bronze in the 800m. During the course of his career he held world records in the 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m wheelchair track events.

He competed in the 1,500m demonstration event at the 1984 Olympic Games, the first time that wheelchair events were part of the Olympics.

With Jeff Wiseman, Peter Trotter founded the Oz Day 10K in 1990, held annually in Sydney on Australia Day.

Peter was a member of the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee (SPOC), which oversaw the organisation of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. He was a deputy mayor of the Athlete Village during the Sydney Games.

Swiss athletes honoured for their achievements

The 12 athletes, who have excelled during 2014, were honoured during a special ceremony held by the Swiss Paralympic Committee.

athletes holding flowers facing the camera Twelve Swiss athletes were honoured for their achievements during 2014 © • Swiss Paralympic Committee
By Swiss Paralympic Committee

Christoph Kunz won Switzerland’s only gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Russia, taking the men’s giant slalom sitting.

Switzerland’s most successful athletes of 2014 have been honoured for their achievements by Rene Will, President of the Board of Trustees and Veronika Roos, Secretary General of the Swiss Paralympic Committee, at a special ceremony on 24 October.

Twelve athletes, including Paralympic, world and European Champions, were commemorated at the ceremony held in the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland.

Christoph Kunz won Switzerland’s only gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Russia, taking the men’s giant slalom sitting.

He was joined by athletics star Manuela Schar, after she won four gold medals at the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain, and Marcel Hug, with three golds at the same competition.

Also honoured were Heinz Frei, Jean-Marc Berset and Tobias Frankhauser (cycling), and Beat Bosch, Bojan Mitic, Philipp Handler, Patricia Keller, Patrick Stoll (athletics).

Youngster Alexandra Helbling (athletics) was also named Swiss Paralympic newcomer of the year after her bronze medal in the women’s 800m T54 at Swansea 2014.

For more information, visit the Swiss Paralympic Committee website

Swiss athletes honoured

Swiss athletes honoured

Top para-sport stories of the week

Major Championships announced, a series of world records at Incheon 2014 and partnership agreements are all highlights from the past seven days.

The Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games closed on 24 October with a spectacular Closing Ceremony. China topped the medals table at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games. © • Incheon 2014
By IPC

A total of 18 out of the 24 available gold medals available at Incheon 2014 were won by Chinese fencers.

The last seven days around para-sport have seen two major Championships announced and an extended sponsorship agreement signed, as well as some outstanding performances at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.

Here are the top seven stories of the week:

Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games come to a close

China topped the medals table as the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games in South Korea came to a close.

They won a staggering 317 medals, including 174 gold, 95 silver and 48 bronze. Second were hosts South Korea, winning 211 (72 gold, 62 silver, 77 bronze).

The competition also saw an incredible 24 world records broken or equalled, and 121 new Asian records.

Chinese swimmer Furong Lin was the most decorated athlete, winning six gold medals.

Dubai to host first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will stage the first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships between 3-8 March 2016.

As part of IPC Athletics’ strategy to provide more high level competition opportunities for para-athletes around the world, the Asia-Oceania Championships is expected to attract around 600 athletes from 45 countries.

Chinese wheelchair fencers dominate at Incheon 2014

A total of 18 out of the 24 available gold medals available at Incheon 2014 were won by Chinese fencers.

The team picked up seven men’s titles and 11 women’s with a series of Paralympic champions on form.

Stand out performances include Jing Rong, who beat seven-time Paralympic champion Yu Chui Li of Hong Kong, China, in the category A foil.

London to stage IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships

IPC Athletics, the international federation for para-athletics, has announced that the 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships will be held in London, Great Britain, on Sunday 26 April in association with the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Up to 12 different medal events will take place, including six events for male para-athletes and six for females, should they meet the minimum viability criteria.

Samsung Electronics Extends Worldwide Paralympic Partnership

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has extended its partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as a Worldwide Paralympic Partner through until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

For the next six years of this agreement, Samsung, who has sponsored the IPC since 2006, will remain as one of the IPC’s Official Worldwide Paralympic Partners and will expand after 2016 its category of sponsorship to the “Wireless Communications Equipment and Computing Equipment”, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and other computing equipment, and desktop printers.

Iran’s Javanmardidodmani breaks two shooting world records

Iran’s world champion pistol shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani smashed the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) and P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) world records on Sunday (19 October) and Monday (20 October) at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.

Javanmardidodmani, who collected her first world title at July’s IPC Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany, in P2, looked stunned after adding 8.7 points to the previous P4 record with a score of 192.8.

She also took the P2 mark with a score of 200.4 to help Iran to third place in the shooting medals table.

IPC Powerlifting announces historic partnership with Eleiko, world’s strongest Paralympian breaks world record three times

The international federation of para-powerlifting, IPC Powerlifting, announced a five -year partnership on Wednesday (22 October) with globally recognised lifting equipment manufacturer Eleiko.

The deal will see the Swedish-based company, which has a long and illustrious history in weightlifting, provide equipment for all World and regional championships until 2018. Eleiko will also work with IPC Powerlifting to create more awareness of the sport to a new generation of fans from around the world.

The sport created further headlines with Iranian world and Paralympic champion Siamand Rahman breaking the men’s over 107kg world record three times at Incheon 2014. His fourth lift of 292.0kg brings him closer to his 300kg target.

Five Asian athletics records fall in Incheon

China produce another dominant display on the final day of athletics at the Asian Para Games, and there is a first gold for Myanmar.

Man throwing a javelin Yanlong Fu competes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. At the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games, he took home the title in the men’s discus F42. © • www.photo-hartmann.de
By IPC

Five Asian records fell on the final day of athletics action on Friday (24 October) at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.

Four went China’s way, in another impressive day for them on the track, with Lin Zhu setting the first new Asian record in the women’s 200m T13, speeding to glory in 27.55.

Then it was the turn of her compatriot Hao Wang, who won the men’s 400m T47 title in 49.25, just three-hundredths of a second ahead of India’s Sandeep Singh Maan (49.28).

Two Asian records fell in the women’s 400m T11/12, as China’s Cuiqing Liu, a T11 athlete, won gold in 57.75, ahead of compatriot Guohua Zhou, a T12 athlete, in 58.45.

And finally, in the men’s 400m T13, Uzbekistan’s Fakhriddin Khamraev claimed an Asian record on his way to gold in 50.19, beating China’s Bingbing Jiang (52.53) who has topped the podium previously in this competition.

There was also the first gold of the Incheon Asian Para Games for Myanmar, as Win Kyaw Kyaw won the men’s 400m T44 title in 57.40, beating Indonesia’s Wagiyo (58.68) and Sri Lanka’s Lionel Dharmasir Pulhiri Henayalage (59.51).

Elsehwere on the track, Tadashi Horikoshi helped ensure Japan’s third place in the overall medals table with victory in the men’s 1,500m T12 in 4:08.93.

Thailand’s Rawat Tana picked up his countries 10th gold medal in the athletics as he won the men’s 1,500m T54 in 3:06.52, before Kitsana Jorchuy scooped the 11th in the men’s 400m T11 in 54.35.

Further success went China’s way as Huzhao Li won the men’s 400m T53 in 49.83, before Qichao Sun picked up the men’s 400m T12 title in 49.90.

Malaysia also got their final success of the competition as Nasharuddin Mohd won the men’s 400m T20 in 50.67.

Rounding off the field events were three finals.

China’s Yang Liwan won gold in the women’s shot put F53/54, with 7.47m (1,009 points), to beat Brunei’s Fatema Abdulrazzaw Safar Nedham in 4.28m (903) and Iran’s Marziyeh Sedghi Saghinsara in 6.14m (783).

Liwan's teammate Yanlong Fu took home the title in the men’s discus F42 in 41.31m, beating Iran’s Mehrdad Karam Zadeh (40.26m) and China’s Guofeng Kang (38.77m).

Finally, Iran’s Farzad Sepahvand won the men’s discus F44, with a throw of 49.08m ahead of India’s Santhamuthuvel Kesavan (39.70m) and Sri Lanka’s Sanka Kumara Sirisenage (34.63m).

China topped the athletics medals table overall, winning 104 medals (67 gold, 28 silver, nine bronze), ahead of Iran with 72 (21 gold, 33 silver, 13 bronze) and Japan with 42 (14 gold, 15 silver, 13 bronze).

The Asian Para Games saw athletes competing from 41 nations across 23 sports. For more information, visit the Incheon 2014 website.

The conclusion of the athletics competitions in Incheon follows the announcement that the first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships will take place in 2016 in Dubai, UAE, from 3-8 March 2016.