IPC starts Top 25 moments countdown‏

Back in May, the IPC launched a global search for peoples' favourite moments from the last 25 years. Everyone who submitted a favourite moment was entered into a free prize draw to win a once in a lifetime five day trip for two to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

More than 500 people from all five continents nominated moments and the best of them will be uploaded onto an interactive global map at www.ipc25.com that will go live on Monday (1 September).

Craig Spence, the IPC's Director of Media and Communications, said: "We're overwhelmed with the response we have received from people around the world for our top 25 moments campaign to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

"Many of the moments nominated are from people simply attending the Games. Others are of key moments that have helped shape the Paralympic Movement over the last two and a half decades.

"The IPC Governing Board had a very difficult task in choosing their favourite moments. The top three moments were especially close and I am sure the public will really enjoy the countdown as it showcases how much the Paralympic Movement has progressed over the last 25 years."

The IPC was formed on 22 September 1989 at a meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany. More than 200 participants from 42 countries attended the historic event which created the Paralympic Movement's global governing body.

Founding members of the IPC were CISS, CPISRA, IBSA, INAS-FMH, ISMGF and ISOD and the organisation's first President was Bob Steadward who remained in the position until 2001. Great Britain's Sir Philip Craven was then elected his successor.

Although formed in 1989, the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games were the first Paralympics that the IPC was fully responsible for.

Today, the IPC is based in Bonn, Germany, employs 75 people full-time and has over 200 members. Its vision is `To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.'

In addition to supervising the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, the IPC also serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions.