The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has released the final 2018 edition of its magazine “The Paralympian,” which reflects on a busy year of World Championships and looks ahead to a new Paralympic Winter Games cycle.
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The cover photo captures Colombia’s Euclides Grisales fully focused during his gold medal match at the World Boccia Championships. He was one of thousands of athletes going for coveted prizes in a summer packed with 12 World Championships.
In the magazine’s “World Sport Round-up” section, catch up on the names and teams who stood out ahead of an important qualification year for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Among those names are Stinna Tange Kaastrup, a Danish Para dressage athlete who had the ride of her life, and the Michael Jordan of wheelchair basketball Patrick Anderson making his comeback.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games chapter has closed, and the race toward Beijing 2022 has begun. The magazine introduces readers to two young talents to know – a teenager Nordic skier who is taking winter sports to a new level in Brazil, and a Dutch snowboarder chasing his first Paralympic title. Read about them, and get ahead on all six winter sports holding their World Championships in the New Year.
The main feature story rewinds to 10 years ago, when Beijing, China, hosted the 2008 Paralympics and sparked the inspiration for change in the nation’s impairment perceptions.
Rewind even further to 1948, when the Stoke Mandeville Games were held and eventually evolved into the Paralympics. “Digital Dynamics” shows how people around the world celebrated Stoke Mandeville’s 70th anniversary on social media.
The Paralympic Movement continues to impact many lives, especially through the IPC’s development arm the Agitos Foundation. Their Organisational Capacity Programme (OCP) has equipped National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) with resources for growth, and Malawi took full advantage of this opportunity, which is documented in a case study report.
Also learn how NPC Sweden wasted no time to activate their partnership with Toyota; as well as from two retired Paralympians about how they landed jobs after their sporting careers.
Finally, Germany’s Heinrich Popow called an end to his athletics career. The Paralympic and world champion reflects on his emotional journey that ended at his home European Championships.