Sport knows no boundaries,
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EPC President Ratko Kovačić congratulates the Paralympic Committee of Montenegro on their 10th anniversary celebrations
’Mr. Kovačić handed Mr. Tomic a plaque from the European Paralympic Committee.
The President of the Paralympic Committee of Montenegro, Igor Tomic said that he is proud of Montenegrin Paralympics, its athletes and their achievements in the 10 years since it was first recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
On 22nd of November 2009 at the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, NPC Montenegro became a full-fledged member of the IPC.
At the 10-year anniversary celebration Tomic said that the road was not easy, it was full of challenges and sometimes thorny.
‘People say that the happiness is bigger, and sadness smaller when you share it with someone. We are proud that you are here to share in our joy at this 10-year anniversary since NPC Montenegro was first recognized by the IPC. The road was not easy, it was full of challenges and sometimes thorny but at the same time it was motivating. We would not have reached this point without the state’s support, which we notice today because of the Ministry of Sports and Youth and Minister Nikola Janovic.’
He also said that he could never forget the help of Mr. Ratko Kovacic, the president of the European Paralympic Committee.
‘I am glad that he is here today with our athletes’, Tomic said.
He recognized the help of the Montenegro Olympic Committee and the first sponsor Electric Transmission System of Montenegro.
Tomic greeted the presidents of neighboring NPCs, institutes for people with disabilities and the mayors of the hometowns of our athletes.
„I am proud of the Paralympic phenomenon in the whole of Montenegro. I must thank parents of our athletes for trusting us. Together we fought battles and enjoyed in your and our victories. Our coaches are big names in the world sports scene, who have made a great impression on our children and taught them so much. Be proud of everything you did.
He noted that the Paralympians made the movement what it is by working , patiently and with wisdom
‘Live your dreams and take care of our movement. Take care of it because of all the children who are dreaming about living their dreams right now. also It also is a beautiful story for our country and not only from a sports perspective but also in its humanity and solidarity, both of which are traditions in Montenegro. This is only the first 10 years; we are going forward.’
As a sign of appreciation for supporting NPC Montenegro, he handed the Minister of Sports and Youth, Mr. Nikola Janovic, a plaque.
‘I do not see this plaque as a recognition of the institution I represent, I see it as a confirmation of a partnership between NPC Montenegro and the Ministry of Sports and Youth. I am very pleased that I have the chance to give a speech on this great anniversary. I can say that the financial support today is 10 times bigger than it was when the NPC was formed,’ said Janovic.
He stressed that the will, perseverance and persistence of the Montenegran Paralympians should be an example to everybody.
‘The results they achieve are to their merit, which belong to them, their families, their coaches and the NPC, and the state is proud of them,’ said Janovic.
The first man of the European Paralympic Committee, Mr. Ratko Kovacic also received an award.
He said that this celebration is the result of hard work and that sports is the best tool against all kinds of addictions.
‘I congratulate all those athletes who have achieved great results over the past 10 years. You have only recently entered the European and global sports scene and you are already winning medals. I hope you will all win a Paralympic medal and I know that this is going to happen soon. Thank you for the plaque. I want to stress the great contribution of parents who have such a big role in the development of an athlete, as well as the coaches and assistants whose work allows young people with disabilities to be athletes,’ said Kovacic.
He said that Montenegro is proud of its Paralympians and that they should be given all the support they need.
‘Let mecongratulate you on your amazing work and success, contribution and friendship. I wish you all the best in the future.’ Mr. Kovacic handed a plaque to Mr. Tomic from the European Paralympic Committee.
The documentary ‘Living our dreams’ was shown for the first time at the event. The movie tells the story of NPC Montenegro’s beginningsand its first 10 years.
EPYG Winter 2020
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European Para Youth Games 2019 Lahti, Finland
Finland’s midnight sun finally set on Sunday night as the European Para Youth Games 2019 came to an end, following 3 closely fought competition days across 8 sports, with Italy topping the medal table with 14 Gold, 8 Silver and 8 Bronze medals.
The event, hosted at the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training center from the 25-30th June, was the fifth and largest edition of the Games to date with over 600 participants from 27 countries taking part. The games were loved by athletes and spectators alike and were filled with fantastic highlights, including a World Record in the W20 F64 and ended with EPC President Ratko Kovacic declaring at the closing ceremony that EPYG 2019 was ‘the best games ever’ hosted.
Overseen by the European Paralympic Committee, the European Paralympic Youth Games are seen as an introductory international event for many aspiring para athletes, with the combination of new and rising stars in the Paralympic movement leading to an exciting competition for athletes and spectators alike. Conceived in 2011, the Games are part of the Committee’s aim to develop the Paralympic Movement by creating a platform to inspire young European athletes aged 13-23 to take part in Paralympic Sport and begin their Paralympic journey.
The 2019 edition of the Games included eight sports consisting of athletics, boccia, goalball, judo, showdown (demonstration sport), swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.
The Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, Finland’s only Olympic AND Paralympic Training Center, is famous for its elite athlete training facilities and conveniently located accommodation services, all surrounded by beautiful Finnish nature and located on the shores of a fresh water lake. During EPYG 2019 the Training Center was transformed into an Athletes Village and utilised all of Pajulahti’s facilities as Training/Competition venues, with Swimming and Athletics taking place at external venues.
Whilst teams arrived on Monday 24th June to begin their training and acclimatisation, EPYG 2019 was officially opened on Thursday evening following an opening ceremony full of passion, pride and perseverance. As the participating countries processed into the main Pajulahti Hall the atmosphere was electric as many countries became more and more excited singing songs and waving national flags. The host nation sought to utilise the opening ceremony to highlight and celebrate the success of Finnish disabled people and inspire event participants with performances from former World Champions and European medallists Para-Dance couple TimoPyykkönen and Tuuli Harju.
The opening ceremony drew attention to the fact the host venue, the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center was celebrating its 90th anniversary since its founding in 1929 as a women’s gymnastics facility.
The spirit of the games was best summed up by NPC Finland Secretary General TeroKuorikoski, who concluded his speech to the event participants with: ‘Dare to achieve the impossible; aspire to be the best you can be; and ultimately make sure you have fun along the way’.
The following morning, the Games kicked off with 7 out of 8 sports beginning their competition. The strongest performers in the Games unsurprisingly came from the largest delegations of Italy, France and Germany with 14, 12 and 11 Gold medals respectively. Host nation Finland came a respectable 4th in the medal table with a total of 18 medals. The 3 best countries in ranking were Italy, France and Germany: