President Ratko Kovačić has resigned from the position as EPC President!
The EPC Executive Board is sorry to hear that the President of the EPC, Ratko Kovačić has resigned from the position of President for personal and health reasons and expresses their gratitude for Ratko Kovačić´s services to the EPC and the contribution he has made to promoting the Paralympic Movement in Europe.
EPC Vice President Terje Jentoft Roel will take over leading the EPC for the rest of the period.
Appointment of a new EPC Vice-President
The EPC Executive Board has unanimously appointed EPC Executive Board Member Åsa Llinares Norlin as the new EPC Vice-President.
Postponement of the EPC GA 2021
In its meeting in April, the EPC Executive Board decided to postpone the EPC General Assembly 2021 till a new date after the Paralympic Games in Tokyo and before the IPC General Assembly 2021. In the meeting on 23 November, the EPC Executive Board confirmed this decision. The GA will probably be held in October or early November. a bid process for organizing the GA will start as soon as possible.
5th Edition of the European Para Youth Games
The opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the European Para Youth Games took place in Lahti, Finland on the evening of the 26th of June 2019 at the Pajulahti Hall.
400 Athletes from 27 Nations will compete in the following days in 8 sports.
This competition is a great opportunity for every child with an impairment to make his dream come true and to become a part of the Paralympic Family!
Many thanks to NPC Finland for a great organization and hosting the EPYG!
See the President Speech herewith:
"Dear friends of the Paralympic Movement, my dear athletes and coaches, dear local and regional authorities, dear member of EPYG 2019 organizing committee.Dear friends,
As passionate member of the Paralympic mov
ement I witnessed numerous competitions on all levels - yet, when the time arrives for the European Paralympic Youth Games here in beautiful Lahti my heart beats faster.
There is nothing more fabulous than to see the European Youngsters gathered in one place. So, on the eve of such a great sports celebration, we are allowed to dream a little. Because it all starts and started with a dream.
On this Games we will see knew rising stars, future Paralympians and most of all we will see what is possible if we take our destiny in our hands and actively live our life.
In our Paralympic world, we know that dreams do come true butit takes hard work, sweat, and determination.
It takes hard work and determination for organizing such an event as well -
so let me thank you to the organizing committee and NPC Finnland for hosting the Games and making a part of our dream true – a dream where every child with an impairment has the right and possibility to engage in sports.
This is in the heart and mind of every EPC Board Member and why we decided to dedicate our time and efforts to make it possible.
To see the 4th EPYG makes us very proud and we hope that the Games will be memorable for each athlete and just one step to the next sports level.
So, let us have an exciting time in Pajulahti and begin…let the Gameswish you best achievement"
Furthermore an EPC Executive Board Meeting took place on the 26th and 27th of June 2019.
Members present were the EPC President Ratko Kovačić, Vice-President Terje Jentoft-Roel, Treasurer Rivo Killer, Members at Large Miriam Malone, Asa Llinares Norlin, Denis Jaeken, Samuel Rosko and Head of Office Saskia Kanfer.
On the Agenda have been crucial items for the further development of the EPC.
3 working groups have been installed with the following important items: One working group will be in charge of the EPC Vision, one working group will handle the legal aspects of the EPC and a third group will deal with the EPYG Competition opportunities and the development of Youth.
EPC GA and CONFERENCE IN ISRAEL
The European Paralympic Committee accepted the invitation of Israel NPC to host the 2019 conference and the General Assembly in Israel.
In the conference that was held in the beautiful city of Netanya, just aside the sea, there were more than 100 participants from 35 European NPCs , IOSDs ,sport federations and European sport organizations.
THE GA was led by the president of the European Paralympic Committee, Mr. Ratko Kovacic. Guest of honor was Mr. Andrew Parsons, the president of the IPC.
The theme of the conference was "Tackling the future", and it included lectures and round tables discussions.
At the opening, after the blessing by Ratko Kovacic, EPC president, and Dr. Yehoshua Dekel, the president of Israel NPC, Mr. Andrew Parsons, President of the IPC, shared the updates of the new vision and strategic goals of the IPC.
Following that, Dr. Osnat Fliess Douer, director of Science and Technology at the Israeli NPC, gave a talk about Technology in modern Paralympic sports where she shared some facts and concerns. At the end of her talk, there was a suggestion to create a European scientific and technological forum, to consult and share ideas mainly on athlete’s safety issues.
Miriam Malone, board member of the EPC, in her talk, shared the outcome of the European survey, and Elvira Stinissen (EPC board member) gave a talk titled: Intro into the desired future.
Among the topics that were raised in the group discussions, a significant one was how to improve the collaboration between the NPCs throughout the year.
Representatives from the LOC of Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, shared up to date information about the coming games and made the audience very excited.
During the cocktail event, Mrs. Miriam Fireberg-Ikar, the mayor of Netanya, shared her gratitude and honor to host in her city such an important conference and event.
At the end of the GA, the visitors had an unforgettable tour in the old city of Jerusalem. To many of them, it was a first visit in the holy land.
At his closing speech, Ratko Kovcic the EPC President, acknowledged Israel NPC and expressed his appreciation for the wonderful hospitality and the outstanding organization.
Photographer Keren Isaacson
EPC GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE 2019, NETANYA, ISRAEL
The next EPC General Assembly and Conference will take place in Netanya, Israel from the 3-5 May 2019.
The EPC GA will be hosted by NPC Israel.
Conference EPC Agenda GA
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A TANDEM MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR IN THE HOLY LAND
To managers of tandem cycling clubs for blind cyclists and independent blind tandem cyclists:
You may not know this but a great deal of tandem cycling for the blind is taking place in Israel.
With more than 12 clubs cycling on varied terrain from European forest to the biblical deserts, from a ski resort at 2000m above sea level to the Dead Sea at more than 400 m below sea level, from bustling coastal cities to historic and holy sites, our tandem cyclists ride year round.
After more than 12 years of activity during which we have gone on a touring trip in Europe once a year, we would like to offer you to come cycle with us in Israel.
We intend to host a weeklong tandem mountain bike tour for blind tandem cyclists from across Europe. In order to deliver a great experience for all participants in the event, we would like to ask you for your preferences, expectations, suggestions and proposals.
We believe that around this activity we can build a big international community of tandem cycling for the blind and move it forward.
The initiative is supported by the Israel Paralympic Committee, the Jewish Institute for the Blind in Jerusalem, Canvelo Tandem Cycling Clubs and the Israel Cycling Federation.
If you are interested in this initiative, please provide us with the following information: Name, Country, Email, Address, Telephone Number, Club name, Number of members, Riding type: Off road/road, Average riding distance per ride, Club type: Blind/couples/other.
Would you like to get more information?
Please contact Mr. Ilan Sivan at
For photos from tandem cycling activities in Israel click here .
For a video from the Israeli tandem national championships click here.
EPYG 2019 LAHTI, FINLAND
The next edition of the EPYG will take place in the city of Lahti, southern Finland at the Pajulathti Olympic and Paralympic training center from the 25-30 June 2019.
The Games will consist of 5 competition days.
The sports and disciplines included in the Games are Athletics, Boccia, Swimming, Table tennis, Goalball, Judo (for visually impaired athletes), Wheelchair Basketball and one demonstration sport- Showdown.
The age range is from 13 to 23.
21TH EUROPEAN PARA-ARMWRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP IN SOFIA, BULGARIA
On 30th of May 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, the 21st European Para-Armwrestling Championship was open. More than 300 athletes with disabilities from 32 countries were attending. The official opening of the competition was done by the President of the European Paralympic Committee Mr. Ratko Kovacic and the President of the World Armwrestling Federation Mr. Assen Hadjitodorov.
VIENNA WELCOMES ADMINISTRATORS AND COACHES
The 2018 BEC Para-Badminton Event in Vienna, organised by Badminton Europe (BEC) with the Austrian Badminton Association and European Paralympic Committee is now less than ten days away.
The event which takes place in Vienna from 15-18 November, will have a total of 30 participants from 12 Member Associations and it is planned primarily for administrators and beginner coaches in para-badminton.
- BEC is once again organizing a para-badminton event where our members can benefit from the knowledge sharing on to integrate and develop para-badminton in Europe and also about the best practices for coaching wheelchair and standing players. We are very happy with the interest to attend from 12 countries and I am certain it will be a fruitful experience for all of us, expressed João Matos, BEC Vice President, Chair of Para-Badminton Commission.
A fourth for Hall
Kaity Hall, who will be taking the role as Head Coach for the event in Vienna is happy with how the numbers in para-badminton are rising. Hall believes that events such as the para event in Vienna will entice more people into the sport.
- I am looking forward to the BEC Para-Badminton Event in Vienna this year. This will be my fourth year doing a para-badminton coaching course for BEC and each year the enthusiasm and standard of coaches and players increases, Kaity Hall told Badminton Europe.
- It's very exciting to see so many countries participating in these events as para-badminton is an amazing sport covering 6 classes giving opportunities to compete across the board, she added.
- Para-Badminton will make its debut in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and hosting events like this gives coaches the drive and experience to find and train new players with the ultimate goal of Paralympics, Hall commented.
Stay tuned on the BEC platforms for more updates from the event in Vienna next week.
Download the detailed agenda here