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The IFSC Paraclimbing Competition Development (to enable disabled athletes to achieve sporting excellence)

Project/Policy/Event title:

The IFSC Paraclimbing Competition Development (to enable disabled athletes to achieve sporting excellence)

Implementation date:

The IFSC Paraclimbing competitions started officially in 2006. Previously, the FFME invited athletes with a disability to climb speed routes at the Chamonix World Championships in 2003.

Partners:

 Italian Paralympic Committee, IFSC Medical Commission, Scientific group from Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia), University of Perugia (Italy)

Project/Policy overview:
    • To guarantee and supervise the organization of successful Paraclimbing Events
    • To promote and contribute to the development of sport opportunities and competitions, from initiation to elite level, for Paraclimbers as the foundation of elite Paraclimbing sport.
    • To develop opportunities for female athletes and athletes with a severe disability in climbing at all levels and in all structures.
    • To support and encourage educational, cultural, research and scientific activities that contribute to the development and promotion of Paraclimbing.
    • To seek the continuous global promotion and media coverage of Paraclimbing, its vision of inspiration and excitement through sport, its ideals and activities.
    • To contribute to the creation of a drug-free sport environment for all Paraclimbers in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
    • To promote Paraclimbing sport without discrimination for political, religious, economic, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or race reasons.
 
Impact Assessment Report:

The first International Paraclimbing Competition took place in Russia, Ekaterinburg, within the European Championships 2006. Athletes with a visual impairment and with a physical disability from Belarus, Italy, Japan and Russia took part in the competitions.

In 2008, the first IFSC Paraclimbing Cup was organized in Moscow, Russia, within the IFSC Bouldering and Speed World Cup event. Athletes with a visual impairment and with a physical disability from Belarus, Italy, Ukraine and Russia took part in the competitions. The next IFSC Paraclimbing Cup was organized by FASI and Speed Rock Committee in 2009 on the wall of Bissina Dam in Val Daone (ITA). Athletes from Hungary, Italy and Russia participated in the competition. Asian Paraclimbing Championships 2009 took place in ChunCheon (KOR). Athletes from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Korea took part in the competition.

For the first time in 2010, IFSC Paraclimbing Cup series was organized. They took place in Ekaterinburg, (RUS), Val Daone (ITA) and Chiba (JPN). Thirty-eight climbers (26 men and 12 women) from Belarus, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Russia and Spain took part at the competitions.

The very good level of Paraclimbing competition was achieved in Arco (ITA). The first IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships were organized within the program of the eleventh World Championships in July 2011. Climbers with and without a disability were fully involved in the event from the opening ceremony until the closing ceremony. Thirty-five athletes (30 men and 5 women) from eleven countries competed.

The Paraclimbing World Championships now takes place every two years, parallel to the World Championships.

Contact Information:

Sébastien Gnecchi, President of the IFSC Paraclimbing Commission - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos/videos:

2011-07-18 Arco WCHA – Urco (ESP) on the route

2011-07-18 Arco WCHA – Urco (ESP) on the route

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