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Paralympic sports - 27. June 2007.

First Women in Paralympic Sport Leadership Summit in Europe

Bonn, Germany - The first Women in Paralympic Sport Leadership Summit in Europe was held from 22 to 24 June in Bonn, Germany.  The aim is to find ways to knock down barriers and create opportunities for girls and women with a disability in Paralympic Sport. Supported by the German government, a total of 22 participants, including Paralympic athletes, took part in the event.

The Summit was characterized by an open and interactive atmosphere.The participants were introduced to the Paralympic Movement, IPC's Women in Sport Committee and learned about the success of previous Regional Summits. They received leadership training in Effective Networking and Influencing Change in Sport. The workshop on Effective Networking gave advice on how to develop and maintain effective personal networks. The workshop on Influencing Change identified ways to make meaningful changes in sport and factors that influence decision makers.

A major outcome was a Regional Action Plan and the formation of a Summit Working Group. This group will follow up on an European Action Plan which aims to increase the participation of women in the Paralympic Movement.

Said Tine Teilmann, Chairperson of the Women in Sport Committee: "For me it was refreshing to meet so many people with a genuine passion for the Paralympic Movement and especially the role of women within this Movement."

After the Summit, all participants will continue to promote and advance gender equity in their respective organizations.

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Notes to the Editor:

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for 12 sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 162 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

For further information, please contact Steffi Klein, IPC Communication Manager, on tel: +49-228-2097-230, e-mail: steffi.klein@paralympic.org or go to www.paralympic.org.
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