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The Paralympian Issue No. 2 | 2014

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PARALYMPIC NEWS Organisational Capacity Programme kicks off Perales recognised by King of Spain The Agitos Foundation and IPC Academy held their fi rst set of work- shops for National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) in February to improve their overall capacity to develop and support para-athletes. Participants from 13 countries were in Bonn, Germany, for the work- shops, which focused on governance, management, leadership and sport promotion. They were equipped with enough knowledge to return to their own countries where they can now deliver workshops of their own via the "train the trainer" methodology. Case study: Vanuatu Andrew Bynon, Secretary General of the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee, returned home from the fi rst Organisational Capacity Workshops and held his own sessions in Port Vila. He expressed the power of para-sport as a tool for change to his NPC's new board and the nec- essary frameworks for developing a strategic plan for the next three years. The workshops were run in two sections, one for the NPC's executive board that focused on athlete development and strategic partnerships and the second for all of the NPC's stake holders, which focused on the Paralympic brand. PARALYMPIC NEWS Russian Federation bestows high honours on IPC leaders Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin invited IPC President Sir Philip Craven and IPC Chief Executive Offi cer Xavier Gonzalez to the Kremlin in Moscow in March to present them with the Order of Honour and Order of Friendship, respectively. The two IPC representatives were among the 40-plus sport leaders and coaches who received state awards for their successful preparation and staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. The private ceremony was broadcast on Rus- sian television and marked the fi rst time in- ternational Paralympic leaders received such high honours from the Russian government. The Order of Honour recognises high achievements in government, economic, scientifi c, cultural, public, sport or chari- table activities. The Order of Friendship is presented to those who emit a special merit in strengthening co-operation, peace and friendship between nations for fruitful work on the convergence of cultures and the promotion of major projects or ventures in Russia. President Putin also presented state honours to all 30 Russian Paralympians who won gold for the host nation at the Sochi 2014 Games. Bynon said: "Using the training and resources provided by the Agitos Foundation's Organisational Capacity Programme, the VPC was able to engage in a thorough self-assessment process that was led by the VPC Board and stakeholders, collaboratively identifying strategic priorities and resulting in the creation of a VPC 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and 2014 Annual Plan." web web >> www.AgitosFoundation.org CHANGEMAKERS The Agitos Foundation published a series of ChangeMakers stories to celebrate April's United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. They featured people whose lives changed due to para-sport participation, as well as organisations that use sport for development and peace. WOMENTORING The launch event of the Agitos Foundation's WoMentoring programme took place in May in Vienna, Austria, to create more female leaders in the Paralympic Movement. Mentoring relation- ships were made between more experienced or knowledgeable women or men who have already reached a decision-making level in their career fi elds, and emerging female leaders from a European NPC or NPC member association. The Agitos Foundation's Organisational Capacity programme is providing resources to National Paralympic Committees to develop the Movement in their countries Spain's six-time Paralympic swimming champion Teresa Perales was recognised with the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit by Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, in April at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. The honour is Spain's highest recognition in sport, and Perales, the most-decorated Para lympian from her country, became the fi rst woman to receive the award. She is just one of 17 athletes in history to receive the honour. Vladimir Putin had the chance to meet with Sir Philip Craven during the Sochi 2014 Games In March, IPC President Sir Philip Craven was appointed to the rank of Offi cer in the Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur by French President Francois Hollande, the highest accolade a person can receive in France. The distinction recognises Sir Philip's commitment to the IPC, of which he has been President since 2001, and his role as an IOC member. The honour is normally reserved for French nationals and the Order has a maximum quota of 10,000 offi cers. Sir Philip received the award from the Grand Chancelier de la L├ęgion d'Honneur, who said: "Sir Philip, you're one of those outstanding fi gures whose action has helped inspire generations of young sportspeople all over the world. You've done crucial work on de- veloping high-level sport for people with a disability. Thanks to the Paralympic Games, this area of sport is experiencing unprecedented interest in France." IPC President receives Le gion d'honneur f e. Teresa Perales, a 22-time Paralympic medallist and 11-time world medallist, is honoured by Spanish royalty 7 THE PARALYMPIAN 02|2014 6 THE PARALYMPIAN 02|2014

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