POSTED: September 8th 2011

Brazilian Paralympians inspire on International Paralympic Day

Rio was the first to stage the Parapan American Games in 2007 / Rio 2016
Rio was the first to stage the Parapan American Games in 2007 / Rio 2016

Paralympic hopefuls had the chance to learn more about the Games / Rio 2016
Paralympic hopefuls had the chance to learn more about the Games / Rio 2016

 LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Over 50 young athletes had the chance to learn about the Rio 2016 Paralympics from organizing committee officials and inspiring Brazilian Paralympians as they marked the five year date of the opening.

The group included Rio Games chief, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, ceo, Leonardo Gryner, Paralympic champions André Brasil (swimming) and Roseana Ferreira dos Santos “Rosinha” (athletics - shot put and discus throw), and world champion and Paralympic medallist Yohansson do Nascimento Ferreira (athletics - 100m and 200m) who all participated in a talk show.

The show was moderated by journalist Flávia Cintra, who has been quadriplegic since she was 18 after a car accident.

Nuzman, said, “Important lessons and experiences accrued from the Parapan American Games Rio 2007 accredited Rio to host the 2016 Paralympic Games.

“We were the first to stage the Parapan American Games at the same venues and immediately after the Pan American Games following the Olympic and Paralympic Games model.”

“The 2016 Paralympic Games will be memorable for their excellence and level of inclusion - the same values for which we have stood up since our successful campaign towards 2016.

“The Games are driving a number of structural changes and equipping the city to produce and cater for Paralympic athletes."

The event gave the Paralympians a chance to demonstrated their medals and equipment to help the young athletes get more familiar with the Paralympic program.

Rosinha added, "We should strive to make our dreams come true and commit ourselves wholeheartedly to them. I sleep with my discus and my shot as my pillows.

"The 2016 Games will leave venues we will be able to use from then on to prepare athletes and for different projects. I cannot wait to get to know each one of them."

The Rio Paralympics will take place from September 7 to 18, with 4,200 athletes from more than 150 countries. There will be 22 sports on the program including paratriathlon and paracanoe .

Keywords · Rio 2016 Paralympics · Carlos Arthur Nuzman · Leonardo Gryner · Andre Brasil · Roseana Ferreira dos Santos · Rosinha · Yohansson do Nascimento Ferreira · Flavia Cintra

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