Performances to the limit of what is possible, a lot of emotions, new friendships - that was the last week in Brno. That was the European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open.
It was amazing to see the youngsters with a disability compete, feel joy from their victory, face a loss, simply live life fully.
Our organisation was represented by five volunteers – Michaela Kadlecová, Rudolf Štarha, Jiří Mesároš, Daniela Hanzlíková a Brigita Stejskalová, who helped at the sporting venues in various areas. We thank all the above-mentioned employees for our representation.
„We all are winners,“ resonated at the athletics stadium Pod Palackého vrchem during the Closing Ceremony of a unique sporting event.
The players did not take it easy on the opponents. Psyche had a great impact on the results - if you persisted, you won.
The athletes however their discipline will get new contacts, make new friends, be able to talk peer-to-peer and get a new perspective on life.
There will be a book launch during the Opening Ceremony.
The profit made by selling our ice-cream will be used for the support of athletes and the Emil Foundation If you want to have joy in your life, start giving it
7th European Youth Games for the Disabled started this evening at the VUT stadium Pod Palackého vrchem. "We want to provide the participants with an unforgettable experience. Many famous persons and our ambassadors will come to support the athletes," emphasized the Organising Committee President Pavel Zbožínek.
As the organizers have pointed out, the public will have an insight into sport activities of people with disabilities in order to remove prejudice and barriers.
„Emil Open makes sense. Disabled athletes, whether they swim or bike, are always role models to their mates who are going through a difficult time. Thanks to them they see how they can grow,“ said the city mayor Petr Vokřál.
June is round the corner and being one of the warm months it tempts us to do sport. The fact that one can do sport despite any limitations will be proved by young athletes during the European Youth Games for the Disabled.
Also Slovak athletes will participate this year. Our patient Tomáš Zajíc from Bratislava will do his best in swimming - backstroke, front crawl.
This year the organisers increased the number of adaptive sports: athletics, swimming, table tennis, golf, boccia, bocce. „Bocce is played on a grassy area and is very similar to French pétanque. "We do believe it will attract people," says Zbožínek.
The cooperation has expanded to Slovakia. A Slovak representative will be an ambassador for the first time. A successful paralympic medallist Samuel Andrejčík has joined the two Czech ambassadors, Arnošt Petráček and Jiří Ježek.
The expected number of international participants, the international concept and the sport and accompanying programme make Emil Open a unique event of a European format.