For the first time, Para-Taekwondo will play a part in the IWAS Games programme, according to games.iwasf.com
IWAS stands for The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports World Games, is a multi-sport competition for athletes with a disability, which under the former name of the International Stoke Mandeville Games were the forerunner of the Paralympic Games. The competition has been formerly known as the World Wheelchair and Amputee Games, the Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Games, the Stoke Mandeville Games, the World Wheelchair Games, and in the 1960s and 1970s was often referred to as the Wheelchair Olympics.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation are delighted to announce that they will stage the 10th World Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium in the UK between the 3rd to the 8th August 2014.
This year’s IWAS World Junior Games 2014 will take place in Stoke Mandeville, UK from August 3 to 8.
Taekwondo is set to take place as a demonstration sport at the IWAS World Junior Games 2014, what better place to show everyone what the sport is about.
In March 2014 the IPC announced that Para–Taekwondo had been selected to move forward to the second rounds of Paralympic Sports to be added to the 2020 Paralympic Games Programme.
IWAS is excited to be able to include Para–Taekwondo in our multi sport competitions for athletes aged under 23, and therefore hopefully inspire future athletes for the sport.
According to iwasf.com, the Age group is under 23 and the Games will provide valuable competition for all up and coming youngsters and 2016 Rio Paralympic prospects and will take place just before the IPC European Athletic Championships that will be staged in Swansea, UK.
“IWAS is pleased that we can return to Stoke Mandeville in 2014 where the 10th IWAS World Junior Games will revive the ‘Spirit’ of the International Stoke Mandeville Games.” stated IWAS Games Committee Chairperson, Dina Sotiriadi.
The success of the Stoke Mandeville bid means that some of the World’s best young athletes will have the opportunity to compete at an elite level of sport at the home of the Paralympic movement and will take place nine years after the first ever World Junior Games held at Stoke Mandeville.
A number of current London 2012 Paralympians will be expected to compete and past youngsters including Marcel Hug (SUI), Nathan Stephens (GBR) and Madison De Rozario (AUS) first major competition was at previous World Junior Games.
It will also provide the British public with an opportunity once again to show their support to some of the World best Paralympic athletes. In his response the IWAS President Paul DePace said “IWAS is fortunate to be able to build on the legacy of London 2012 by the renewed interest and especially so in Buckinghamshire – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.”