Virtus Vice President Robyn Smith has been elected at the IPC Annual General Assembly, as one of ten IPC Governing Board Member at Large representatives. The Virtus Governing Board has congratulated Ms. Robyn Smith on this outstanding achievement. Her election continues in the footsteps of Virtus (formerly INAS-FID) founding executive Marie Little OAM who served […]
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Virtus is seeking application for the position of Virtus Tennis Committee Member – European Region (voluntary). This is an exciting position suitable for coaches and sports practitioners with a good understanding of elite tennis, particularly for athletes with an impairment. Virtus Sports Committees lead and manage our sport and competition programme. In particular they are […]
We would like to draw your attention to the WADA 2022 list of banned substances and methods, which comes into effect on 1st January 2022. It is particularly important that all Virtus athletes and support staff are aware of the changes, particularly the new guidance around the use of Glucorticoids. The anti-doping page has been updated to […]
We are delighted to publish the results of the 5th Para Equestrian Video competition. This years competition attracted more athletes than ever before and enabled the inclusion of a team award. There was gold medals for Sonia Vilalba (ESP), Alejandro Espejo (ESP) and Anna Beem (USA), whilst both Spain and Germany took the Team awards. […]
We are pleased to invite you to join the next in our series of webinars: ATHLETE LEADERSHIP How sport can contribute to enhancing athletes’ self-confidence, employability and leadership skills 25th October 2021 at 1300 UK (1200GMT) For this webinar Virtus is delighted to present Dr. Alba Roldan Romero as our guest speaker. Dr. Romero is leading a European […]
We are pleased to confirm that the 2021 Virtus World Swimming Championships have been rearranged to take place in Montlucon, France in December. Due to the short entry time available we encourage all member organisations who are planning to enter the event to contact the LOC immediately to notify them of your intention. The event […]
We are pleased to invite you to join the next in our series of webinars: Tokyo Paralympic Games Review 4th October 2021 at 1300 UK (1200GMT) Following the incredible Tokyo Paralympics, we are delighted to be joined by a number of medal-winning athletes who will share their experience of the Games, including: 1. Peter Palos(HUN) gold medalist- […]
Virtus has today published its annual report for 2020, a year that was substantially affected by the global pandemic. Despite the difficulties – including the cancellation of almost the entire competition programme – there were many positive steps taken to support athletes and member organisations, including the launch of the Virtus Strategic Plan for 2021-2024. […]
By Mousumi Mazumdar & Rebekah Thornton It was an intense day on the Tracks for the T20 Men and Women 400m Heats. While the world was focused on the defending champion, Daniel Martins (BRA), the newcomers swooped in and amazed everyone with their spectacular performance in Heat-1. Dieng Ndiaga (ITA), Anderson Alexander Colorado Mina (ECU), […]
Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport is looking for high-quality and experienced Sport Directors to grow its sports over the coming four years. Sport Directors are responsible for leading, managing and growing the Virtus sports and competition programme in line with the organisational vision. Sport Directors act as the Chairperson of the relevant Sport Committee and, […]
Reece Dunn- The Golden boy from Tokyo 2020 ParalympicsReece Dunn is an athlete with an intellectual Impairment from Great Britain. He won 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and emerged as the most decorated athlete with an Intellectual Impairment. He was also the most successful British athlete.
Presentation of the Virtus para equestrian video competition 2021 (senior section)
Presentation of the Virtus para equestrian video competition 2021 (youth section)
Breanna Clarke (USA) Gold Medallist Tokyo 2020 Paralympic GamesBreanna Clarke (USA) Gold Medallist Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 400m (T20) shares her Games experience.
MakingInvisibleVISIBLE - Celebrating Tokyo 2020 Paralympians in Intellectual Impairment class eventsThe Paralympians who competed at Tokyo2020 in Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis in the intellectual impairment class events. 63 Medals. 120 Athletes. You shine like stars!
Photo credit: OIS Photos
Athletes with Intellectual Impairment at Tokyo2020 Paralympic GamesAt the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, athletes with intellectual impairments competed in 22 medal events across Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis. This is a short highlights reel of some of the images from Tokyo2020, thanks to OISPhotos and ITTF.
Todd "the HULK" HodgettsBefore leaving Tokyo, Todd the Hulk shared with Virtus some of his thoughts.
Tokyo will be Todd's third consecutive Paralympic Games, the most any Australian athlete with an intellectual impairment has ever competed at.
Virtus - Our place in the human raceAcross the world, there are between 156-250 million people who live with a disability that is not visible. Source: WHO Report on Disability 2011.
Intellectual Impairment knows no boundaries. It cuts across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic backgrounds, and it can occur in any family.
There is a solution - SPORTS.
Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport for 35 years has been on a mission to drive the development of elite sport worldwide for athletes with an intellectual impairment. But, like our athletes, Virtus has been invisible, mainly making a visible global impact every four years during the Global Games, which qualifies some ID athletes to compete at Paralympics in Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis only.
It's our time, to balance the scales and see millions of people have opportunities and access to sport, advocate for more inclusion of athletes and sports, and change the world for athletes with ID.