World Intellectual Impairment Sport confirms 2017 major events heading to Australia and France


elena schuchina editedWorld Intellectual Impairment Sport is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2017 World Intellectual Impairment Sport World Skiing Championships to France whilst the organisations 2017 General Assembly will be held in Australia.

The Pyrenean resort of Gourette will host the 10th World Intellectual Impairment Sport World Skiing Championships staging both Nordic and Alpine events.  It will be the second time France have hosted the Championships having previously staged the event in 2011.

Home favourite Antoine Maure will be looking to repeat his winning performance in 2015 taking Gold in the men’s slalom but is likely to face stiff competition from the likes of Japan and Austria.

Jean-Claude Ribert, President of the Local Organising Committee said, “France truly is pleased to host the next World Intellectual Impairment Sport World and European Alpine and Nordic Skiing championships in 2017. The Fédération Française du Sport Adapté (FFSA) conveys its deepest gratitude to World Intellectual Impairment Sport for this sign of trust”.

France hosted the 2011 World Championships in Villard de Lans, within the Vercors located in the Alps; we look forward to welcoming the delegations in the Pyrenees Mountains at the Gourette ski resort from 27 March to 1st April 2017.

The stakes are important in the perspective of the growth of the sport and its recognition at the international stage and at future Paralympic Winter Games”.

Meanwhile the organisations’ 2017 Conference and General Assembly will take place in Brisbane, Australia – venue of the 2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games. Nick Parr, World Intellectual Impairment Sport Executive Director explained “The Assembly provides an excellent opportunity for members to meet with the Local Organising Committee directly, to tour venues, and begin to lay plans for what will be a fantastic event in 2019”.

Both announcements were made during Global ID Sports Week 2016 – a week-long celebration of sport for athletes with an intellectual disability.