A table tennis player with an intellectual impairment

World Intellectual Impairment Sport goes digital to celebrate International Day of Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment

World Intellectual Impairment Sport has launched a new-look website and Instagram account, to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment on 3 December.

The world’s leading high performance sports organisation for this impairment group is publishing a series of videos across social media of athletes talking about how sport has impacted their lives. The day also coincides with the Unites Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The powerful messages include US tennis world champion Brittany Tagliareni:

“Tennis has made me a better person both physically and mentally. I am more coordinated than I have ever been before in my life and I am more confident. This confidence helps me make new friends. I love playing tennis because it challenges me to be the best that I can be, every day.”

South Africa footballer Chadley Jacobs used the opportunity to offer some words of wisdom:

“I want to encourage those today: hard work pays off and what you put in is what you are going to get out at the end of the day. Never doubt yourself and never let anyone tell you that you can never make it.”

Speaking in his own video message, World Intellectual Impairment Sport President, Marc Truffaut, said:

“I have been struck by the amount of athletes who have said that sport has helped them with their communication skills and confidence, and in many cases to find employment and make new friends.”

“The response to our call has been fantastic. It’s really great to be able to show everyone the impact sport has on athletes with intellectual impairments from all over the world.

“I would like to wish all our athletes and members a very happy and successful International Day of Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment.”

All videos can be viewed at World Intellectual Impairment Sport’ Youtube channel.

The re-designed World Intellectual Impairment Sport website (www.inas.org) features a fresher, simpler look. A new layout will also make it easier for sports fans and the media to find key information about competitions and athletes. World Intellectual Impairment Sport members can still find the same content under a new ‘countries’ tab.

New and updated content and features will be added on a regular basis as World Intellectual Impairment Sport makes its mission as a leading high performance sports organisation clearer to all its stakeholders. Alongside this, a new Instagram account (@inas_sports) will sit alongside Facebook and Twitter as the organisation expands its social media presence.

“Our website and social media are the most important tools we have to showcase athletes and our work,” Truffaut continued. “We are determined to maximise their potential, whilst being as transparent, engaging and informative as we can be.”

Anyone wishing to support the world’s best athletes can visit the support us pages of the World Intellectual Impairment Sport website.