BlazeSports International Heads to Brazil – Host of 2016 Paralympic Games

Where in the world is BlazeSports International? Our international sport development team – Stuart Sharp and Felipe Rodrigues – spent last week in Brazil to provide training and build partnerships in preparation for Rio 2016.

Stuart Sharp, BlazeSports Director of International Development and Head of Technical Control and International Classifier for CPISRA, presented at the CPISRA Classification Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil November 28 – December 2, 2012. BlazeSports is the USA national member organization of the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) which is a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee.

During the conference, Stuart presented CPISRA ‘s 7- a- side Football’s new 5 year development plan and steps that are being implemented to support the transition of the sport becoming an independent body. Along with Dr Raúl Reina, Stuart facilitated a discussion on potential research project proposals on sports specific norms of those involved in CP football.

The international team then met with potential partner organizations including the Brazilian National Association of Sport for People with Physical Disability, Instituto Superar (Professional Paralympic Sport Club), and CERVIM (Rehabilitation Center that provides sport programs) to discuss potential future projects within the country.

The 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio will mark the 20th year anniversary of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics Games. As the legacy of these games, BlazeSports’ goal is to provide knowledge and expertise gained over the last two decades to support the host city in delivering sport development opportunities.

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