International Paralympic Committee
LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation Positive Energy Prize Laureate International Paralympic Committee

LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation Positive Energy Prize Laureate International Paralympic Committee

2017
Prize Category 3: Positive Energy Prize
Specific Area of Focus: Promotion of Harmony among Diverse Groups

International Paralympic Committee

CITATION

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is awarded the LUI Che Woo Prize 2017 in the Positive Energy category, with the Specific Area of Focus on “Promotion of Harmony among Diverse Groups”.

The IPC has had a tremendous positive impact by bringing together Para athletes from around the world in celebration and competitive participation in sports. In doing so it has helped to change long-held biases towards people with an impairment and made the Paralympic Games a symbol of social inclusion and awareness.

Founded in 1989, the IPC has transformed itself from a small disability sports organisation into one of the world’s most widely respected sport organisations, making the Paralympic Games comparable to the Olympic Games.  It is able to feature the world’s best Para athletes, who have gone on to become global heroes.  Its work has resulted in massive infrastructure improvements for people with an impairment, substantially increased funding for Paralympic sports, and major improvements in athlete training and performance.

The IPC and the Paralympic Movement have inspired and offered hope to so many, making what was once perceived as impossible “possible”, and in so doing generated enormous positive energy.  Over the years, the Paralympic Games have dissolved barriers, making for a more inclusive society through achievement and excellence in sports, and celebrating the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and challenges.

 

BACKGROUND

As the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) aspires to make for a more inclusive society for people with an impairment through Para sport.

Founded in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1989 as an international non-profit organisation, the IPC is now based in Bonn, Germany, employing around 100 people.

The IPC executes and leads the direction of the Paralympic Movement, a global network of individuals and organisations brought together through their commitment to provide sporting opportunities for all Para athletes in the belief that it will contribute to a better world with equal opportunities for all.

The IPC’s vision is to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.  In trying to achieve this vision, the IPC and Paralympic Movement has adopted and follows four athlete focussed values: courage, determination, equality and inspiration.

As part of the IPC’s role, it supervises the organisation of the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games.  In recent years the Paralympic Games have developed into the world’s number one sport event for driving social inclusion.  Watched by millions of spectators and billions of TV viewers around the world, the performances of Para athletes have acted as a catalyst to people changing their attitudes and perceptions of people with an impairment.

The IPC also serves as the International Federation for 10 sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates World Championships and other competitions.

Launched in 2012, the Agitos Foundation is the IPC’s development division and has become the leading global organisation for developing Para sport as a tool for changing lives and contributing to an inclusive society for all.