The Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and NGO “Belarusian Federation of Physical Culture and Sports for Persons with Disabilities” annually carry out the Republican sports competition for children with locomotor system disorders. Children with disabilities at the age of 8-17 who live in residential institutions in the Republic of Belarus gather together to demonstrate their abilities and their desire to be equal with other people.
The Republican sports competition for children with locomotor system disorders was held in the Olympic sports complex “Staiki” from October 6 to October 8, 2017. Children from NGO “BelAPDIiMI” were also invited to participate in the competition.
The competition has been held in this sports complex for many years. Why? Because “Staiki” is a Republican Olympic centre, where national teams of the Republic of Belarus are trained (more than 20 sports), which is located in a picturesque pine forest close to a man-made lake. Moreover, it is also a wonderful place for tourism, rest and rehabilitation. Heightened biological activity of this territory was registered by the specialists; it means that fully recuperation and rest are guaranteed there. Rare birds and wild animals live here and they are attracted by salubrious pine air and natural springs.
55 persons from 2 regions of Belarus and from Minsk participated in the competition this year. There were 3 teams: children from Ivenets residential institution, children from Rechitsa residential institution and children from NGO “BelAPDIiMI”. Young sportsmen competed with each other in several sports. The participants demonstrated their unlimited possibilities. Surely, it wasn’t easy, but thanks to youngsters’ purposefulness and unbelievable strength of mind they managed to achieve much success.
The organizers of the activity created comfortable conditions for living and provided balanced feeding. Sports grounds were equipped with modern equipment which was a stimulus for the participants of the competition. It helped them to show good results. Almost all the competitions were held out of doors, so the youngsters spent much time in the open air.
On the 8th of October, the solemn closing of the sports competition was held. The youngsters from our organization became members of a very coherent team, where all for one and one for all. As a result, the NGO “BelAPDIiMI”-team won 3d place in team classification, 3d place in active games, 2d place in sitting pioneer ball and 1st place in athletics. However, positive emotions and good mood became the most precious prizes for our participants! It is necessary to mention that such activities are very important both for persons with disabilities and for our society.
NGO “BelAPDIiMI” is thankful to Belarusian Federation of Physical Culture and Sports for Persons with Disabilities for cooperation and support provided to children with disabilities. We hope that we will participate in the sports competition next year and will become winners again!