16 Jun 2014

IPC launches search for 'top Paralympic moments'

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Photo: Tommy Hindley / Professional SportEsther Vergeer (NED)

To mark its 25th anniversary this September, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today launched a global search to find the public's favourite moment from the Paralympic Movement of the last 25 years.

Taking place between 16 June-25 July, anyone can nominate their favourite moment of the last quarter of a century via a special website www.ipc25.com, dedicated to the IPC's landmark anniversary.

The moment can cover anything from a Paralympic Games, world or regional championships, or even be away from the sporting field of play. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a free prize draw to win a once in a lifetime five-day trip for two to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Following the closing date for nominations, the IPC Governing Board, led by its President Sir Philip Craven, will review all the entries and choose what they believe are the Top 25.

Then, from 29 August, the IPC will start a daily countdown via www.ipc25.com, revealing a different moment each day, until the number one moment from the last 25 years is revealed on 22 September.

Craig Spence, the IPC's Director of Media and Communications, said: "The #IPC25 campaign is one of many initiatives we are organising this year to celebrate the IPC's silver jubilee.

"We want the public to share in our celebrations and this is one way of doing so. Since the IPC was formed 25 years ago there have been many great and memorable moments within the Paralympic Movement. We want to find the best one.

"#IPC25 is a very interactive and social campaign. People can enter via the website www.ipc25.com and are encouraged to share their memories on Twitter using #IPC25. In August we will launch an interactive map plotting all the entries received. This means that in addition to finding out the Top 25 Moments, website visitors can also read and share other peoples' favourite para-sport moments from around the world."

The IPC was formed on 22 September 1989 at a meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany. More than 200 participants from 42 countries attended the historic event which created the Paralympic Movement's global governing body.

Wheelchair tennis celebrated its own 25th anniversary in 2001, the year before the sport first became part of the event competition schedule at a Grand Slam, at the Australian Open in 2002.

In 2016, the same year as the Rio Paralympic Games, wheelchair tennis celebrates 40 years since the sport was founded by Californian Brad Parks in 1976, after Parks first hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair while in rehabilitation following a freestyle skiing accident.