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Paralympic Games

Highlights from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games are the world's top competitions for athletes with an impairment can demonstrate their individuality and unique abilities. Paralympian showcase how they can do instead of what they can’t do. Their performances also make you aware the importance of reducing barriers in society and transforming your mindset.
The Paralympic Games take place shortly after every Olympic Games in the same host city.

Paralympic values

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) adopted Paralympic value: Courage, Determination, Inspiration, and Equality.

Para athletes through their performances showcase to the world what can be achieved when testing your body to its absolute limits
Para athletes have a unique strength of character that combines mental toughness, physical ability and outstanding agility to produce sporting performances that regularly redefine the boundaries of possibility
As role models, Para athletes maximise their abilities, empowering and exciting others to be active and participate in sport
Through sport, Para athletes celebrate diversity and show that difference is a strength. As pioneers for inclusion, they challenge stereotypes, transform attitudes and break down social barriers and discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Paralympic symbol

The Paralympic Symbol is the Three Agitos design consisting of three elements in red, blue and green – these are the three colours that are most widely represented in national flags around the world.
"Agito" is Latin for "I move". This Symbol expresses Para athletes are constantly inspiring and exciting the world with their performances: always moving forward and never giving up.

Related teaching materials

Official Paralympic Toolkit “I’mPOSSIBLE”
I’mPOSSIBLE is designed for teachers to engage young learners between the ages of 6-12 years. It provides a range of easy-to-use lesson ideas introducing learners to the Paralympic values, Para sports and inspirational achievements from around the world.
For further information, please contact a National Paralympic Committee of your country.