INAS Global Games Just 1 Year Away!

It’s just one year to go to the next Inas Global Games! September 20th 2014 marked a significant moment for Inas, the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability, and FEDEDI, the FederaciĆ³n Ecuatoriana de Deportes para Personas con Discapacidad Intelectual, at it marks exactly 1 year until the opening ceremony of the 2015 Inas Global Games.

Stephen Morris in action at London 2012

The Games take place every four years and provide elite competition in 8 sports. More than 1,000 athletes representing 40 nations are expected to attend the 4th edition of the event which takes place in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2015.

President of the Organising Committee Juan Carlos Araujo explained, “With one year to go, we are pleased to invite organisations around the world to be involved in this incredible event – as sponsors, as suppliers and as supporters. We believe this is a unique and exciting opportunity for companies to get behind para-sport stars of the future”.

Stephen Morris, aged 26 from Cardiff, Great Britain competed in the 2011 Inas Global Games and London 2012 Paralympic Games in the T20 1500m “My first Global Games were very special to me. I made the 800m final and came 6th. The UK Sports Association, the Inas member organisation in the UK, helped to get me into the Global Games. Gerwyn from Disability Sports Wales has been a great help for me over the last one and a half years too. The Global Games helped me get to know the athletes before the Paralympics in 2012. It was a great practice to get me ready for the Paralympics and I’m now hoping to get to Rio 2016! I am really looking forward to the 2015 Global Games. I am hoping to get to the finals and to get into the top 3!”

“The Global Games is an important event on the sporting calendar”, remarks Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, UK Sports Association. “We plan to send a strong British Team to the event, but need the support of funders and business to make it happen. British athletes with learning disability selected to the Global Games Team do not receive any funding from the vast pots available in sport and will have to fundraise for the privilege of representing Great Britain at the Global Games. Policy needs to change to support these talented athletes and our work in preparing them for the rigours of international competition.”

The event kicks off on 20th September 2015 with a spectacular opening ceremony in the Alberto Spencer stadium with capacity for 42.000 people in Guayaquil and concludes 7 days later.

For more information on the GB Team contact the UK Sports Association. For more information on Inas see www.inas.org.