Ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee presents a number of Paralympic lessons in schools across Russia held by "Sochi 2014 Our Champions".
The most recent lesson was held in Sochi and was visited by Russian Paralympic athlete, Aleksandr Alyabyev, one of the most promising downhill skiers in Russia's national Paralympic team. During the visit, pupils presented an animated film they made about winter sports and Sochi ahead of the Games. The film won an award in the "children" category at the "Corti a Ponte" international short film festival in Italy. After watching the film, Aleksandr was given a tour of the school’s film studio. The festivities concluded with a sports relay and a friendly tea party.
During the lesson, Aleksandr spoke about his career as a Paralympic athlete and also about the impact the Paralympic Games in Sochi will have on attitude towards people living with disabilities in Russia. The athlete emphasized how important it is for people with disabilities to receive the active support of spectators during competitions:
"The Paralympic Games in Sochi will be one of the most important events in my career. I can’t wait to hear the sound of the crowd cheering us on, encouraging us to win. I am sure that the lessons featuring "Sochi 2014 Our Champions" will help the children learn more about Paralympic sports and will increase their interest in the upcoming Games."
Lessons on the upcoming Paralympic Games and Paralympic values will be held in Surgut, Nizhny Tagil, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Izhevsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Krasnodar, Barnaul, Saint Petersburg, and Vladikavkaz. By the end of the year, Paralympic lessons will have taken place in every Russian federal district.
Notes to the Editor
The Sochi Paralympic Winter Games will take place from 7 to 16 of March, 2014. There will be 5 Paralympic sports and 72 sets of awards. 1,650 Paralympic athletes and team members from more than 45 countries will come to the Paralympic Games.
2011 saw the start of a complex Program to raise awareness among the population of Russia about the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Values. It will last right up until 2014. Part of the Program is the Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project, the main objective of which is to promote Paralympic Values and spread information about Paralympic sportsmen and women in various federal districts of our country. The Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project is enabling people to get to know some of our Paralympians' stories, and how they have overcome difficult circumstances in their lives and managed to get on to the winner's podium at Russian and international sporting events.
The presenting partner of the Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project is Visa, a TOP Partner of the Olympic Games for more than 26 years, partner of the Paralympic Games since 2002 and General Partner of the Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi.