President's Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam | SASCOC - SASCOC

President’s Voice ÔÇô Gideon Sam

This update comes to you from an altitude of 10363 metres at a groundspeed of 892km per hour, with just over five hours to go before I touchdown back home at Oliver Tambo International airport.

We are in the airspace over Entebbe in Uganda and the Emirates flight is on course. We’re on our way back from Beijing in China, where the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) held its congress. It was a very successful congress and the strides taken by the IPC to advance the sport of people with disabilities is just unbelievable.

You sit down and debate and have tea with people so dedicated to their cause that you feel completely out of place at times. The debates and inputs are so genuine and the president, Sir Philip Craven, keeps pointing out how the various regions of the organisation contribute towards making the IPC so strong.

We came away as the National Paralympic Committee in our country, quite determined to make the African Paralympic Committee (APC) stronger. The Angolan government has made offices available for the APC and we as members must now make our contributions to strengthen the Paralympic movement on the continent.

There is so much that can be done because so many people have been disabled because of the wars in many countries on our continent. The APC should be a vehicle to give individuals who, through no fault of their own became disabled, a chance to rebuild their lives in sport.

It is time to close the door and find a place to recharge the batteries and be ready for a great year, the year of the Olympics and Paralympics. The year of 2012 will also call upon us to  implement the resolutions of the Sports Indaba.

January will see the Wednesday school programme kicking off. It is a full year ahead of us on our return from the festive break and I am sure people will need to a good break.

So here’s hoping you all use the festive break to re-connect with family and friends because we often tend to forget them in the rat race during the year.

A very merry Christmas to the readers of this update and may all your dreams come true in the New Year.

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