Supporting Champions!

by International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS)
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2020 Virtus World Indoor Athletics - Poland
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Whilst for many the highlight of 2020 will undoubtedly be the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, for another group of athletes the year marks the start of the new four-year event cycle that will culminate in the 2023 Virtus Global Games. Its a year when we often see many new athletes entering competition for the first time, as they begin their journey towards international success.

Our competition year began in February with the Virtus World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland which saw a number of world records falling, whilst later in the year the worlds best tennis players with an intellectual impairment will take to the court in Belgium. However, like many sporting organisations, our plans have been affected by the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak forcing the postponement of the European Winter Games (due to have been held in Italy) until the end of year. 

'Supporting Champions' aims to help more athletes with an intellectual impairment achieve international success. Now is a great time to get behind the project as the stars of the future begin their journey. As a reminder of what is at stake, please take a few moments to watch the highlights of the last Global Games held in Brisbane last October (link below). 

We appreciate everyone who has supported this project as we work towards our target - please do visit our website where you can read about the athletes we support in their quest for international glory. 


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Welcome to all our supporters. 

2019 has been extremely exciting year for our organisation as we continue to set new records and standards - more athletes are now registered with us, from more nations and in more sports than ever before. The 5th Global Games, which took place in October in Brisbane - Australia, set a new standard for our event programme with 10 sports livestreamed to a global audience for the very first time. 

We saw some incredible performances during the week-long competition, with more than 800 athletes from 50 nations taking part. 

The Games also saw us launch our new brand. After more than 30 years as INAS, we are now 'Virtus - World Intellectual Impairment Sport'.

This fresh look comes with a new set of values that define the athletes we serve and where we fit in the global sporting landscape: 

Athlete values

Our new athlete values define the people we serve, guiding and inspiring us in our work to build high performance sport for people with intellectual impairments.

  • Character

Athletes display incredible strength of character both on and off the field of play. They work hard, overcome set-backs and never give-up. They are important ambassadors for sport for people with intellectual impairments, showing others what can be achieved and breaking down barriers.

  • Excellence

Athletes strive to reach the top of the podium, to improve themselves and their performances with every sprint, swim, throw, shot and move. Through this they change perceptions and push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible.

  • Courage

It takes great courage to train and perform, to put yourself and your body on the line to reach the best in your sport. With their immense achievements, athletes change perceptions.

  • Integrity

Athletes with integrity play honestly and fairly, always respecting the rules and results.

Our role

  • Promotes

We strive to ensure that as many people as possible know about high performance sports for athletes with intellectual impairments and the opportunities that exist to compete at an international level.

We also aim to ensure that everyone is aware of the amazing achievements of the athletes, so that they can enjoy better support and recognition.

  • Advocates

We ensure that the rights of athletes with intellectual impairments are recognised and considered in the global sports landscape.

We also work with sports governing bodies to ensure athletes with intellectual impairments have the opportunity to compete under their banner.

  • Governs

We oversee the development and growth of elite sport for people with intellectual impairments at the highest level. This includes setting rules and ensuring fair play in areas such as anti-doping.

  • Organises

We work with our member countries to organise major international events for athletes with intellectual impairments such as world and regional Championships in 14 sports, supported by global governing bodies. This ensures athletes can compete regularly at the highest levels against the best in the world.

We also take care of eligibility, ensuring that those athletes who compete at our events have a recognised impairment. For some, this is their first step towards the Paralympic Games. Our role for eligibility also includes training and education for national officers so that countries can develop their own pool of competitors.

Looking ahead...

But we still need your help. For every athlete that competed at Brisbane 2019 there are thousands more who do not have the chance to do sport for themselves, let alone reach the highest levels.

Please consider supporting our Global Athlete Foundation or share this story with friends and family.

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Dear Supporters

There's just a little more than one month to go until the worlds best athletes with an intellectual impairment culminate years of training and preparation for the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane, Australia. 

We're on course for the largest entry yet, with more nations and more athletes than ever before hoping for medal success in the largest sports programme to be offered in the Games.

You can read about some of the athletes competing on the INAS website

Supporting Champions in all about ensuring more athletes have the opportunity to compete at the highest level. We're still some way off our target, but hope by the next edition of the Games in 2023, our Athlete Foundation programme is up and running and helping even more athletes. 

If you have not already done so, please sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear news about Brisbane and the 2019 INAS Global Games. 

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Supporting Champions is all about giving the worlds best athletes with an intellectual impairment the opportunity to realise their ambition and potential on the global stage. 

It is now just under 5 months until the opening ceremony of the 2019 INAS Global Games - the pinnacle of our 4 year cycle - where athletes from 10 sports come togetehr for a Paralympic-style event. This event is the  5th edition of the Games and promises to be the biggest yet with more athletes, more nations, more sports and more medals up for grabs.

You can read about some of the athletes who are preparing for the Games on the INAS website as they tell their story about their hopes and medal ambitions.   

We'll be using the Games to highlight Supporting Champions as we remain quite some way from reaching our target. If we can acheive this then we can begin our programme of grant support as we head into the new 4 year cycle and the 2023 Global Games. 

Please help us to grow awareness of the project by sharing this newsletter with family and friends, and please visit the INAS website where we will be posting more information about the Global Games as we get closer to the opening ceremony. 

Thankyou to all our supporters.  


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Dear Supporters

We would like to wish everyone who supported INAS over the past year a very happy and successful 2019. This is a big year for INAS as it sees our 4-year competition programme culminate in the INAS Global Games - the worlds largest sporting event for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment. 

This 5th edition is expected to attract more than 1000 athletes from 50 nations around the world and features the largest competition programme of the Games to date. You can follow our preparations for Bribane 2019 - which kick off on October 12th - by following our social media channels or signing up for our monthly newsletter. 

2018 was a very successful year for our first ever crowdfund campaign which saw us reaching more than 20% of our target amount. The new year provides new opportunities and we'll be promoting 'Supporting Champions' throughout the year. You can help by forwarding this email to family and friends and encouraging them to get behind us. 

We hope that 2019 provides new opportuntiies for you - and we look forward to sharing ours with you over the coming months. 

With best wishes

Marc Truffaut

INAS President

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International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS)

Location: Sheffield - United Kingdom
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