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Paralympic organisational capacity workshop a success

BY ROMULUS HUTA

Participants and Officials who took part in the one-day Organisational Capacity Workshop on Monday in Honiara.

A one-day organisational capacity workshop held on Monday in Honiara ended with a success.

The workshop is organised by the Oceania Paralympic Committee (OCP) in collaboration with the Solomon Islands National Paralympic Committee.

The workshop, held at the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) conference room at Town Ground was facilitated by Casper Pule of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sports division and Collin Bynon of the OCP.

Pule is an accredited OCP educator.

The insightful workshop brings together representatives from such federations as Archery, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon and other stakeholders to discuss vital issues pertaining to the significant questions as to why the Solomon Islands National Paralympic Committee (SINPC) need to properly set up here in the country to move forward.

Pule said the importance of the workshop is to get the concerned federations to understand how they can fit in and involve in the important process of setting up a proper body for the sporting Paralympic members.

This is to cater for the growing demands of the sporting people with disability in Solomon Islands.

Bynon said the workshop is about promoting good governance in the Paralympic movement.

“Actually we’ve got few different outcomes we want to achieve.

“These programmes are funded by the Agitos Foundation who is the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

“The idea is to work towards improving the governance of the National Paralympic Committees which in turn will empower to raise the profile of Para sport within Solomon Islands communities.

“Of course it is also to develop key people in Solomon Islands by training them with the capacity to empower them to carry on with the important task ahead.

“Countries in Oceania have different situations. In Solomon Islands, it needs a lot of work in good governance because of the history that the Paralympic movement in Solomon Islands is driven by people who have passion to see this going.

“But I think this is a time to move forward and we’d like to see on-running work on the ground align with the desired patterns of good governance as required by the IPC and OPC,” Bynon, who is also a member of the OPC said.

After the completion of the workshop, the next step is to properly organise the Paralympic movement in Solomon Islands where an entity which would be called and officially recognised as the Solomon Islands National Paralympic Committee (SINPC) by the OCP and IPC be formed to carry out immense task ahead.

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