A ceremony to see off the Vietnamese Paralympics delegation to London 2012 Paralympic Games - London 2012 was held on July 18th, 2012 at De Nhat Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.
The Vietnamese Paralympic team consists of 19 members, led by Mr Pham Van Tuan, Deputy Head of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training. This includes 11 athletes, 4 coaches, 1 doctor, 1 interpreter, competing in athletics, swimming, and power-lifting.
After the ceremony, the 17-member team, led by Mr. Vu The Phiet, departs Vietnam for Ireland where they will undertake a three-week training course from July 19th to August 9th 2012. The team will then move on to the Bradford College in the UK on July 10th for the next training programme before their participation in the Paralympic Games 2012.
In Ireland, the team will be based in the University of Limerick Sports Arena. They will train in state-of-the-art training facilities, and have the opportunity to acclimatise.
The Vietnamese Paralympic athletes will also be invited to participate in the Morton Pre-Games which is scheduled for July 25th in Dublin, to practice and compete with Irish athletes and athletes from other countries.
All accommodation and training expenses are funded by Irish Aid and Irish Sports Council.
This hospitality was made possible through Irish Aid Programme, in partnership with the Irish Sports Council. All expenses for the team’s training in Ireland, including accommodation, meals, and training facilities will be co-funded by Irish Aid and Irish Sports Council.
“This is the first time in the history of our participation in the Paralympic Games, the Vietnamese Paralympic athletes have the opportunity to do training programme in Europe in advance of a major tournament. By training with international standard equipments and in ideal training and living conditions in Ireland, we do hope that team will be best prepared physically, technically, and psychologically to build-up for high achievements in competition in London this time. Viet Nam participated in the three previous Paralympic Games, but this year we have the best preparation and we hope that the athletes will come home with medals” . Said Mr. Vu The Phiet, Vice President and General Secretary of Vietnam Paralympic Association.
“Ireland is delighted to host the Vietnam Paralympics team for training in the build-up to the London 2012 Paralympics .. Viet Nam is amongst the 15 countries which have chosen Ireland as a training base in the run-up to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The athletes will be provided with the best training facilities and conditions in the University of Limerick Sports Arena. I can assure that you will be given the warmest welcome and hospitability in Ireland”, said Mr. Garvan McCann, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ireland in Viet Nam.
Qualifying standard A athlete Nguyen Thi Hai said “All the preparations have been done and everything is ready. We will do our best in training to make our dreams come true. We have been well briefed about the training conditions and facilities in Ireland and the team are well psychologically prepared”.
Information of training venue in Ireland: http://www.universityarena.com/
Information of Morton Pre-Games in Dublin: http://mortongames.ie/
For detail information, images of training and competition, please contact:
Mr Hoang Anh,
Vietnam Paralympics Association Office
No. 12 Trinh Hoai Duc street, Hanoi.
Tel: (04) 37335033
Cell: 0909399669 / 0962218888
For detail information of training period in Ireland and Irish Aid Programme, please contact:
Embassy of Ireland
2nd floor, Sentinel Place
41A Ly Thai To street, Hanoi
Tel: (04) 39743291; (04) 39387809
Fax: (04) 39749295
Ms. Pham Hanh Nguyen (email: email@example.com)
Irish Aid’s programme in Vietnam focuses on reducing poverty among the most marginalised groups; and promoting inclusive economic growth. Irish Aid supports people with disability by creating employment and economic opportunities, increased acceptance and empowerment of people with disability are among important objectives, more specifically: (i) Improved access to social and economic opportunities for people with disability; (ii) Strengthened voice, representation and networking for people with disability; (iii) Increased acceptance and empowerment of people with disability, challenging stigma and highlighting their contribution to society and their rights as full citizens.
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