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UPAPSA HOLDS IN THE UA THE XVI SPORTS DAY

The sport premises of the University of Alicante housed once more the provincial and regional Olympics which are organized each year by UPAPSA, Unión Provincial de Asociaciones Pro Minusválidos Psíquicos de Alicante (Provincial Union of Associations in Aid of Mentally Handicapped). A total number of 692 sportsmen and sportswemen intellectually handicapped participated in the XVI Sports Day UPAPSA which coincides with the XI Regional meeting. The event took place last 12th of November and there were competitions in athletics, football and basketball, among other sports.

38 centres were registered in a sports appointment which made possible to get together more than 1.500 people with instructors, family, trainers and volunteers, the most of them (a 60%) coming from the province of Alicante and the rest from Valencia and Murcia. Sportsmanship, motivation and the will for self-improvement were the most outstanding notes of the day.

The role of the volunteers -many of them from the Faculty of Education (Facultad de Educación) of the UA, was crucial for the organizing tasks. Many of them collaborated as instructors, judges and companions.

The importance of this appointment with sport and handicapped is evident with the attendance to the opening of the Territorial Delegate of the Sports Council of the Region of Valencia, Arturo Ruiz and of the Member of Parliament and Delegate of Women, Youth, European residents and drug dependency Mª Asunción Prieto Candela, among other important figures. The act of closing and the prize-giving were presided over by the Director of the Sports Services, Rafa García, who was given away by the organization a plaque as a sign of gratitude.

VEU - Cultural Magazine of the University of Alicante


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