Paralympics Ireland is to host the 2013 European Paralympic Committee General Assembly and Conference. The event will be held in Dublin on the 4th and 5th of October.
The biennial event will be attended by delegates from almost 50 countries in Europe and is one of the principle Paralympic gatherings worldwide this year. It will come just a month before the annual assembly of the International Paralympic Committee and will put Ireland in the spotlight as a central point for similar major international sporting conferences.
Paralympics Ireland pitched the bid as their contribution to the Gathering 2013 and the success of that bid was recognised by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Mr. Michael Ring T.D. “This will be a great honour for Paralympics Ireland and indeed for Irish Sport as a whole to host such a prestigious event.”
“I am confident that delegates attending this event will be pleased with the quality of infrastructure and services available here in Ireland.”
President of the European Paralympic Committee, Mr. John Petersson from Denmark commented: “The members of the European Paralympic Committee are looking forward to gathering in Dublin for this important EPC General Assembly and Conference. The plans for the event put in place by Paralympics Ireland are of the highest quality and will guarantee a very enjoyable few days in Dublin for all delegates.”
The last Biennial meeting took place in Moscow in 2011 but the massive success of the Paralympic Games at London 2012 has lifted the organisation to greater prominence than has eve been the case and this assembly will be one of the first international gatherings to reflect on that success and plan for the future.
It will also be an opportunity for sponsors and supporters of Paralympics Ireland to gather international recognition for their part ion the success of the Irish team last year.
Allianz is a major partner of the movement around the world and the Irish activation of the national sponsorship throughout last year was viewed very favourably at the firm’s Munich Headquarters.
Cadbury, Vodafone, Renault, Topaz and OCS are among the other main sponsors of Paralympics Ireland last year who may be involved in the staging of this event while Moran Hotels and Cityjet may also reap benefit of their partnerships ahead of London 2012.
Ireland has hosted the Annual International Sailing Conference in the past year and is well equipped to bring together annual events of a governing or administrative nature that will be supported by Government and produce genuine economic benefit for the host city and beyond.
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