Yesterday, Snows Sports NZ announced they were recipients of a Agitos Foundation grant through the 2014 Grant Support Programme (GSP).
The organization plans to use the grant to support five key areas related to Paralympic winter sport in New Zealand. These include holding talent identification camps, having current Paralympians mentor the next generation of winter sport athletes, classifying new sportspeople so they can compete in future events, developing able bodied coaches so they can assist as technical coaches and assistants for the disability side of sport, and increasing collaboration between Australian and New Zealand winter sport. They plan to have a particular focus on developing women and youth’s sport.
GSPs applications closed on May 5 of this year, and are specifically aimed at supporting National Paralympic Committees (NPC), Regional Organizations, International Federations and their athletes in working towards competing at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeonchang and the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokoyo.
The Agitos Foundation was specifically looking to use 2014 GSPs from NPC to support Paralympic Movement awareness, athlete education, athlete development, sport technical education, capacity building and leadership, and national classification strategies. They had allocated €650,000 for GSPs recipients this year.