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Zagreb’s Festival of Equal Opportunities gives sitting volleyball players an opportunity to shine

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Rea Giba, Vlatka Spoljaric, Zora Herceg, Ivana Pavic, Ružica Pejnović-modrić and Lana Rosić in action in Zagreb. Image credit: IOK Zagreb

On Thursday in Zagreb, Croatia, the Festival of Equal Opportunities (Croatian: Festival Jednakih Mogućnosti) took place that featured a mini-sitting volleyball tournament.  Four teams took part including  IOK Zagreb, KISO Hrabri, KSO Knin 95, and volunteers.

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IOK Zagreb was there after having won the national league at the end of April. Slavonskog Broda, who were not participating here, finished second in the league.

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A team meeting during the festival. Image credit: Vlatka Spoljaric

Among the players taking part were Ružica Pejnović-Modrić, Lana Rosić, Rea Giba and Vlatka Spoljaric who are members of Croatia’s national team that is currently ranked ninteenth in the world behind local rival Hungary.

The purpose was two-fold, to give volleyball players a chance to demonstrate their skills and to promote a land mine free Croatia. The festival itself ends today, with over 600 people with disabilities taking part in an attempt to bring greater awareness to issues facing people with different needs in the country. The festival included a number of other educational events and performances.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2521 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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