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The History of the European Paralympic Youth Games

Posted 3/21/2019

The European Paralympic Committee is a project managed by the European Paralympic Committee.

 

Conceived in 2011, the Games are part of the Committee’s aim to develop the Paralympic Movement by creating a platform to inspire young European athletes aged 13-23 to take part in Paralympic Sport and begin their Paralympic journey. In addition the Games aim to reflect the highest standards of athletic excellence, thus attracting many young rising stars in the Paralympic Movement to compete.

 

The Games are seen by many as one of the first steps for new athletes on their journey to a professional sporting career, and it’s no surprise that a significant number of athletes taking part in EYPGs have gone on to represent their country at other international events.

 

This combination of relatively new para-athletes, with established rising stars in the Paralympic Movement, sets the EYPGs out as an exciting competition for competitors and spectators alike.

 

 

 

Started in 2011 and hosted every 2 years, the Games have continued to grow both in size and prestige.

 

Year

Host

Sports

Athletes

Countries

Champion

2011

Bmo, Czech Republic

5

260

13

Czech Republic

2012

Bmo, Czech Republic

11

347

14

Czech Republic

2015

Varazdin, Croatia

4

223

22

Spain

2017

Liguria, Italy

8

537

26

Germany

2019

Lahti, Finland

7+1

600+

TBD

TBD

 

The first and second editions of the EYPG were hosted in Bmo, Czech Republic in 2011 and 2012, with the Czech team topping the medal table on both occasions. 

Varazdin, Croatia hosted the third edition of the Games in 2015, with 223 athletes from 22 countries taking part in the event across four sports. Spain topped the medal table with a total of 61 medals across the competition. 

The fourth edition of the games were hosted in Liguria, Italy in 2017, with over 500 athletes from 26 countries taking part in eight sports. Germany finished at the top of the medal table, with 37 Golds, 27 Silvers and 12 Bronze medals.  

The fifth edition of the games are due to be hosted in Pajulahti, Finland from the 25th-30th June, and are set to be the biggest in EPYG history, with over 600 competitors taking part in 8 sports.

 

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