The Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKPC&SAPD) has launched the six-year Strategic Development Plan (Project 2026) that aims to boosts its Para sports movement.
The Project 2026 sets to drive sport movement in Hong Kong by enhancing Hong Kong team’s high performance, increasing sport participation of the physically and visually impaired, arousing public awareness and recognition, and strengthening stakeholders’ involvements.
The plan covers the period of two Paralympic Games and two Asian Para Games, with 10 strategic goals identified.
The first of the goals include sustaining current tier A (elite) sports performance and growing more sports to tier (elite) level.
Focus on para sport participation and talent identification
The Project 2026 also aims to establish effective and sustainable feeder training pathway, increase sport participation, develop more para sports in collaboration with counterparts and advocate exercise as a way of life to the impaired.
It will also maximise promotion and publicity effectiveness, further engage stakeholders in para sports development, enhance the role of friends of HKPC&SAPD and contribute to para sports science and classification in Asia.
Dr. James LAM, Chairman of the HKPC&SAPD said: “Para sport has become very competitive. Formulating long-term strategic development plan enables the HKPC&SAPD to keep abreast of the times to meet challenges. Project 2026 represents the collective views of members of the Executive Committee and Subcommittees, coaches, and Secretariat staff after times of in-depth analysis and extensive discussion. The 10 strategic goals and related action plans span from the grassroots all the way up to the elite level, in particular, broadening grassroots participation and recruiting novice athletes are of utmost importance.”
First phase includes Boccia Regional Training Programme
The first phase of the Project 2026 has kick started with the Boccia Regional Training Programme in six regions while a task force has been set up to develop coaching manual of the four Tier A sports, namely boccia, Para badminton, Para table tennis and wheelchair fencing.
In collaboration with the Judo Association of Hong Kong, China, visually impaired participants will be included in abled-bodied judo training programme next month.
HKPC&SAPD is also conducting survey on physically impaired students in local primary and secondary schools to understand the population and their participation in Physical Education lessons. The data collected would be critical for the formulation of effective programmes.
Dr. LAM expressed sincere gratitude for support from all sectors and added that, HKPC&SAPD will leverage its 50 years of experiences and advantages to work collectively with their stakeholders and the public in actualising the vision and missions – enabling Hong Kong Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and promoting Paralympic Movement.