Crown Princess opens ISAPA symposium in Gävle
The Crown Princess at the opening of the 17th International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) in Gävle. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix
On Tuesday 23 June, The Crown Princess opened the 17th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) in Gävle.
In her opening speech, The Crown Princess said: “I have had the honour of following the important work and innovative activities of the Swedish Development Centre for Disability Sport on several occasions, as well as the work of both the Swedish and the international Paralympic committees. One example is the Paralympic schools day that was organised during the Paralympic Games. I have met so many remarkable and capable people, that I have to say that this is not about incapability in the form of disabilities, but rather about capability."
The Crown Princess participated in two seminars following the opening. The first seminar was led by Doctor Alan Kirk, professor at Kennesaw State University ,USA.Doctor Kirk spoke about the importance of physical training for rehabilitation in the event of posttraumatic stress. The second seminar was held by Professor Gert-Peter Brüggemann, professor at the German Sport University in Köln. The seminar focused on the Pistorius case, a much publicised South African 400-metre runner who had both legs amputated below the knee, who wanted to take part in the Olympic Games in Beijing and not only in the Paralympics.