Always Together for People Sports Association (Asociația Sportivă Mereu Împreună pentru Oameni) is opening the registrations for the third edition of the National Competition of Pool Played in a Wheelchair, the biggest sports event of this type, for the people with locomotor disabilities.
The event is supported by the National Council of Disability from Romania (Consiliului Național al Dizabilității din România – CNDR) and is taking place at the IDM Club Bucharest, on the 8th of April. The entrance is free for competitors and for the public, and the contest is addressing to professional pool players but also to beginners as well.
You can sign-up at email@example.com until the 4th of April, including. This year too, the players with locomotor disabilities who do not use exclusively a wheelchair will play alongside the players who are using one.
The previous editions of the championship, which took place at Bucharest, have brought together over 1,000 participants from all over the country, and the donations and sponsorships, at the value of Eur 13,000, have turned into wheelchairs and other equipment and medical devices that can help at improving the life quality for the people with this type of disability.
“Every edition of the National Competition of Pool played in a wheelchair brings joy to the souls of the participants and their families and it turns us all into better people. We have participants with history, who, even if they are in a wheelchair, want to make it to a higher level and they are training as hard as they are able in the cities they are representing. We militate for the opening of more and more pool halls that are accessible for players with locomotor disabilities, by installing access ramps. This type of competition has a long history in countries like France, Belgium, Great Britain, Argentine, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Spain and South Africa or Brazil, where performance is already at a high level. We are the only promoters of this discipline in Romania and we want its accreditation as a Paralympic sport at a national level” says Irina Văcărean, the president of the Always Together for People Sports Association.
“I think that this is the most beautiful sports manifestation dedicated to us, people with disabilities. It’s the time and the place when we come together in very big numbers and I am convinced that besides de sport competition, we are all beginning new friendships”, says Paula Cristea, previous participant at last year’s edition.
“I’ve participated and lend a helping hand since the first edition. Today, the competition has a name and references are only at the highest level. I am convinced that the ascent of this event will contribute at getting the physical and legislative frame to support the disabled sportsman to make performance” says Daniela Tontsch, the president of The National Council of Disability in Romania.
The contest at the category 9th Ball will be played in a double pyramid, each player having two chances (two games) to qualify in the first 8 or 16 players (depending on the number of participants) from where every game will be an eliminatory one until the ending of the contest. The complete Standing orders of the competition are available on The Facebook page of the event . At the end of the competition, all the contestants will participate at the raffle that has a lot of prizes.
The Always Together for People Sports Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the involvement in sports of the people with disabilities, in the purpose of developing ways that can allow disabled sportsmen to participate at the annual tournament of National Pool in a wheelchair and at international pool competitions.
The National Council of Disability in Romania is supporting and encouraging the actions of the organizers that are creating and developing activities of involvement for people with disabilities.