A record number of 330 people with disabilities, children and adults, participated in the next edition of the Indoor Sports Olympics “Breakthrough of Barriers with Częstochowa Steelworks”.
The event in the Częstochowa Sports Hall at 4 Żużlowa Street was organized by the Municipal Sports and Recreation Centre, and the official opening was made by the Vice-President of Częstochowa Jarosław Marszałek. As befits a real sports competition, the Olympic Appeal was read by Oskar Duda from the Special School and Education Centre No. 1, and all those gathered listened to the anthem.
As emphasized the organizers, including the director of the Częstochowa MOSiR Tomasz Łuszcz, the Olympics has enjoyed great interest for years, but this year’s attendance was surprising. The barriers were overcome by as many as 330 competitors, who are the charges of 23 centres, associations, occupational therapy workshops, special schools and kindergartens. They came together with caretakers and supporters, who were often family members.
They competed in a variety of sports competitions prepared and adapted to the participants’ abilities. There were, among others, obstacle runs, relaying, pulling a rope on wheelchairs, etc. At the end of each participant was decorated with an occasional medal.
The “Breakthrough of Barriers with Częstochowa Steelworks” Olympiad was attended by participants: Special School and Educational Centre No. 1, Polish Association for Persons with Mental Disabilities “Koło”, “Parasol” Environmental Club, Occupational Therapy Workshop at the Association for the Disabled “Integration”, Janusz Korczak Special School Complex No. 23, Non-Public Educational Outpatient Centres of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist, the “Parasol” Community Club, the Occupational Therapy Workshop at the Association for the Disabled “Integration”, the Janusz Korczak Special School Complex No. 23, the Non-Public Educational Outpatient Centres of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist, the “Parasol” Community Club, the “Parasol” Community Club, the “Parasol” Community Club, the “Integration” Community Club of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist and the “Integration” Community Club. The Warsaw Uprising, Maria Grzegorzewska Complex of Special Vocational Schools, Municipal Integration Kindergarten No. 43, Special Schools Complex No. 28, Eyes of Brother Foundation, Special Schools Complex No. 45, St. John de la Salle Special Educational Centre, Primary School with Integration Branches No. 53 named after the founder of the Warsaw Uprising. Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the Centre for the Assistance of the Disabled Child and His Family at the Municipal Social Welfare Centre, Non-public Therapeutic Kindergarten Point “Pinocchio”, Non-public Special Primary School “Pinocchio”, Non-public School and Kindergarten Complex of the Mosaic Foundation, Therapeutic Kindergarten and School “Jurassic Children”. All the institutions received diplomas with thanks for their participation. A similar one was also sent to the Częstochowa Steelworks, which funded packages full of sweet treats for the participants. In spring, another Olympics is planned, this time at the Częstochowa Athletics Stadium at Dąbrowski’s place.