This week, four Dutch paralympic associations - Atletiekunie, KNLTB, KNZB, Basketball bond - and ABN AMRO are organising the first Paralympic Talent Camp, which is being held in Amsterdam. Forty talented youngsters aged 12 to 20 will follow intensive training programmes at this camp, aimed at preparing them for life as top athletes, and eventually at getting them into the Paralympic Games.
These talented young athletes are trained at the Ronald McDonald Centre, in track and field, basketball, tennis and swimming, the four disciplines that won almost two-thirds of the medals at the London Paralympic Games. In addition to being trained in their own lines of sports, the camp will also provide power training and programmes designed to prepare these youngsters for life as top athletes, including the use of social media for the benefit of their sports careers.
Talent development for athletes with physical disabilities
The Paralympic Talent Camp is the first initiative ABN AMRO is taking in collaboration with the four Dutch paralympic associations. Ernst Boekhorst, Sponsoring & Events manager and director of ABN AMRO Foundation: “In the Netherlands, we have a lot of high-level paralympic athletes. It is important that we create a new generation of such athletes well in advance. As a Partner of the Future, ABN AMRO is committed to helping develop talented people, so they can become the winners of the future.”
André Cats, Chef de Mission for the Dutch Paralympic Team is present to assess how the camp will contribute to the futures of these talented youngsters: “These forty athletes absolutely have it in them to potentially represent our country at future Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Talent Camp not only gives them the opportunity to train at a high level with other athletes from their discipline, but also to train with talented young people from other lines of sports. It’s bound to make them stronger.”