About Vista 2023

Developing Para Sport: Inclusion, Transformation, Health, and Performance

The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Egypt will be hosting the 11th VISTA Conference from 31 October until the 3rd of November 2023 in Cairo, Egypt.

The theme of the Conference is “Developing Para Sport: Inclusion, Transformation, Health, and Performance”.
The VISTA Conference, hosted by EPC, is designed to provide a platform for sport scientists and researchers to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with impairments to discuss, exchange, and gain advanced knowledge in this area.

VISTA Objectives

• To provide a forum for exchange on current information, research and expertise related to Paralympic Sport and the Paralympic Movement.
• To enhance and promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction among sport scientists, coaches, athletes and sport administrators.

Target audience

• To provide a forum for exchange on current information, research and expertise related to Paralympic Sport and the Paralympic Movement.
• To enhance and promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction among sport scientists, coaches, athletes and sport administrators.

VISTA 2023 is organised around the theme: “Developing Para Sport: Inclusion, Transformation, Health and Performance”. The theme will be discussed in keynote presentations, invited symposia, and free communications. They will cover key issues such as Classification, Ethics and integrity, socio-cultural development, sport medicine, health and well-being, sport performance, and technology.

History

In 1993, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) realised that it was important to exchange experiences and increase knowledge pertaining to sport for athletes with a disability in the international arena. As a result, the concept of VISTA, which means a long succession of events, emerged.
The first VISTA Conference was held in Jasper, Canada in May 1993. At this Conference, 163 international participants convened to discuss issues pertinent to sport for athletes with a disability. The delegates included researchers, administrators, trainers, coaches, and athletes. A variety of plenary and interactive sessions were organised in the areas of performance, technical developments, sports medicine, classification, inclusion, ethics, management, and administration.

Since then, the conference has grown and took place in Cologne, Germany (1999); Bollnas, Sweden (2003); Bonn, Germany (2006, 2011 and 2013); Girona, Spain (2015); Toronto, Canada (2017); Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019) and a hybrid VISTA in 2021.

The conferences have had various themes such as “theory into practice”, “Youth in Disability Sport” ; “Classification – Solutions for the Future”;  “Equipment and Technology in Paralympic Sports”; “Healthy and Fit for optimal performance”. The VISTA 2021 conference had as its theme” translating research and development to athlete performance”.

Over the years the VISTA conference has become an important international event that provides a forum for exchanging the latest information, research and expertise related to sport for people with a disability and promotes cross-disciplinary interaction between sport scientists, athletes, coaches, administrators, and the media.

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