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Educational program


EPYG Proud Paralympian Workshops 

The 2019 European Paralympic Youth Games (EPYG) are fast approaching and approx. 400 athletes from over 25 countries across Europe are expected to compete. 

This is an exciting time for Para sport in the region and, to support its development, development the Agitos Foundation is offering your athletes the chance to grow as individuals and as athletes.

We are pleased to be bringing our athlete education programme, Proud Paralympian, to the 2019 European Paralympic Youth Games in Finland.

Proud Paralympian is designed to support athletes to be the best they can be, both on and off the field of play. It empowers athletes to achieve their best, find their place in the Movement and learn how to become a leader for Para sport.

We are offering four different topics at EPYG that athletes will have the opportunity to learn about:

1.The Paralympic Movement

2.Working with the media

3.Ethics and sportsmanship

4.Athlete health and wellbeing


Certified Proud Paralympian Educators Phelipe Rodrigues, swimmer from Brazil, and Erin Latimer, alpine skier from Canada, will facilitate the workshops and inspire and educate the next generation. (Please see their profiles below)

All sessions will take place at the dance studio in the Pajulahti Training Center from 25-27 June and will be offered in English. We highly recommend that your athletes attend these workshops where their schedule allows. We encourage team leaders to consult their athlete’s classification and training schedules to select workshop times that fit with their agendas.



Places for the morning and afternoon sessions are limited. Be quick and sign up for the sessions by using the form that has been sent to all teams.  In the event the numbers of entries exceeds the maximum capacity, a selection will be made based on the preferred order of players, as provided above. Walk-ins are welcome should free spots remain.



Proud Paralympian Leader- Erin Latimer 

Erin Latimer is two-time Paralympian from Canada. Coming from a ski-enthusiastic family, Erin started skiing at the age of two. She was introduced to Para alpine skiing in 2012 and made her Paralympic Winter Games debut in Sochi 2014. She competed in five Para alpine skiing races at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and finished in the top 10 in four of them.

As her most memorable achievement, Erin names her six medals on the Para alpine World Cup circuit. Erin retired from professional sports after the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games to fully focus on her Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. She still goes skiing in her free time and enjoys outdoor activities.

Answering the question what makes her a Proud Paralympian, Erin said: “I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent my country on the international stage. I am also proud to have the opportunity to educate and empower others within the Paralympic Movement.”

Proud Paralympian Leader- Phelipe Rodrigues

Phelipe Rodrigues is a Brazilian swimmer and three-time Paralympian. He started swimming at the age of six and made his debut at age 18 at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. After competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, four years later Phelipe achieved his most memorable sporting moment when winning four medals in front of his home crowd at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: A silver and a bronze medal in the men’s 50m and 100m freestyle S10, and another silver and bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle and medley relays 34 points. In 2018 Phelipe was inducted into the Pernambuco State's Sports Hall of Fame.

Off the field of play, he is active as a member of the World Para Swimming Athletes’ Advisory Group. He was elected in December 2017 to serve for the term 2018-2021.

Answering the question what makes him a Proud Paralympian, Phelipe said: “With all I have done in the sport, I now want to share my experiences and educate the new generation in a way they can one day take part in the Paralympic Games. I want to be a role model not just on the sport field, but also out of the field.”





Antidoping workshop sessions will take place at the dance studio in the Pajulahti Training Center from 26-27 June at 14:00-14:30 and will be offered in English.

Topic is - Athletes as fair play ambassadors

(Rights and duties, doping test, speak Up!)

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