• Costa Rica Real Estate

Casa Presidencial celebrates Paralympic athletes

November 14, 2014

Vice President Ana Helena Chacón hosted a breakfast Friday morning at Casa Presidencial to recognize Costa Rica’s Paralympic athletes and the country’s newly created Paralympic Federation at the end of a week observing the rights of people with disabilities.

“You all not only represent the incarnation of the human rights for people with disabilities to health, recreation and sport, you also represent the best of the human spirit,” Chacón said during the ceremony, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.

Costa Rican Paralympians, including well-known athletes such as cyclists Laurens Molina and Ernesto “Lobito” Fonseca, have yet to qualify for the upcoming 2015 Pan American Paralympic Games in Toronto. Several other Paralympians already secured their spots and are set to compete next year, including swimmer Cristine Bucheim and runner Guido Rodríguez.

The Costa Rica Paralympic Federation was created on Sept. 22 to provide resources to develop athletes’ talent regardless of their physical or mental limitations. The newly founded organization is headed by Paralympic table tennis athlete Domingo Argüello.

The event Friday closed the national week in observance of people with disabilities. On Monday, Chacón signed a decree that aims to improve training and work opportunities for people with disabilities in Costa Rica, some 58 percent of whom between 15 and 35 years old are unemployed, according to figures from the 2011 national census.

“First, we want to start by seeing these people as champions,” Chacón said, adding that many people do not think of people with mental and physical disabilities as athletes.

“Today, we’re breaking that paradigm,” she said.

You may be interested

PHOTOS: The 2019 Festival de la Luz in San José
News
39 views
News
39 views

PHOTOS: The 2019 Festival de la Luz in San José

Nate Doughty - December 15, 2019

The holiday season was in full swing Saturday night during the Festival de la Luz in San José, where thousands…

Slothy Sunday: Oatmeal, a story of hope
Sloth Sundays
23 views
Sloth Sundays
23 views

Slothy Sunday: Oatmeal, a story of hope

Ally Chamberlin / Toucan Rescue Ranch - December 15, 2019

Meet Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a four-month-old, two-fingered sloth that was brought to Toucan Rescue Ranch as a young orphan. We…

Pic of the Day: Stunning views on the road to Monteverde
Monteverde
71 views
Monteverde
71 views

Pic of the Day: Stunning views on the road to Monteverde

The Tico Times - December 14, 2019

The drive to Monteverde isn't an easy one, so it's best to have some patience and let yourself enjoy the…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!