Media agency wins inaugural fundraising award for Paralympic Corporate Challenge

Social fundraising platform JustGiving has today announced media agency PHD Media as the recipient of the Company Fundraiser of the Year Award at the inaugural JustGiving Australia Awards for its efforts in raising much-needed funds for the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).

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Talent discovered at inaugural Para-sports Draft testing day

The inaugural Para-sports Draft is successfully underway, with a quarter of participants at the first testing day showing they have the potential to become Paralympic athletes, says Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) Performance Talent Manager Tim Matthews.

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Online workshop to connect school students to the Australian Paralympic Team

In an effort to educate school children about Paralympic sport, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) has teamed up with Virtual SportsFest to allow students to interact with members of the Australian Paralympic Team and learn about achieving their potential.

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Australian Sailing Team opens National Training Centre extension to integrate Paralympic training

The Australian Sailing Team has opened an extended deck at the National Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney, which upgrades the Team’s AIS Training Centre in order to integrate Paralympic training.

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Paralympic sailors nominated for Yachting Australia Awards 2014

Finalists have been announced for Yachting Australia’s Sailor of the Year with a Disability Award, with Paralympic sailors Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, and the Australian Sailing Team consisting of Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris, Russel Boaden, Matthew Bugg, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch nominated for the prestigeous award.

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Fearnley finishes second in Chicago Marathon

Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley has finished second in the Chicago Marathon for the second consecutive year.

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Triple Paralympian Marayke Jonkers presents 100th grant to Paralympians of the future

Triple Paralympian Marayke Jonkers and her foundation Sporting Dreams have awarded their 100th grant for Queensland athletes with a disability at a gala presentation event on the Sunshine Coast.

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What is classification?

Classification is a term used frequently when referring to Paralympic Sport. Classification in Paralympic sport exists to support as fair competition as possible, amongst athletes with different impairments. It forms the structure for all  Paralympic competition, by grouping athletes with similar levels of functional ability into classes for equivalent competition. The outcomes of Paralympic competition then become based on athletic performance rather than on differences that exist in athletes disabilities.

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