Uganda ParaVolley Association has taken strong steps on a long journey to become more visible, acquire Government funding, inclusion and more awareness.
The Association which was formed in 2008 in Uganda, manages and coordinates Para Volleyball activities for people with physical disabilities.
On Wednesday, the Association met with a couple of stakeholders in Lugogo for a dialogue on Sports for persons with disabilities.
The meeting with stakeholders was intended to forge ways on how to elevate the Sport to greater heights.
“As NCS and UOC, we are happy to be associated with Uganda Paravolley Association as they hold their dialogue about making Disability Sport more visible in Uganda,” said NCS Chairman Donald Rukare.
“It’s an important topic because Disability Sport need to be more visible and this is something we have discussed at policy level to ensure Disability Sport in Uganda has more accessibility to facilities, issues to do with inclusion, more awareness in Uganda and more support.
“We want to see more athletes with disabilities qualify for the Commonwealth games and Paralympics and other events.
“We look forward to seeing how we will support not only Para Volleyball but Para Sport in Uganda. We believe that Sport can transform Sport for our Para Athletes in Uganda in very many ways in terms of giving them what to do in terms of employment among others.”
Rukare who also doubles as the President of Uganda Olympics Committee, said that they want to see how they can build on what Para-Volleyball has started.
The Association is under Uganda Paralympics and also affiliated with Uganda Volleyball Federation.
During the launch, the athletes aired out their grievances and frustrations including inaccessibility to facilities.
The association also launched a new logo.
“The challenges that have drawn us back is basically mobilising this special category of people that sometimes lack the esteem to participate in Sports like other people without disabilities,” started Uganda ParaVolley General Secretary Geoffrey Katende.
“Also some parents are over protective and rigid to allow their children take part in these Sports. The other thing is recognizing us as an independent sport that can be supported and financed but the good thing is that we have received confirmation from NCS boss Donald Rukare that we shall engage with them beyond today to see that Sports with persons with Disability is put at the level with other Sports that is being given independent budgets by the Government.”
Kibirango Ali Mukaso, the Association’s President called upon companies to come and sponsor the sport so that they can easily motivate the athletes.
Enjoy the pictorial – (photos by Brian Kawalya)