Supporting Parasport in Korea

The 14-year-old twin sisters Gil-La Choi and Sa-Ra Choi are currently waiting for the final admission announcement of the alpine skiing forerunners at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Since 2015, both visually impaired girls have been training in the young athletes team of the Korea Para Ski Association (KPSA) and are about to debut on the Paralympic slopes.

The KPSA rookies team consists of 1 sit-ski and 3 visually impaired athletes, their 3 guides, 1 trainer and 1 coach. All 9 members are strongly motivated to constantly improve their skills and try to stay in best condition even in seasons when winter sports are not possible in Korea. For this purpose, the team travels to training facilities in Europe and New Zealand despite the physical handicap and the logistical struggles that come along with it, as their common goal is the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics participation.

KPSA alpine skiing young athletes team during their training:

©Korea Para Ski Association

The KPSA strives to realize an integrated society in which handicapped and non-handicapped people can socialize together without discrimination through the sports of skiing. In this respect, KGCCI is honored and pleased that a donation of 5 million KRW could be handed over directly to the young athletes on behalf of the entire KGCCI and its member companies, as German companies in Korea are actively involved in various projects supporting underprivileged groups to contribute to the Korean society.

This donation was raised from the 2017 KGCCI Christmas Dinner’s charity raffle to which numerous member companies as well as the KGCCI jointly contributed to support the rookies. Mr. Jong-Lak Hong, Executive Secretary of the KPSA, expressed his gratitude during the donation ceremony and said, “We greatly appreciate the KGCCI and German companies’ donation which will be a tremendous help and motivation to our athletes” and “we hope that continuous interest will be given in our Paralympic sports especially by visiting and following the Paralympic games.”
KGCCI is crossing all fingers for the successful Paralympic debut of these young athletes.

Picture below:
January 16th 2018, KGCCI CEO & President Barbara Zollmann visiting KPSA and handing over the donation to the athletes.

If you wish to support the Parasport in Korea, please contact the Korea Paralympic Committee (KPC) for further information. Donations can be addressed to specific associations such as the KPSA through KPC.

Korea Paralympic Committee
Korea Para Ski Association