Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Autonomy Programme is Main Sponsor of the Italian leg of the Disabled Alpine Skiing World Cup

This leg of the Disabled Alpine Skiing World Cup is to be held from 8 to 11 January in Sestriere (Turin). It is organised by the International Paralympic Committee and assigned to the Freewhite Ski Team ASD (FISI CIP affiliate), an amateur sports association set up for young people from 3 to 18 who intend to find out about and fully develop snow sports techniques. In detail, the "Sises" and "Giovanni Alberto Agnelli" pistes will host 2 giant slalom and 2 slalom competitions, with 18 countries represented and about 100 of the best IPC athletes in attendance. These competitions will be an important test in light of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games and the 2013 World Championships in Spain.

Fiat Group Automobiles too is taking part in this prestigious sporting event as Main Sponsor, with the Autonomy Programme, the initiative that Fiat Group Automobiles has been working with since 1995 to create services and means of individual and collective transport for those with reduced motor abilities, always in line with continuous product innovations, and to facilitate motoring for those with disabilities. The Autonomy Programme also aims to overcome prejudices and assumptions: there's no such thing as "different" competitions, only different abilities, as all athletes have the same will to win and to overcome any obstacle.

For the Italian leg of the Disabled Alpine Skiing World Cup, the Autonomy Programme is providing the organisation with some Fiat Ducatos adapted both for transporting the athletes and their sports equipment. Moreover, on display near the prize-giving area, the public can admire two examples of the Jeep Wrangler, a model which played a leading role in the first, pilot edition of Off-Road on the Olympic and Paralympic Mountains, the new project organised by Freewhite Ski Team and the Autonomy Programme in these very locations, which already hosted the World Ski Championships in 1997 and the Winter Olympics in 2006. Nor should it be forgotten that the Autonomy Programme and Freewhite Ski Team ASD have been working together since 2007 to organise projects and initiatives of major interest like the 2011 World Championships and "Autonomy on the Snow", an Alpine skiing beginners course on the Sestriere pistes to introduce children with disabilities to the world of skiing. 

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