8th International Abilympics in Seoul 2011

The event once again demonstrates the vocational motivation and potential of people with physical or mental handicaps.


What does "International Abilympics" mean?

The acronym "Abilympics" derives from the words "ability" and "olympics" and has been symbolizing the improvement of vocational skills for people with physical or mental handicaps since the first games in Japan 1981. Furthermore, the Abilympics motivate to participate in social activities, which help to overcome borders and to explore new paths of mutual experience.

For the past 30 years, the event has been taking place in a four-year cycle in various countries - this year the participants were invited to South Korea.


8th International Abilympics in Seoul 2011

From September 25th to 30th 2011 more than 500 participants were invited to demonstrate their talent and their skills in the Olympic Park in Seoul.

The organizers mainly pursued the following objectives:

  • Promotion of the Independence of the contestants
  • Improvement of the qualification of the contestants
  • Increased recognition of the vocational competence of people with physical or mental handicaps
  • Promotion of intercultural exchange and friendship among the contestants. 

Among various professional groups mechatronics could be found as an official demonstration, in combination with the MPS® Transfer system of Festo Didactic as competition equipment. Mechatronics offers to young people with physical or mental handicaps a qualification, that provides first-class career and future opportunities.

This year, medals were awarded for the first time in the professional group mechatronics:

  • Gold medals were awarded to the team of Korea, Kisung Kim and Sanggyun Kim
  • Silver medals were awarded to the team of Germany, Kai Petermann and Stefan Schilo of ALBBW in Berlin.

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