The International Wheelchair Sports Exchange (IWSE) is a three-year exchange with wheelchair basketball and rugby teams from Cambodia, France, and India. Participants teach one another their respective sports, exchange techniques, and learn about life for people with disabilities in a different context.
In 2017, the first year of the exchange, the first IWSE was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2018, the exchange will be held in Toulouse, France, and the final exchange in 2019 will be in New Delhi, India.
- Build their independence and self-esteem
- Develop their physical ability and skills in the discipline
- Contribute to the movement for social equality as ambassadors for the disabled in India
In November 2017, wheelchair rugby and basketball athletes from Cambodia, France, and India met in Siem Reap, Cambodia for two weeks in an exchange of sports, culture, and camaraderie. “Quad Rugby” players from France and India traveled to Cambodia to work with basketball players from Battambang, Cambodia and the newly-formed team in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for the first International Wheelchair Sports Exchange. The event featured rigorous training sessions, basketball and rugby matches, workshops on identifying new rugby players, and building awareness of disability by introducing children in Cambodia to wheelchair sports.
Highlights of the 2017 exchange:
Soulcial Trust and XLability are currently underway in the planning for the 2018 International Wheelchair Sports Exchange, to be held in October/November 2018 in Toulouse, France. Participating teams will take part in intensive rugby and basketball trainings, as well as educational workshops, skills training, and cultural experiences.
Planned to take place in Delhi, India, the 2019 exchange is the final event of the three-year project.
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