IPC, IOC And IAKS Assign International Awards
For the first time, 54 of the submitted entries also applied for the 'IPC Distinction for Accessibility' jointly sponsored by IAKS and the IPC. The IPC/IAKS Distinction was awarded to seven projects:
· City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester/Great Britain
Architect: Arup Associates, London
· Sport and leisure facility in Stattegg/Austria
Architect: Hohensinn Architektur ZT GmbH, Graz
· Cottonera Sports Complex in Cospicua/Malta
Architect: Emanuel Buttigieg Project House - Works Division, Malta
· Aquatic Centre in Ozarów/Poland
Architect: ATJ Architekci Sp. Z.o.o., Warsaw
· Scottish National Swimming Academy in Stirling/Great Britain
Architect: FaulknerBrowns Architects & Urban Designers, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne
· Hintertux Glacier Ski Lift in Hintertux/Austria
Architect: Seilbahnbüro Gröbner, Kitzbühel
· Curling Arena in Prag/ Czech Republic
Architect: Glenn architekti, Ivana Kubeskova, Jiri Trojan, Prague 10 - Vrsovice
IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez said: "The number and quality of the submitted projects shows that there is a growing interest in ensuring the accessibility of sports and leisure facilities for persons with a disability. Consequently there is a need to provide more opportunities for persons with a disability to practise and view sport without barriers. The IOC/IAKS AWARD honours this aspiration."
The IOC/IAKS AWARD is the only architecture award of international importance for existing sports and leisure facilities. This year, 93 teams of operators and designers from 25 countries took part in the competition, which was a new participation record. The jury awarded eight gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals, seven IPC Distinctions for Accessibility and
five Special Distinctions.
The awards will be presented during the 19th International IAKS Congress in conjunction with the international trade fair FSB (international trade fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities) on 26 October 2005 in Cologne, Germany.
For more information and a full list of winners, please visit http://www.iaks.info/.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sports for athletes with a disability. It supervises and co-ordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, of which the most important are World and Regional Championships. The IPC also supports the recruitment and development of athletes at a local, national and international level across all performance levels.