Good Sport: Princess Margriet Attends Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands began her visit to the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in South Korea earlier today.

The Dutch Royal will attend the games from today until next Tuesday.

The Princess is attending the games as a member of the honorary board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for which she has been a member since 2005.

The Dutch Princess commented to SportCal after becoming an honorary member of the board: “The IPC can be the necessary catalyst to improve the attitude of society all over the world to persons with a disability: to make them see what is possible instead of what is impossible to people with a disability.”

The International Paralympic Committee was founded in 1989 as an international non-profit organisation in Dusseldorf, Germany to serve as the global governing organisation of the Paralympic Movement.

In 1960 The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome featuring 400 athletes from 23 countries.

Örnsköldsvik, Sweden staged the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976.

The trip began with HRH attending the opening ceremony.

Magriet will attend the para-alpine skiing, para-snowboarding and para-ice hockey competitions in the next few days.

The Princess will also participate in the medal ceremony for a few of the competitions as well as speak to athletes at the Paralympic Village.

This year is the largest competition since the start of the Paralympic Games. More athletes and countries are participating than ever before as 560 athletes will compete for more than 80 medals in six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, Para ice hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

There are nine Dutch athletes on TeamNL who will participate in para-alpine skiing and para-snowboarding.

Esther Vergeer the Paralympic wheelchair tennis leads the Dutch Paralympic Team as Chef de mission at the 2018 Games. The seven-time Paralympic champion wheelchair tennis was Deputy Chef de Mission at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Princess Magriet is not the only Royal attending the games, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is also in Pyeonchange from 9-12 March.

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