Acer gives boost to IPC’s Agitos Foundation

London – GBR, Sept 8, 2012: Acer, a London 2012 Paralympic Games partner, is contributing to the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games by donating 50 laptops with the accessible hardware and software to the IPC’s newly launched Agitos Foundation.

Through developing sport opportunities, the Agitos Foundation, launched earlier in the week, aims to improve the life experiences of people with a disability around the world, leaving a long-lasting mark on a more inclusive society.

Acer’s technological donation will provide valuable resources to assist the Agitos Foundation in achieving their vision.

Alexis Schaefer, Director of Marketing for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said: “Acer is providing us with very valuable resources both during the London 2012 Paralympic Games and for the Agitos Foundation, which is launching to help promote the development of Paralympic Sport worldwide.”

Rémi Saint Jean, Acer London 2012 Project Leader, said:”Paralympians have inspired all of us and Acer is a proud partner of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Our involvement with the Agitos Foundation aims to bring Acer support to the Paralympic Movement and athletes beyond the Games.”

Acer is also donating 20 tablet computers to the IPC medical and scientific team for their Sport Injury Survey.

During the London 2012 Games, the computing brand has also offered technological support to ensure athletes stay connected with friends and family during the Games in the British capital, via internet lounges at the Paralympic Villages in Stratford, Weymouth and Engham.

Acer’s motto, “explore beyond limits” suitably fits with the Paralympic vision to inspire and excite the world through sporting excellence. During the Games, Acer has used their “beyond limits moment” website app to demonstrate instances of Paralympians going beyond limits in their lives or sport.

Those Paralympians with the most interesting and inspiring stories will win an Acer tablet.

Finalists selected for Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award

The finalists for the Whang Youn Dai Acheivement Award were revealed on Thursday (6 September).

The award is for someone who is fair, honest and is uncompromising in his or her values and prioritizes the promotion of the Paralympic Movement above personal recognition. The Paralympic Games not only recognise the performance of the athletes but are also committed to acknowledge and celebrate exceptional Paralympic athletes who exemplify incomparable spirit for the sports and the human spirit.

Six finalists (three male and three female) were selected in the first round of selection process by the Whanyg Youn Dai foundation, and they are as follows:

Male: Sherif Khalifa Osman (Egypt), Michael McKillop (Ireland), and Oscar Pistorius (South Africa)

Female: Deanna Coates (Great Britain), Teresa Perales (Spain), and Mary Zakayo (Kenya)

These six finalists will each receive a tablet provided by ACER. The presentation will be held at the ACER pavilion on Friday (7 September). From these six finalists, two winners (a male and female) will be selected as recipients of the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award and will each receive gold medal. Presentation of the award will be at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sunday (9 September). —- IPC

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