Malta Paralympic Committee
Inspiring communities through Para Sport and empowering Para Athletes to unlock their full potential, in sport and beyond.
Malta Paralympic Committee (MPC) is the national body for the development and promotion of Para Sport in Malta.
Their mission statement is to inspire communities through Para Sport and empower Para Athletes to unlock their full potential, in sport and beyond. MPC's projects and initiatives are focused on three core areas - education and awareness, grassroots development and competitive Para Sport.
Through their initiatives, MPC assists individuals with various eligible impairments (physical, visual and, or intellectual) to get involved in Para sport. MPC firmly believes that meaningful participation in Para sport empowers such individuals to develop in a holistic way. Whether they are social Para athletes or competitive ones, Para sport has the ability to leave a deep and lasting impact on the individual's physical, mental and social wellbeing. Furthermore, MPC collaborates with educational and sports institutions, medical and healthcare professionals, NGOs, project partners, government and private entities and other individuals with the aim of engaging the public with the Paralympic Values of Equality, Courage, Determination and Inspiration.
Since re-establishing itself in 2018, MPC's reach has multiplied, growing from 15 Para athletes in 2018 to over 75 Para athletes in 2023. This growth is also reflected in the type of Para sports practiced in Malta, ranging from Para athletics, Para swimming, Para rowing, Wheelchair basketball, Frame football, Para boccia, Para darts, Para judo, and even Para karate. In recent months, MPC has also introduced opportunities for visually impaired athletes, guiding no less than 10 blind or visually impaired athletes (mostly young kids who had never tried a sport before) into Para swimming and Para rowing. They have seen individually transform through Para sport - becoming more self-confident, outgoing, and physically and mentally strong. These are all positive attributes and life-skills that enhance the individuals on a personal level but also on a societal level. MPC's efforts was recognised in 2022 when it was awarded the Premju Soċjetà Ġusta 2022.
Looking for support for I'mPOSSIBLE programme
Now in its second year running, I'mPOSSIBLE aims to challenge and change the perceptions of how young people perceive individuals with an impairment. I'mPOSSIBLE aspires to empower students to equip themselves to achieve the seemingly impossible through the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality. This aspiration is achieved through the combination of in-classroom lessons, inclusive P.E. lessons and other fun and educational activities through which students engage with Para sport and Para athletes. Through this programme, MPC is driving a culture shift for our upcoming generations, with the ambition of shaping a more inclusive society.