This project represents the continuation of a long term partnership between Fondazione Roma and the Circolo Canottieri Aniene (Aniene rowing club), an association which for over a century has been encouraging youths to play sports amongst, particularly rowing, canoeing and swimming.
The quadrennial Paralympic Project’ supported by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Italia e Mediterraneo, formerly Fondazione Roma – Terzo Settore, was planned for the purpose of offering citizens between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five with partial motor disabilities the chance to play a sport with personalised training sessions.
The participants were mainly girls and boys who had suffered physical injuries during an accident or illness and, attracted by competitions and the prospect of being supported by the club’s Paralympic athletes and coached daily by specialists for disabled persons, wished to play a sport.
In 2008 the athletes involved in the project achieved excellent results both at a national and international level in rowing, canoeing, swimming and table tennis. Two even two met the goal of winning a gold medal in rowing.
Photograph of the project accomplished jointly by the Foundation and the Circolo Canottieri Aniene.