TFWA-endorsed wheelchair rugby activity to take place in Cannes

By Faye Bartle |

Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport

The Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport team has won the French national wheelchair rugby championship 10 times over.

A new purpose-driven sports activity, organised by m1nd-set in association with Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport (STRH) and endorsed by TFWA, will take place on Sunday 1 October ahead of the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes.

The wheelchair rugby activity will take place at the Gymnase Capron near the Hôtel Martinez, from 9am to 1pm, with a welcome breakfast from 8.30am.

“TFWA is happy to support this worthy cause and wishes the organisers every success with this initiative, which we are sure will raise awareness of an important topic,” said TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen. “We look forward to welcoming Stade Toulousain and all the participants to Cannes.”

Health and wellbeing brand Puressentiel has also pledged its support for the initiative, and will be providing breakfast and lunch to participants.

“CSR has always been a fundamental pillar of the company’s raison d’être and philosophy since its creation,” said Puressentiel CEO Rocco Pacchioni.

“We are strong supporters of the values of team spirit, discipline, enjoyment and respect. These are all the more evident in the game of wheelchair rugby, so this partnership is extremely natural for us.

“Puressentiel is also official partner of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and has strong ties to the current French championship leaders, the Stade Toulousain able-bodied rugby team, where France’s captain and scrum-half Antoine Dupont, is also captain.”

Peter Mohn, owner and CEO of m1nd-set and TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen.

Peter Mohn, owner and CEO of m1nd-set and TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen.

“We’re delighted to be coordinating and supporting this extremely worthwhile initiative,” added Peter Mohn, owner and CEO of m1nd-set. “We are extremely grateful for the support already received from TFWA, Puressentiel and the City of Cannes for allowing us to hold the event at their Capron sports complex.

“The Sunday sports programme will be a unique and unprecedented moment for the industry.

“Participants will not only be able to learn how to play wheelchair rugby and master the techniques of blind football, they will also have the opportunity to take part in a wheelchair rugby tournament between all the teams.”

Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport

Participants in the wheelchair rugby activity in Cannes can learn how to play wheelchair rugby, master the techniques of blind football and take part in a wheelchair rugby tournament.

The event will help raise funds for the 10 times French national wheelchair rugby championship winning STRH team.

STRH is registered charity with a mission to coach people with mental and physical disabilities, and to raise awareness for disability inclusivity.

The Stade Toulousain wheelchair rugby team has three internationals in its ranks, including Jonathan Hivernat, captain of the France team.

The club also conducts disability awareness projects through disability sports aimed at the general public including able-bodied adults and children.

“As well as raise funds for the STRH, we hope to stimulate discussion around disability inclusion within the global travel retail (GTR) industry through this initiative and make the issue more mainstream,” said Mohn.

“Disability takes on a wide range of forms, not just the immediately apparent and visible form; 80% of disabilities are not visible. There are numerous possibilities within GTR for integrating people with disability into the workplace in logistical or administrative roles.”

How to sign up to take part

The organisers are seeking to recruit 60 participants to form 12 teams of five individuals.

Participants can sign up either in teams of five from a company or group of friends, or individually. Those who register as single participants will be placed into teams with other individuals.

The cost of participating in the half-day adaptive sports programme is €165 per person or €825 for a team of five. The contribution includes all activities, equipment, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

All funds raised will directly benefit the Stade Toulousain wheelchair rugby association whose fundraising platform ‘HelloAsso’ will serve to process the participant registrations and receive the payments.

Individuals and companies have the opportunity to voluntarily increase their contribution on the website. French individuals and companies will benefit from a 60% tax deduction on the total contribution. Registration is open on the STRH HelloAsso donation platform at via this link.* [See end note.]

In addition to the individual and team participation, the organisers are also seeking sponsorship to provide refreshments, wines at lunch, participant gifts and additional financial support for the STRH association. Interested parties can contact Michael Barrett by writing to [email protected].

Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport

“As well as raising funds for the STRH, we hope to stimulate discussion around disability inclusion within the GTR industry through this initiative and make the issue more mainstream,” said Peter Mohn, owner and CEO of m1nd-set.

“We are delighted to bring our inter-company wheelchair rugby tournament concept to Cannes and to travel retail,” said Pablo Neuman, Chairman of the Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport club.

“This activity aims to deconstruct stereotypes around disability. Thanks to these events, the STRH intends to instil a dynamic image of disability, and demonstrate that people with disability have different abilities, not difficulties.

“People who participate in these matches very quickly develop a greater understanding of disability. They perceive the reality of people with disabilities and how wheelchair rugby requires extreme skills, that are different to abled-body sports skills, but still skilful.

“These tournaments are real game changers. The exchanges with the players and coaches during the tournaments are also rich and help shake up the preconceived idea that people tend to have of people with disability and shatter all negative images around disability.”

*This is a French association donation page. All the funds will directly benefit the wheelchair rugby association. While most of the information on the page is in English, some is in French still. To display all the page in English, click on the top of the browser and select ‘Translate page to English’.


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