Issue 1, 2016. February-March

   

BP GEORGIA'S PARALYMPIC CHAMPIONS

2016 will mark 20 years of BP's successful partnership with Georgia. Together, BP has a lot to celebrate, including safe and reliable operations of the major energy projects BTC, SCP and WREP, operated by BP in Georgia on behalf of its oil and gas partners; SCP expansion activities reaching their peak; and successful social investment projects, all contributing to Georgia's economic and social development.

We are proud that today we are the lead investor and a long-term partner working closely with the Georgian government and the society at large.

The Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be among the outstanding endeavours of 2016 and BP is proud to be an international partner of the International Paralympic Committee and its vision to enable para-athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world at the Rio 2016 Paralypmic games.


Swimmer Nika Tvauri

BP in Georgia has been an Official Partner of the Georgian National Paralympic Committee since 2012, including during the London Paralympic Games and through 2016 for the Paralympic games in Rio.
"We are inspired by the achievements of our Paralympic athlete ambassadors and sharing it with our partners in the Georgian National Paralympic Committee and Georgian people. We continue supporting athletes' development on their way to Rio 2016, setting them well for high performance in the world arena.

Anticipation is building with the games now just months away, and we look forward to following the pursuit of each remarkable athlete on the way to the medals stand," said Chris Schlueter, BP's Country General Manager.

World-Class Athletes

BP in Georgia is sponsoring three Paralympic athletes - BP's athlete ambassadors -blind judo champion Zviad Gogochuri; swimmer NikaTvauri; and wheelchair fencer Irma Khetsuriani.

Irma Khetsuriani

"I have realistic chances to win the gold medal [in Rio] for my homeland and go down in history as the first Georgian Paralympic champion. I will not spare myself to make this a reality, and I hope there will be no bumps in my road toward this goal," Georgian Judoka ZviadGogochuri said.

Nika Tvauri's bronze medal in the 50m at the 2011 IBSA World Championship and Games in Antalya, Turkey was the first international swimming medal won by any Georgian para-athlete since the country achieved independence in 1991.

Last year, Tvauri brought home another bronze medal for Georgia from IBSA World Championship and Games in Seoul.

Irma Khetsuriani is Georgia's first female wheelchair fencer. In this sport, where most competitors specialize in one of the three types of fencing weapons - sabre, foil and épée - Khetsuriani competes in all three categories.

Khetsuriani's athletic career includes a fifth place in the senior women's sabre category at the 2014 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Germany and a bronze medal in the 2014 Montreal Grand Prix in the women's foil classification.

In September 2015, Irma won silver at the Wheelchair Fencing World Championships in Eger, Hungary.

"At first I was surprised, even shocked, by the suggestion I could do wheelchair fencing. But then I realized how exciting that was," Khetsuriani said.

A Focus on Development

Through this partnership, BP has put a special focus on supporting Paralympic athlete development. BP provides resources to support athletes during training and competition, ensuring they have the necessary coaching, equipment and travel capabilities.

Irma Khetsuriani

"The Judo National Federation and the Georgian Paralympic Committee go to great lengths to enable me to focus solely on judo and my future success," Gogochuri said.

"In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to extend great thanks to BP for all the attention I get at every training and competition, for their assistance in attending training camps and for their all-around support. Together with two other Georgian para-athletes, I am under BP's direct patronage and the three of us will all act as BP's athlete ambassadors at the Paralympic Games in Rio."

"The history of partnership between BP and the National Paralympic Committee counts several years. Strong relationships between our organizations are extremely important for the Committee and for me personally. A number of competitions have been funded through the partnership with BP, which have highly contributed toward the development of parasports and have served the overall goal of the Paralympic movement - achieving top results in sports. Of the three athlete ambassadors, Zviad has already secured his qualification, while Nika and Irma are realistic candidates for participation in the Games in Rio," said Giorgi Chakvetadze, President of the Georgian National Paralympic Committee.

In partnership with the National Paralympic Committee and athlete ambassadors, BP is supporting a campaign aimed at raising Paralympic awareness and inspiring local communities.This is part of BP's extended support for the Paralympic Movement by becoming an official partner of the Agitos Foundation's Grant Support Programme (GSP), which provides financial support to IPC members to develop para-sports around the world. By becoming the IPC's first international partner to support its development arm, BP has funded its para-sport project in Georgia.

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