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A healthcare partner to national Paralympic teams

Helping people live longer, healthier and happier lives and making a better world is what we’re about.

And we’ve brought these aims to life through building a series of partnerships with national Paralympic teams in some of the countries we’re based in.

We’re honoured that the national Paralympic Associations in Spain , Poland , Chile and the UK , have chosen Bupa businesses to be their Official Healthcare Partner.

A healthcare partner to national Paralympic teams

Why Bupa supports Paralympians

Across Bupa, we continually strive to meet the diverse needs of the communities we work and live in.

We want not just to value differences but to celebrate them. And our growing number of healthcare partnerships with national Paralympic Associations are part of how we put these aims into practice.

Paralympians embody what it means to strive continually. They inspire us all to be our best. Through each national partnership we help to keep the Paralympic teams and their families healthy and strong so that they can perform at their best and continue to inspire people of all abilities.

Working as one team we will realise our shared ambition to strive to reach the highest performance we can.

Spain

Bupa’s business, Sanitas , has partnered with the national Paralympic team since 2007 as the team’s Official Health Partner.

Currently, Sanitas provides health insurance cover to 170 Paralympic athletes and a dedicated medical service in Madrid for the Paralympic team.

The Spanish Paralympic Committee is also a member of the Alliance for Inclusive Sports which the Sanitas Foundation supports. This alliance organises initiatives such as training programmes for teachers in schools and supporting disabled students to take part in physical education classes in schools. And recently, we created something amazing together in Spain – the first Inclusive Games .

Inclusive games

In 2021 the Sanitas Foundation organised the first Inclusive Games in Spain in collaboration with the members of the Alliance for Inclusive Sport .

This was an inclusive competition between Spain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. 170 athletes competed across nine sports – swimming, athletics, judo, triathlon, taekwondo, rugby, table tennis, badminton and wheelchair basketball.

The UK

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) is the National Paralympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It’s responsible for preparing, funding and managing the ParalympicsGB Team.

In July 2022 Bupa became the Official Healthcare Partner to ParalympicsGB working to prepare athletes for the Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 as well as delivering social impact to improve the lives of disabled people beyond the podium.

With a long term strategy of Championing Change, the BPA is committed to shifting the perception of disability and inspiring a new generation to believe that anything is possible. Our partnership will break down barriers and promote greater inclusivity in healthcare and beyond.

  • Spain

    Bupa’s business, Sanitas , has partnered with the national Paralympic team since 2007 as the team’s Official Health Partner.

    Currently, Sanitas provides health insurance cover to 170 Paralympic athletes and a dedicated medical service in Madrid for the Paralympic team.

    The Spanish Paralympic Committee is also a member of the Alliance for Inclusive Sports which the Sanitas Foundation supports. This alliance organises initiatives such as training programmes for teachers in schools and supporting disabled students to take part in physical education classes in schools. And recently, we created something amazing together in Spain – the first Inclusive Games .

    Inclusive games

    In 2021 the Sanitas Foundation organised the first Inclusive Games in Spain in collaboration with the members of the Alliance for Inclusive Sport .

    This was an inclusive competition between Spain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. 170 athletes competed across nine sports – swimming, athletics, judo, triathlon, taekwondo, rugby, table tennis, badminton and wheelchair basketball.

  • The UK

    The British Paralympic Association (BPA) is the National Paralympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It’s responsible for preparing, funding and managing the ParalympicsGB Team.

    In July 2022 Bupa became the Official Healthcare Partner to ParalympicsGB working to prepare athletes for the Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 as well as delivering social impact to improve the lives of disabled people beyond the podium.

    With a long term strategy of Championing Change, the BPA is committed to shifting the perception of disability and inspiring a new generation to believe that anything is possible. Our partnership will break down barriers and promote greater inclusivity in healthcare and beyond.

Poland

Bupa’s business in Poland, LUX MED , has been developing sports medicine services for several years. This meant partnering with the Paralympic team came very naturally.

Since 2014, we have been taking care of Polish Olympians as the main medical partner of the Polish Olympic Committee and this partnership has extended to the Polish Paralympic Committee . Since 2014 we have performed over 22,000 medical procedures for people associated with either the Polish Olympic Committee or the Polish Paralympic Committee.

Chile

In 2020, we became healthcare partner to the Chilean Paralympic Committee (known as ‘COPACHI’), working with its 15 national organisations across 23 different sports.

Bupa Chile supports current and future Paralympic athletes through a health benefits fund, access to our IntegraMédica clinics network and our dedicated sports medicine centre.

This has all helped Paralympic athletes from Chile to prepare for the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. And now it’s helping the next group of Paralympians to prepare for the 2023 Panamerican Games to be held in Santiago.

  • Poland

    Bupa’s business in Poland, LUX MED , has been developing sports medicine services for several years. This meant partnering with the Paralympic team came very naturally.

    Since 2014, we have been taking care of Polish Olympians as the main medical partner of the Polish Olympic Committee and this partnership has extended to the Polish Paralympic Committee . Since 2014 we have performed over 22,000 medical procedures for people associated with either the Polish Olympic Committee or the Polish Paralympic Committee.

  • Chile

    In 2020, we became healthcare partner to the Chilean Paralympic Committee (known as ‘COPACHI’), working with its 15 national organisations across 23 different sports.

    Bupa Chile supports current and future Paralympic athletes through a health benefits fund, access to our IntegraMédica clinics network and our dedicated sports medicine centre.

    This has all helped Paralympic athletes from Chile to prepare for the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. And now it’s helping the next group of Paralympians to prepare for the 2023 Panamerican Games to be held in Santiago.

More about the Paralympics

Athletes with a range of disabilities from across the world come together to compete in sporting events. There are summer and winter games and often these are held in the same venue as the Olympic Games – although different organisations run them.

The Paralympics has grown from a small gathering in 1948 of World War II veterans to become one of the largest international sporting events today. The first Paralympic Games in Rome saw 400 athletes from 23 countries compete for medals. At the most recent Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, over 4,300 athletes from 170 countries competed.

Source: The History of the Paralympic Games, Paris 2024

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