May the 19th, 2010
The combination of one of the best locations for tennis, all facilities on site, excellent hospitality and a whole host of related fun activities made 2010 one of the best and most memorable of our IWTC events so far.
The International Tennis Federation, Turkish Sports Federation and Invacare together created an unforgettable mix of events, tournaments, activities, shows and talks which will be hard to repeat. The week was a huge success and provided highly rewarding for everyone involved.
At the 2010 Invacare World Team Cup in Turkey on Sunday 9th May Sweden became men's World Group 1 champions and Colombia became men's World Group 2 champions.
As arguably the most memorable Invacare World Team Cup in the event's 26-year history came to a dramatic close under the floodlights at the AliBey Club in Antalya, Turkey, third seeds Sweden clinched their second World Group 1 title in three years after beating top seeds Netherlands 2-1 following a deciding doubles rubber.
Earlier in the day, Colombia won the men's World Group 2 title after beating second seeds Argentina 2-0 in two singles rubbers that both went to championship tie breaks.
Having finished fifth and seventh in World Group 2 in their only two previous Invacare World Team Cup appearances over the last two years, Colombia got off to a slow start in their first final, but Mauricio Vega put in a supreme effort to come from behind and secure a 26 64 10-1 victory over Oscar Diaz.
USA beat Israel 2-0 on Saturday to lift the Invacare World Team Cup quad title for a sixth time.
Netherlands won their 23rd Invacare World Team Cup women's title on Saturday after a 2-0 win over Japan. (picture)
Netherlands won the Invacare World Team Cup junior event supported by the Cruyff Foundation for the sixth time on Friday, when the live deciding doubles rubber between the Dutch top seeds and Spain had to be cancelled after Spain's Robert Chamizo was unable to play.
The Invacare World Team Cup junior trophy, the captain's cup presented by the host nation to the champions as well as the medals for the top three nations were presented by Franz Krammer, Managing Director, Invacare Europe and M Fahir Altan, Board Member of the Turkish Sports Federation for the Physically Disabled with particular responsibility for wheelchair tennis in Turkey.
Invacare International Symposium: inspirations and aspirations from a compelling panel of speakers
May 6th 2010 marked the Invacare International Symposium on the theme of “Sport: the platform for an active lifestyle”. It was held in Antalya / Manavgat at the Sea World Resort in Turkey.
Martin McElhatton, IWTA President and Chief Executive of WheelPower opened the Symposium as Chairman by presenting the different speakers. Among them, Dave Miley, Director of Tennis Development for the ITF presented “The ITF Play and Stay Campaign…Increasing Tennis Participation Worldwide”, followed by Dr Bilge Yilmaz, Chief of department of Spinal Cord Injury and Associate Professor at the Turkish Armed Forces Rehabilitation Centre in Ankara, who spoke about “Common medical problems faced by wheelchair athletes”. Paul Schulte (picture) closed the first half of the Symposium with a moving and inspiring testimonial on his career as a wheelchair basket-ball player and introduced “Those less, doing more: the impact of disabled sports and adaptive sport equipment.”
In the second half of the congress, Martin McElhatton spoke about “Transforming lives through sports” and drew us portraits of two promising young women making a brilliant entrance into the sports universe. Dr Ann Quinn, Peak Performance Specialist and Director of Quinnessential Edge, followed this theme by explaining the importance of mindset and other elements on the overall performance in sport and life in a talk entitled: “Preparing to Win On Court and In Life”. Pr Nevin Ergun PT PhD, Professor in sports science physical therapy and rehabilitation at Hacettepe University in Ankara discussed the status of “Disabled sports in Turkey: Past, Today & Future”. Finally, Michael Jeremiasz (picture), French professional wheelchair tennis player, was interviewed by the Chairman and delighted the audience with insights into his career.
The overall theme, Sport: the platform for an active lifestyle proved very inspiring to both audience and speakers, and everyone shared and learned from others’ experience in this field. Invacare warmly thanks the speakers for their high degree of professionalism and the relevance of their presentations.
Invacare Third Gala Dinner: 1001 meets 2010 in an enchanted Arabian night
Following the Symposium the Invacare Gala dinner was held in the evening at the Sea World Resort. Pre-dinner cocktails provided a great opportunity for everyone to gather around a drink and share inputs on the week-long tournament. The dinner took place on the terrace of the hotel with a fun “1001 Nights” atmosphere created by an abundance of Turkish dishes and specialties, with entertainment in the form of two Turkish belly dancers, who performed a lively show of oriental dance. All invitees fell under the spell of this intoxicating exotic atmosphere, which lasted late into the night.
International artists provide dazzling performances at the Invacare Night of the Stars
A star-studded show!
Invacare organized an amazing show starring international artists and performers featuring Küschall® and Top End® wheelchairs.
On this very special evening, each artist gave a fascinating performance before a public of around 1200 people.
A dynamic fashion show by French designer Jerome Sue, starring Samantha Bullock and professional dancers from AliBey Club and songs from Italian wheelchair tennis player and singer Fabian Mazzei (picture) touched the hearts of the public.
Franck Bouroullec, painter and performer, put on an incredible show using a black chassis and white paint. When he turned over the chassis, the public were startled to see a portrait of Roger Federer!
Dergin Tokmak, artist with the Cirque du Soleil, offered a moving and impressive solo dance performance on crutches whilst basketball duo Paul Schulte and Ade Adepitan produced an unforgettable and entertaining show.
We hope to organize another show like this with equally great performers soon! Thanks to everyone who made the night unforgettable.
Invacare Showroom & Repair Station: revising the old, reviewing the new
An Invacare showroom and repair station was a permanent fixture during the week. The stand attracted attention and interest in the wheelchairs on show which included models from the sporty Top End® range and the complete küschall® line as well as the latest küschall® models.
The Tryout Zone is ‘wheely’ fun!
Many customers, Invacare employees and athletes took the opportunity to visit the Invacare Tryout Zone, located next to the Invacare Showroom, where küschall® and Top End® wheelchairs could be tested in various situations within an area of 1000m2.
Everyday tasks such as climbing a kerb or driving up and down a ramp were included in the course as well as wheeling through deep sand on two wheels and managing to drive up and down a see-saw. The visitors were very keen to have a go at all the tasks and were eager to try the wheelchairs.
Practical tryouts gave visitors the chance to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced daily by wheelchair drivers and the need for high-quality chairs that offer outstanding driving performance and reliability. The Zone was a great opportunity to get insight into the world of wheelchair driving, aided by a large helping of fun.
EDO-Family Meeting in Antalya: distributors, discoveries... and dancing!
The Invacare European Distributor Organisation (EDO) took the occasion of the IWTC 2010 to hold its annual EDO-Family Meeting in Antalya and for the first time the meeting took place in one of EDO’s distributor countries, with 30 distributors from almost all Eastern European countries attending the meeting.
Naturally everyone took advantage of the IWTC events: on Thursday morning they visited the Invacare showroom, watched wheelchair tennis and, last but not least, experienced the Invacare Tryout Zone. After an active start to the day, the delegates attended the Symposium gala dinner. Not content with enjoying the fantastic dinner, two EDO customers got the chance to show off their belly-dancing skills!
The EDO-Family Meeting got going on the Friday and Saturday morning. This year’s conference focussed on manual wheelchairs and updates across the range – from passive, medium active, active and sports models – were presented and discussed. All distributors attended the Invacare Night of the Stars, one of the highlights of the week. On Saturday the EDO team and distributors were able to ask questions and discuss their market requirements with the European product managers directly, who in turn received first-hand information about the different countries and markets in the EDO area.
After two days of information and concentration the EDO team and distributors were able to relax and were treated to a half-day excursion discovering the Turkish Riviera. In addition to popular tourist attractions such as the Manavgat Waterfall and Apollon Temple in Side, guests visited the beautiful Green Canyon and Green Lake in the Manavgat ‘hinterland’ where they enjoyed a simple but authentic and lunch of fresh lake trout.
As with the IWTC event this year, all EDO distributors agreed that this year’s meeting was particularly memorable and will be hard for the team to top!
The Invacare World Team Cup 2010 has been a tremendous success and a memorable week. Again, thanks to all!
Photo credit: Invacare International Sarl/Benoist Matsha-Carpentier