The former students of the András Pető Faculty (PAK), athletes of the Pető Sports Association won four gold and two silver medals at the 25th Frame Running International Camp and & CPISRA International Cup. They took part in the event, held in Copenhagen from 10-17 July, together with their parents, who also played a major role in their training.
Frame Running – a Danish invention
Frame Running is an innovative sport for disabled people with impaired balance. It is a Danish invention, the first Frame Runner was constructed in 1991. It is a custom-built tricycle “learner bike” without pedals on which balance is not a problem.
Frame Running is an obvious sports option for people with cerebral palsy, arthritis sufferers and amputees. It gives the disabled who normally can only get around in electric wheelchair, manual wheelchair or walker the ability to run.
They have qualified for the competition for the fifth time since 2011, when the sport started in Hungary. Due to the financial burden of participation they do not have the opportunity to do so every year but they regularly participate in invitational domestic competitions.
Among the team members, Bernadett, who has been cycling as part of PAK for 11 years, has competed in the European Championships 3 years ago. Márk and Réka have been involved in the faculty’s sports club for 6 years, Diána for 4 years.
The Hungarian team was accompanied in Copenhagen by Klára Mónika Benkő, Rita Völgyi, József Laklia and Gábor Chis.
In 2024, Frame Running will be the debut sport at the Paris Paralympics, and PAK played a significant role in creating the scientific background for its preparation” – emphasized Zsolt Domokos. Seven years ago, for a year and a half, the necessary tests for the application for becoming an Olympic sport were carried out here and the scientific results were communicated, he added.
The sport, developed for athletes with disabilities, started in Denmark in 1991 and has spread to many countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Great Britain, Poland and then Hungary in 2011.
Translation: Gábor Kiss
Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University; Frame Running team