MIHAITA PAPARA

The first Romanian parasnowboarder at the Paralympics

ABOUT MIHAITA PAPARA

#CarpeDiem

On the 3rd of September 2005, when I was 25 years old,I became disabled. While I was driving on a road that I’ve regularly been to, I tried to overtake a vehicle, but I couldn’t make it. I still don’t know if the driver didn’t see me or if he didn’t let me pass intentionally. I avoided the impact with his car, but on the other hand, I hit the metallic fence, situated on the other side of the road. The end of the fence was not secured. It pierced the radiator, it came beside the engine block, it came through the board, under the steering wheel, through the seat, through my body, and came out through the passenger door. Few minutes before the impact, I had just taken two hitchhickers from Borsec and fortunately, I was the only one injured.

An unpredictive change of trajectory represented a radical change of meaning in my life. The new direction given to me on that day, made me step up differently. From then on, I’m redefining myself, redescovering life, designing the reasons for being grateful that I’m alive and having the chance to embrace it again.

After I was discharged from the hospital, I was searching for information about what a physical disability means, what the process of recovery implies and what did the others do, before me. Unfortunately, in my mother tongue (Romanian), I found very little information. For this reason, in 2007, I founded with my parents Mihăiță Papară NGO, and created the AsocPM website, in order to inform and offer support for the people who have physical disabilities, and their families.

During my recovery process, I received enormous support  from my family and close friends. Meanwhile, I’ve focused myself on physical activities like: swimming, diving, horse riding, climbing, paragliding, and then, snowboarding. Thanks to my sister and my brother-in-law, in 2007, I used a snowboard for the first time after the amputation. They were frequently going on the mountain and that day, they insisted that I should come too. I’ve started snowboarding and the experience was impressive, but in the same time, difficult to handle, because of the painfull falls and the overexhertion. Even though it was hard, the experience helped me realize it is possible and it was a challenge that I really enjoyed taking. It determined me to compete with myself, to find myself, to develop physical capacities and regain my confidence. Practicing sports has had a major positive impact on the recovery process and reintegration into society.

In January 2016, along with Dan Marcu (my coach), Laura Văleanu and Ionel Lungu (my colleagues from the Romanian Winter Paralympic Team) we organized the first national  demonstrative winter sports, dedicated to disabled people. The participants – both children and adults, were helped out by the Fresh-Meat instructors. The sincere reactions of joy and fulfillment of the participants represented the greatest success of the event.

My mission is to prove in a practical way that the power of example works and I want to empower people, by convincing them that practicing sports substantially contributes to increasing the quality of life. It also facilitates the inclusion or accelerated reintegration into society. So far, we demonstrated that #ItIsPossible! It is possible to practice high impact sports, to reach an elite level, to do it in Romania and to do it despite having a disability!

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Despre Mihaita Papara

2017 - 2018 COMPETITIONS

#RoadToKorea

Mihaita Papara parasnowboarder

09 – 18 Martie – Jocurile Olimpice de Iarnă PyeongChang, Coreea de Sud 

05 Februarie 2018 – Finala Cupelor Mondiale Banked Slalom – Big White, Canada

08 Februarie 2018 – Finala Cupelor Mondiale Snowboardcross – Big White, Canada

14 Noiembrie 2017 – Cupa Europei Banked Slalom – Landgraaf, Olanda

15 Noiembrie 2017 – Cupa Mondială Banked Slalom 1 – Landgraaf, Olanda

16 Noiembrie  2017 – Cupa Mondială Banked Slalom 2 – Landgraaf, Olanda

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20 – 30 Noiembrie – Tabără de antrenament, Finlanda

30 Noiembrie 2017 – Cupa Mondială Snowboardcross 1 – Phya, Finlanda

03 Decembrie – Cupa Mondială Snowboardcross 2 – Phya, Finlanda

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15 – 30 Decembrie 2017 – Tabără de antrenament, România

01 – 12 Ianuarie 2018 – Tabără de antrenament, România

20 – 30 Ianuarie 2018 – Tabără de antrenament, România

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23.10.2017  – 06.11. 2017 – Tabără de antrenament, Austria

10 – 25 Februarie  2018 – Tabără de antrenament, Austria

Rezultatele parasnowboarderului Mihaita Papara

RESULTS

08.02.2018

10th Place

Banked Slalom, World Cup Finals – Big White, Canada

08.02.2018
06.02.2018

13th place 

Snowboard Cross, World Cup Finals – Big White, Canada

06.02.2018
02.12.2017

14th place 

Snowboard Cross, World Cup – Phya, Finlanda

02.12.2017
01.12.2017

12th place  

Snowboard Cross, World Cup – Phya, Finlanda

01.12.2017

THE FIRST PARASNOWBOARDER FROM THE ROMANIAN WINTER PARALYMPIC TEAM

#SportForAll

In 2014, I started taking part in international parasnowboard competitions (LL1 category). The first official competition was the European Cup, in the Netherlands – Landgraaf. In 2015, I became a member of the Romanian Winter Paralympic Team. Along with my couch, Dan Marcu – founder of Fresh-Meat Team, we envisage considerable and continuous progress.

Until now, I took part in 23 European and international competitions. Being ranked in TOP 10 Banked Slalom and Snowboard Cross World Cup Finals, I’ve obtained the qualification for the Winter Paralympic Games from South Korea, in national premiere.

Mihaita Papara la Jocurile Paralimpice de Iarna - PyeongChang 2018, Coreea de Sud

#RoadToPyeongChang

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I believe in the power of personal example. With your involvement, I believe we can convince more and more people that practicing sports would have a substantial positive impact on everybody’s quality of life and also on accelerated social inclusion and reintegration.

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Rezultate

8.02.2018

10th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup Finals – Big White, Canada

8.02.2018
6.02.2018

13th place

Snowboard Cross, World Cup Finals – Big White, Canada

6.02.2018
2.12.2017

14th place

Snowboard Cross, World Cup – Pyha, Finland

2.12.2017
1.12.2017

12th place

Snowboard Cross, World Cup – Pyha, Finland

1.12.2017
16.11.2017

17th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

16.11.2017
15.11.2017

17th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

15.11.2017
14.11.2017

19th place

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

14.11.2017
13.03.2017

12th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup Finals – PyeongChang, South Korea

13.03.2017
10.03.2017

9th place

Snowboard Cross, World Cup Finals – PyeongChang, South Korea

10.03.2017
18.11.2016

16th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

18.11.2016
17.11.2016

15th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

17.11.2016
16.11.2016

16th place

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

16.11.2016
18.03.2016

7th place

Banked Slalom, World  Cup Finals – Trentino, Italy

18.03.2016
16.03.2016

7th place

Snowboard Cross, World Cup Finals – Trentino, Italy

16.03.2016
12.03.2016

10th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Formigueres, France

12.03.2016
11.03.2016

9th place

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup Final – Formigueres, France

11.03.2016
08.03.2016

8th place

Snowboard Cross, Europa Cup Final – Les Angles, France

08.03.2016
20.11.2015

7th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

20.11.2015
19.11.2015

8th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

19.11.2015
18.11.2015

11th place

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

18.11.2015
28.02.2015

8th place

Banked Slalom, World Championship – La Molina, Spain

28.02.2015
20.11.2014

10th place

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

20.11.2014
19.11.2014

12th place

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Netherlands

19.11.2014

2% CAMPAIGN

 

2% is a percentage of your income tax, that is automatically levied by the state each month, from your brutto salary.
According to the Fiscal Code, you may redirect 2% of your income tax to an NGO of your choosing.

Download and complete the Form that will redirect to us 2% of your income tax:

Tax Return Form 230 – if you are working for an employer

Tax Return Form 200 – if you are working as a freelancer and you have had income from copyrights or other sources

 

Basic information:

Entity: Asociația Papară Mihăiță

Address: 41, Blv. Frăției, Florilor Neighbourhood, Gheorgheni, Harghita, Romania

Tax Code: 21330265

Bank Account: RO37BTRL02101205E50164XX

Institution: Banca Transilvania, Miercurea Ciuc Branch

 

For any further information about the 2% Campaign, access this link: http://doilasuta.ro/content

2% CAMPAIGN

2% is a percentage of your income tax, that is automatically levied by the state each month, from your brutto salary.
According to the Fiscal Code, you may redirect 2% of your income tax to an NGO of your choosing.

Download and complete the Form that will redirect to us 2% of your income tax:

Basic information:

Entity: Asociația Papară Mihăiță

Address: 41, Blv. Frăției, Florilor Neighbourhood, Gheorgheni, Harghita, Romania

Tax Code: 21330265

Bank Account: RO37BTRL02101205E50164XX

Institution: Banca Transilvania, Miercurea Ciuc Branch

For any further information about the 2% Campaign, access this link: http://doilasuta.ro/content

Rezultate

8.02.2018

Locul 10

Banked Slalom, World Cup Finals – Big White, Canada

8.02.2018
6.02.2018

Locul 13

Snowboard Cross, World Cup Finals – Big White, Canada

6.02.2018
2.12.2017

Locul 14

Snowboard Cross, World Cup – Pyha, Finlanda

2.12.2017
1.12.2017

Locul 12

Snowboard Cross, World Cup – Pyha, Finlanda

1.12.2017
16.11.2017

Locul 17

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

16.11.2017
15.11.2017

Locul 17

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

15.11.2017
14.11.2017

Locul 19

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

14.11.2017
13.03.2017

Locul 12

Banked Slalom, World Cup Finals – PyeongChang, Coreea de Sud

13.03.2017
10.03.2017

Locul 9

Snowboard Cross, World Cup Finals – PyeongChang, Coreea de Sud

10.03.2017
18.11.2016

Locul 16

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

18.11.2016
17.11.2016

Locul 15

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

17.11.2016
16.11.2016

Locul 16

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

16.11.2016
18.03.2016

Locul 7

Banked Slalom, World  Cup Finals – Trentino, Italia

18.03.2016
16.03.2016

Locul 7

Snowboard Cross, World Cup Finals – Trentino, Italia

16.03.2016
12.03.2016

Locul 10

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Formigueres, Franța

12.03.2016
11.03.2016

Locul 9

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup Final – Formigueres, Franța

11.03.2016
08.03.2016

Locul 8

Snowboard Cross, Europa Cup Final – Les Angles, Franța

08.03.2016
20.11.2015

Locul 7

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

20.11.2015
19.11.2015

Locul 8

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

19.11.2015
18.11.2015

Locul 11

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

18.11.2015
28.02.2015

Locul 8

Banked Slalom, World Championship – La Molina, Spania

28.02.2015
20.11.2014

Locul 10

Banked Slalom, World Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

20.11.2014
19.11.2014

Locul 12

Banked Slalom, Europa Cup – Landgraaf, Olanda

19.11.2014