European Para Championships
First event2023 European Para Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands
Occur every4 years
Last event2023 European Para Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands
PurposeMulti-sport event for athletes with physical disabilities from nations on the European continent
HeadquartersOss, Netherlands[1]
Rights holderEuropean Para Championships BV

The European Para Championships is a multi-sport event contested by para-athletes from European nations. The championships have been awarded the status of regional games by the European Paralympic Committee and offer qualification opportunities for the Paralympic Games. The Championships are partly analogous with the European Games, taking place a year before the Paralympic Games and endorsed by the EPC, and with the European Championships in that they represent a combination of selected European championships in different sports.


The event is founded by Eric Kersten from the Netherlands. In 2019, he started with the idea of combining different European Championships in parasports after his company Team TOC organized the World Archery Championships back to back with the World Para Archery Championships in the city centre of Den Bosch.


The championships are planned to be held on a four-year cycle, taking place in the year proceeding the Summer Paralympic Games. The first edition of the championships was held in August 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[2][3][4][5] As of February 2024, Turkey and Germany are bidding to host the 2027 edition.[6]

Number Year Host Sports Athletes Countries
1 2023 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands[7] 10 1500 45
2 2027 TBD[8]


The sports contested at the first European Para Championships are: Para archery, Para badminton, Boccia, Para cycling, Goalball, Para judo, Para shooting, Para taekwondo, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair tennis.

See also


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  2. ^ "About EPC". European Para Championships.
  3. ^ "Eric Kersten: The birth of the European Para Championships". February 4, 2023.
  4. ^ "GAMES & EVENTS". Europaralympic.
  5. ^ "Rotterdam to host first-ever European Para Championships in 2023". January 16, 2023.
  6. ^ "European Para Championships Receives Two 2027 Bids".
  7. ^ "European Para Championships". Facebook.
  8. ^ "Organisers want "additional applicants" for 2027 European Para Championships". February 2, 2023.