The Austrian Paralympic Committee welcomed around 200 children to its Talent Day ©ÖPC

The Austrian Paralympic Committee (ÖPC) welcomed 200 children and young people to the BSFZ Südstadt in Vienna for its second Talent Day.

The first edition of the event took place in 2019 and had not been held since because of COVID-19.

Two coaches and several vans brought children from across the country to the capital to take part.

It aims to not only find talented athletes but also to introduce children to new sports.

"Sport brings together so many different emotions – and Talent Day brings them all together," said ÖPC President Maria Rauch-Kallat.

"But not only that, the spirit was contagious and jumped from the stars to the children.

"Hopefully we've rekindled the Paralympic fire for many of them to burn for life for the sport.

"And if it doesn't become a top-class sports career, hopefully all participants were able to take away many unforgettable memories."

Swimming, athletics, cycling, hand biking, wheelchair basketball, archery, wheelchair tennis, sailing, table tennis, and badminton were all available to try.

Paralympic medal winners Walter Ablinger, Markus Salcher, Thomas Fruehwirth, Alexander Gritsch, Wolfgang Schattauer, Andreas Onea and Krisztian Gardos supported the hopeful youngsters with equipment and learning new techniques.

"There is talent in each of these children, which is why this offer from the ÖPC is so important that different sports can be tried out," said Vice Chancellor and Sports Minister Werner Kogler.

"This is the only way to see what talents you really have – and the best Paralympic athletes help and support you in this."