As a destination of excellence, the town of Laško was awarded the title EDEN - European Destination of Excellence for accessible tourism and is therefore a suitable location for all athletes who encounter any limitations on their way.
The hotel capacities of Thermana laško and the nearby sports halls offer ideal conditions for preparations, trainings and competitions of top athletes with disabilities.
OHotel Thermana Park Laško****superior
offers a total of 188 modern hotel rooms, 10 of them are adapted for disabled guests. On 25 m2 the rooms allow the movement with a wheelchair. The bathroom features a wheelchair accessible shower cabin with a handhold and shower chair. The hotel is designed without architectural barriers, guests can smoothly access the rooms, restaurant, café, swimming pools, wellness centre and congress halls. Parking spaces designed for people with disabilities are located in the outdoor parking space and in the hotel’s garage.
Hotel Zdravilišče Laško****
was awarded the Golden Certificate Disability Friendly. From a total of 207 rooms, 55 rooms are adapted for disabled guests. On 23 m2 the rooms allow the movement with a wheelchair. The bathroom features a handhold and a shower chair, in some rooms a wheelchair accessible shower is available. In 9 rooms adapted for disabled guests the combination of one nursing bed and one hotel bed is available. The hotel is designed without architectural barriers, guests can smoothly access the rooms, restaurant, café, medical centre and physiotherapy, swimming pools and wellness centre. The Zdravilišče Laško Swimming Pools features a personal elevator, offering assistance with the entry into the swimming pool and two adapted rooms for showering and changing clothes. Parking spaces designed for people with disabilities are located outside the hotel.
IThe Infrastructure of the sport halls allows people with physically limited mobility an easy access to sports facilities. All three sports halls - Three Lilies Sports Hall, Zlatorog Sport Centre and Golovec Sport Centre - have arranged access for people with disabilities. The Three lilies sports hall is located in the immediate vicinity of the Thermana Laško hotels. In 2016 an outdoor elevator was built additionally. The hall is only a 500 metres walking distance from the hotels and guests can reach it by a sidewalk at the level of the road, which makes the access very comfortably and without any effort.
Laško hosted a number of athletes with disabilities. Each year we carry out diverse competitions and preparations, the most famous one being Thermana Open – the traditional tournament for the World Cup in table tennis for athletes with disabilities.
In addition to the above mentioned tournament we also host sports preparations of the basketball players in wheelchairs and para-cyclists. During the European Deaf Championships in Bowling for the deaf and hearing impaired we have accommodated the contestants. The Congress Centre also offers the possibility of organizing a dance competitions for people with disabilities.
Damijan Lazar, President of the Sports Federation for the Disabled and Paralympic Committee of Slovenia
In 2015 we brought more than 400 players and escorts, that is a total of more than 700 participants of this international championship to Laško. It was necessary to provide good quality accommodation conditions, and this was provided by Thermana Laško, which has proved to be a real and credible partner in the project.
Gorazd Vecko, Thermana Open Tournament Director
There were more than 400 players from 48 countries, and we played more than 2.000 lots without major delays. Each individual has contributed to the perfect organization. At this point let me thank the Thermana Laško team, which satisfied all our needs. I would also commend the Three Lilies Sports Hall, which is excellent, as is the town of Laško. They all listened to our requirements and realized them. We are extremely pleased that this year's tournament was a success. As a curiosity, let me say that the players themselves acknowledged that they would be able to carry out a tournament with over 500 players. The year 2016 will be a very difficult year. Since Rio in Brazil will host the Paralympic Games, we again expect a huge number of players at the next tournament. In fact, some have already started booking rooms because we bought and booked in advance all the hotel capacities in Laško.
Bojan Lukežič, Slovenia National Team
For us, athletes with disabilities, Thermana Laško is a real Mecca. All is taken care of, the conditions are excellent, the staff is friendly, the Three Lilies Sports Hall is at your fingertips. We love to return to Laško.
Sandra Paović, Croatia National Team
We all love the Thermana Open tournaments. The conditions for stay and competing are excellent. This year it was a little too hot, so we were rather tired, but the conditions were the same for everyone. Otherwise, we all know that the Thermana Open tournament is the most well organized tournament in the world. Proof of this is also the most numerous participation.
Aleksej Dolinšek, Para-cyclists Coach, the Sports Federation for the Disabled and Paralympic Committee of Slovenia
Pleasant environment and the top-quality professional support of the Thermana Laško therapeutic staff, provide excellent conditions for the preparation of athletes of all kinds. On the preparations of hand cyclists, I was impressed by the flexibility and a wide range of options offered by the hotel capacities. In the surrounding area you will find suitable routes for cycling training and fitness for all types of participants. In any case, Laško is a very interesting and suitable location for such activities. We will most certainly return.
David Razboršek, Hand Cyclist
The preparations of the hand cyclists in Thermana Laško were an excellent introduction to the cycling season. With the systematic and professional work, they have exceeded all our expectations. During the preparations I realized the importance of a comprehensive professional treatment in the areas of physiotherapy, kinesiology, fitness and cycling. Testing, intensive work, proper relaxation and professional supervision has enabled me to advance during the preparations and the selected exercises, which I have continued performing after the preparation, allow me to have a better posture in the wheelchair, proper development and more efficient cycling skills. My sincere thanks to my psychotherapist, Katja, with her professionalism and welcoming attitude, who worked with me as well as the entire team. We have become dear friends. I highly recommend.
Janez Hudej, President of the Association of Paraplegics Southwest Štajerska
Paraplegia is a condition after injury of the spinal cord. It is a paralysis of the lower part of the body from the damage afflicted. In the past, I was a top athlete, so I know the only way to help reimburse the physical and mental strength of a paraplegic or a quad paraplegic (which is critical for independent living), is a targeted rehabilitation program. The program provides physical therapy on the highest level, which is combined with elements of sports training. Such a program has been offered to me in the Hotel Zdravilišče Laško by a qualified staff. I recommend it to all who want to become stronger physically and mentally.
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