This year’s Commonwealth games will be held in the Gold Coast of Australia and will run from 4th to 15th April 2018. With the numbers being at an all-time high of 6,600 athletes from an astounding 70 commonwealth nations, making it the biggest ever. This a clear indication of the journey the games have made
There are a great number of adapted bikes on the market to choose from, so finding one to suit you should be relatively easy, regardless of your disability, age or fitness. There are hand bikes for leisure, recreational sport and competitive sports, as well as some that can be operated by foot.
As with conventional bicycles, cycles for those with disabilities come in different sizes and adaptions, so it is advisable to take certain points into consideration before making your selection.
In terms of disability sport the Paralympic games have to be regarded as the pinnacle of competition, with the achievement of being awarded a Paralympic medal the ultimate recognition and honour for a Paralympic athlete. But who are the most successful Paralympic athletes and countries?
The Paralympic summer games are not the only sport event worth watching – the winter games are equally exciting. Since 1976, they are held after the Olympic Winter Games.
Whenever you think of Winter Games, skiing will surely come to mind. Athletes with disabilities can test their skills in a wide range of disciplines: slalom/giant slalom, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, and biathlon. In contrast to the Paralympic Summer Games, only athletes with physical disabilities are usually allowed to participate.
Wheelchair hockey can be practised by anyone regardless of their disability, as it is designed for powered wheelchair users.
The wheelchairs can be adapted in terms of their speed, whilst other aspects of the game can be modified, such as the stick length or the inclusion of additional security such as seatbelts, making it a safe sport for both children and adults.
It can be practised by men and women regardless of age, including those with severe disabilities such as neuromuscular diseases, cerebral palsy, poliomyelitis, hemiplegia, tetraplegia or spina bifida.