Dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and competitive spirit are some of the hallmark characteristics associated with the first ever paratriathlon in the last Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.
Wheelchair fencing can be practised by both men and women in wheelchairs, by amputees or by those with mild cerebral palsy. The same weapon categories apply to those used in classical fencing (foil, sabre or épée).
The history of wheelchair fencing began in England in the 1950s at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where soldiers wounded in WW2 underwent recovery and rehabilitation.
After its debut at the 1960 Rome Olympics, it soon became a very popular all-round adapted sport that required not only physical strength, but also precision, technique and style.
Kirk Williams is an adventure photographer. Being a C6-7 quadriplegic, with paralysis from the chest down, he has refused to let his disability define him. He tried out a number of wheelchair adaptive sports and found wheelchair rugby was the most impactful for him.
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.