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Follow the Action and Local Athletes in the Paralympic Games

Paralympic GamesAre you already missing the excitement of the Winter Olympic Games? There’s more action to come, as the Paralympic Games get underway in Sochi on March 7.

Resources for Adaptive Winter Sports

If the Olympic buzz has you inspired to get off the couch and take to the outdoors to ski, snowboard or ice skate, there is certainly no shortage of opportunities to do so in Pennsylvania.  For those with disabilities, there also are a variety of local venues where children and adults can learn a new winter sport. 

Paralympics to Showcase World’s Best Athletes with Disabilities

If you have seen South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, run at the Olympics, you know that people with disabilities are among the world’s best athletes. Those athletes will take center stage in London when the Paralympics begin on August 29.  We’re not sure Queen Elizabeth II will parachute from the skies, but she will attend the opening ceremony.

Winter Sports Options for People with Disabilities

This is a great time of year for all people, including those with disabilities, to enjoy the great outdoors or to participate in indoor sports.  

Adaptive Rowers Participate in World Championships

Recently, I had the honor of serving as chief classifer for adaptive rowing at the World Rowing Championships, held on beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia. The competition included five adaptive rowing events, four of which were qualification events for the Paralympics. One of the great things about most rowing competitions is that the adaptive rowing events are included with the “able-bodied” events. Most other sports hold separate adaptive and able-bodied world championship competitions.
 

Enjoying Sports If You Have a Disability

Imagine feeling the spray of water in your face as you kayak down a roaring river, or feeling the wind whip against your skin as you ski down a snow-covered mountain. Sports, such as kayaking, skiing, basketball or cycling, bring great joy to many people’s lives.  People living with disabilities, such as paralysis or amputation, are no different.

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