As promised in my post about what to put in your Olympic calendar this is a post on your Paralympic calendar. We have a fantastic GB Paralympic team which will make this 2016 Games extremely exciting but to add to that, Triathlon is making its Paralympic debut in Rio this year. I think that this is a real triumph for the success of Triathlon as a whole. Especially as the Olympic Triathlon has only been included in the last 4 Olympics, since the Sydney 2000 games.
This post is also very fitting as last week I volunteered at my place of work (ASOS) to help with the GB Paralympic kitting out sessions for their Formal, Ceremonial, Training, Village and Competition wear. ASOS have designed the clothes for the GB Paralympic team for their Formal and Ceremonial clothes and we were given the chance to help out with these fittings. I helped out with the GB Wheelchair rugby, Shooting and Rowing teams.
It was such a wonderful opportunity to have and I was so grateful to be given the chance to help out. I loved my time working on the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics and it’s getting me very excited for August and September, I can only imagine what the athletes are feeling.
So the Paralympics starts on 7th September and finishes on the 18th September where there will be over 4,000 athletes competing. I was lucky enough to watch some of the Paralympic Athletics at 2012 and it was just incredible. Below are a few sports to note in the Paralympics and of course I have started with Triathlon.
Football – is on everyday from the 8th to the 15th September both 5 and 7 a-side. In 5-a-side football players must be B1 level of visual impairment (although the goalkeeper may be sighted). Then in 7-a-side the players must be ambulant athletes who have cerebral palsy. I am always mesmerised by the skill of the athletes with visual impairments using their hearing to understand where the ball is, just inspiring.
Wheelchair Rugby – 14th-17th September. This game is one of the only full contact Paralympic sports which is probably why it always looks so brutal to me and has been given the nickname “murderball”.
Wheelchair Basketball – Any day from the 8th to the 15th September. I saw some of the Wheelchair Basketball at 2012 and I loved it, it was fast paced and includes 5 players in each team.
Cycling Track 8th -11th & Cycling Road 14th -17th September – Paralympic cyclists compete under exactly the same rules and conditions as their counterparts at the Olympic Games. There are 4 main categories, B indicates a cyclist who is blind or has a visual impairment riding a tandem, H indicates a handcyclist, T indicates a tricyclist and C indicates a cyclist riding a bicycle. Road cyclists compete on handbicycles, tricycles, tandem bicycles or bicycles according to their functionality. On the Track, cyclists ride either tandem bicycles or bicycles.
Thanks, #preparedtotri x