The Australian delegation for this year’s Rio Paralympics is composed of 177 athletes, of which 74 are women. Almost half of the country’s representatives will make their debut in the Paralympics. This sporting event shows that even the disabled can compete in the international sporting arena.
Women and Sports
Disabled or not, women can excel even in sports. Thanks to Paralympics, women with disabilities can realize fully their sports potentials. For those who are not Paralympic-material yet, they can participate in . Nonetheless, here are some sports and physical activities that disabled women can enjoy:
The visually impaired were the first athletes who participated in the cycling match in the Paralympics. Today, sportsmen with cerebral palsy and physically disabled can compete in the game.
Those with visual disabilities take part in the game with a sighted partner. They are in tandem bicycles and can play in track and road rounds of the competition. This Rio Paralympics, seven women will represent the country. All but have physical impairments.
Beijing Paralympian Sharon Jarvis will lead the country’s all-female equestrian team for the Rio Paralympics. For many years, the sport was used for rehabilitation and recreation of the disabled and wealthy, sick people. In 1996, equestrian became a Paralympic sport.
Competitors will have to battle it out for Dressage events, Championship Test, Freestyle Test, and Team Test. During the tournament, riders can opt for assistive devices and aids.
Goalball is an active sport that is intended only for sportsmen with visual impairments. In 1946, the game was invented as a support to blind veterans of the World War II. Goalball is akin to football. The goal of the game is to roll the ball until it reaches the other team’s end.
Both men and women can compete in the sport. An all-female goalball team composed of six athletes will represent the country for this year’s Paralympics.
- Wheelchair Tennis
Wheelchair tennis is also an active sport. It became a Paralympic sport during the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. The game is similar to tennis. The only difference is that the players are on wheelchairs and the ball is allowed to bounce twice.