The Wide World of Wheelchair Sports

Dating back to the earliest of civilizations, mankind has competed in athletic competitions.

Sports are a great way to test your limits, to encourage teamwork, and to experience the glory of victory.  However, sports haven’t always been known for their inclusivity, which is a shame because everyone deserves the chance to play.

Thankfully, in today’s society, there are sports available for virtually every type of person.  Not only are they readily available to play, but the audience for them has grown significantly as well.

For example, the 2012 Paralympic Games held in London were viewed by hundreds of millions of people across the world.  With the availability to watch the competitions online, and the coverage the games received from worldwide publications, many people watched the Paralympics for the first time.

And they were immediately hooked.

Part of the beauty of the Olympics is that almost participant has a very personal story of who they are and how they got there.  With the Paralympics, the stories tend to be even greater, with many participants overcoming great adversity to get where they are today.

But we’re getting distracted.

The point is, if you want to get into a sport, there are a lot of opportunities available.  In fact, there are so many different sports available to people who use wheelchairs, that we’re writing a series about it.

The Wide World of Wheelchair Sports

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting about popular (and occasionally more obscure) sports that specifically cater to those who use a wheelchair.

From wheelchair lacrosse to wheelchair bowling, we’ll discuss the history, the rules, and even official leagues available for the sport.

As we said before, sports are a great way for people to see what they’re made of.  For those who want to test their limits, you have a lot of options available.  Stay tuned!

What’s your favorite sport?  Have you ever participated in or watched a wheelchair sport?

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