The International Paralympic Committee announced some interesting changes for the Tokyo 2020 Games. They’ve added two mixed gender relays and are considering adding four new sports: CP Football, Golf, Powerchair Football and Sailing. Click HERE to read more details in the full story from Swimmers World Magazine.
In an interview with The McGill Daily, Paralympic swimmer Sarah Mehain shares her perspective on disability in the media, accessibility in school athletics and having an invisible disability. Read more
With the kickoff of the Rio Paralympics, one author explains why “inspiration” isn’t the right word to use in media coverage. Read more
Members of the media are encouraged to avoid specific words in covering the Paralympics. Read more
A marathon canoe racer since 1971, Jan Whitaker, of Henrietta, was teaching outrigger canoe lessons at the Genesee Waterways Center in Rochester in 1997 when she met a 9-year-old girl who had mobility impairment in her legs, requiring her to use leg braces. Whitaker, who had never before taught the sport to a person with disabilities, began showing her the ropes of outrigger canoeing, a type of canoeing that uses a canoe with a stabilizing pontoon, usually affixed to the left side of the canoe, to provide additional stability.
Louis Riccardi of Nutley does not view his wheelchair as a disability.
There was one enthronement week event at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Monday that touched the hearts of onlookers.
Yeehaw!!! The 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games are at last being televised in the U.S.! Well, sort of. It’s not ideal coverage, but it’s a lot more than we have ever had before, so we are making progress.
Wheelchair basketball is not only the oldest sport for people with physical disabilities, it’s also the largest.
The Winter Olympics and Paralympics are right around the corner and there’s one local athlete that will prove to the world that disabilities don’t have to hold you back.