Tennis is a beloved sport in Australia, both as a hobby and on the professional circuit. Our prestigious national competitions, such as the Australian Open, draw crowds of avid tennis enthusiasts and casual fans alike to celebrate the successes of the Australian sporting community.
According to Tennis Australia, athletes are allowed two bounces of the ball, but otherwise, the game remains much the same as its non-adapted counterpart. The vast majority of our national tennis competitions now include adapted categories, but there is also an entire wheelchair tennis circuit of its own in Australia.
Adapted swimming is a versatile sport which boasts a variety of therapeutic benefits for people with disabilities. With a few small changes, pools can be made accessible to allow swimmers from all walks of life to take part in an all-body workout with little to no strain, impact, or pain.
Wheelchairs are a doorway to the world of adaptive sports and fitness for many people with disabilities, and just like any other athletic gear, individual sporting disciplines demand specific features. For this reason, many sports-focused wheelchairs can be customised to suit the individual and the activity. Such adaptations can include making wheelchairs lighter and more aerodynamic for speed, reinforcing frames for stability, and even adding attachments with which to carry sporting accessories.
Adapted bikes are a great way to expose people with disabilities to new forms of recreation, exercise, and travel. There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to adapted hand bikes, making it easy for you to choose a model that is suited to your age, fitness and level of ability. Moreover, the four main classes of hand bike – leisure, recreational, competitive sporting, and foot-operated – offer even more options to customise functions and adaptions.
The upcoming Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast from 4th to 15th April 2018. With more than 6600 athletes from over 70 commonwealth nations and territories expected to take part in the contest, the event will be the largest since the formation of the competition.