A relatively new addition to the exciting world of para-sport, the Paratriathlon first entered the Paralympic scene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016 and is only set to grow as more athletes develop a passion for the sport.
Golf is a wonderfully social sport for people of virtually all ages and physical abilities. One of the core aspects of the sport is its unique handicapping system, which is a calculated measure of players' individual abilities to compete on equitable terms. This system has, in turn, leant itself to the development of adapted golf for players with disabilities.
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.