Rio Paralympics 2016 are coming…
September the 7th marks the start of the Rio Paralympics 2016 - and with excitement mounting, Wenman Healthcare has taken the time to put together a list of fascinating Paralympic facts:
- The Numbers: There will be 528 individual sporting events taking place over 11 days, with 4,350 athletes from 176 nations taking part. This is a huge leap in numbers since the last games in London 2012 where just 1,100 Paralympian athletes competed.
- Britain is set to take storm: This year sees the introduction of Canoeing and Paratriathlon to the games. Great Britain have had great success at both these sports, regularly finishing with medals. At the 2012 Auckland ITU Aquathlon World Championships, the Paratriathlons came away with 11 medals in total - so expect to see great things from the British team this year!
- At the Beginning: The Paralympics first took place in London in 1948. Before this date less abled individuals had to compete in the Olympics. The most famous of which was in 1904 where George Eyser, a Gymnast, competed against abled-bodied athletes to win three gold medals, two silvers and one bronze.
- Advances: The Paralympics have continued to develop; up until 1974 the games only included less abled athletes in wheelchairs. After this individuals with varying disabilities became included in the event, which has been crucial in increasing its popularity. Now the second most watched sporting event in the World; the Paralympics successfully assists in changing perceptions on disability and increasing awareness of certain conditions.
- Wheelchairs race ahead: During the Paralympian games, the sport wheelchairs can reach speeds of 30 kilometres per hour. Fast enough to take your breath away! You can watch these wheelchairs in action during the Paralympian Rugby and Basketball.
This year's Paralympics is set to be the biggest yet, and here at Wenman Healthcare we hope you are looking forward to it with as much anticipation as we are!
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