7 Sep


The Paralympics have been a great success with people flocking to all the events particularly athletics at the Olympic Stadium and cycling at the velodrome. Personally I’ve found the categories used in many of the events a bit confusing but it hasn’t spoiled my enjoyment of the games. I had been looking forward to the wheelchair rugby competition and it has lived up to my expectations. I watched the first game between Team GB and the USA and for me it was completely compelling; the skill levels were high and although there is no physical contact there are plenty of chair crashes; the chairs then have tome uprighted before the player can continue. The sport was first developed in Canada in the late 1970s and was originally called ‘Murderball’ because of its aggressive, full-contact nature. Incorporating elements of basketball, handball and ice hockey, Wheelchair Rugby first appeared in the 1996 Paralympics and most games have been sold out in 2012. Just a couple of other facts; the teams of four can be mixed and it’s not played with funny shaped balls; they use what looks like a volleyball. In 2005 an American documentary film about the rivalry between the American and Canadian teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympics was released titled  Murderball!



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