They Did Whaaaat?
Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the amazing achievements happening at the London 2012 Paralympics.
What incredible things are happening in London right now, you ask? Besides the Irish runner whose mom got to present him with the gold medal, or the blind runner who held up a marriage proposal sign after crossing the finish, or the big Oscar Pistorius upset, or my tweet getting read in London by the commentators? Well, here’s some basic info…..
5 a Side football is for visually impaired athletes. It’s played similar to regular football (soccer for my American readers) but the ball makes noise and the field of play is smaller. All the players except the goalie wear eye masks because they have various levels of sight.
Wheelchair basketball is also played similar to regular basketball on a regulation sized court with a regulation height basket. Traveling is called if the player doesn’t dribble the ball after two pushes of their chair.
The athletics, or track and field, has been most incredible to watch. I’ve seen people with visual impairments throwing the discus, people throwing the javelin from their wheelchairs, an athlete with one leg hop hop hop and then jump over the high jump, and blind athletes do the long jump as their guides yell and clap signals to them.
And if you want fast, each and every one of the runners is fast: the ones with limb differences, the ones who run with guides, the ones who use wheelchairs. Super fast.
And stay tuned here for my very favorite sport that starts tomorrow and for my thoughts on guided running.