What is Disability Sport?
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EfDS), aim to make active lives possible with a vision that disabled people are active for life.
There are also a number of National Disability Sports Organisations including British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association, Mencap Sport, Special Olympics GB, UK Deaf Sport, LimbPower and Wheelpower.
Events featured in the Paralympic Games includes: archery, athletics, boccia, cycling, equestrian, football, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
Being physically active is a lifestyle choice proven to provide social and personal benefits. Physical activity boosts the immune system, provides natural pain relief, improves strength and balance, and can also help to build confidence and reduce stress.
For local disability sport opportunities, please contact Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS). The Parasport website also provides information on disability sports opportunities in the UK. Contacting a National Disability Sport Organisation is also a good starting point to get involved in sport and for those wanting to develop their talent.
The founder of the Paralympic Games was Dr Ludwig Guttmann who in 1948, set up competitions for disabled people to coincide with the London Olympic Games.