Inclusive Sports at the Arnold Sports Festival 2018
Spire (Spinal Injury Resource & Support Network) is coordinating a range of inclusive sports during the Arnold Sports Festival. Ten exciting sports and activities will be demonstrated over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The majority of these sports are available for people to play at a local level or at the highest level like the Paralympic Games. In fact, many of the athletes taking part are Paralympic Gold medallists.
Wheelchair Tennis integrates very easily with the able-bodied game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to the size of the court or the size of rackets or balls. Two bounces are allowed.
A sport which can be played by both men and women of any age with a physical impairment. It is a growing sport that can be played both competitively and socially.
Special Olympics Australia
Special Olympics Australia is part of a global sporting community for people with an intellectual disability. By giving these individuals opportunities to play sport, together we can open the door to personal achievement, pride and inclusion for some of the marginalised and isolated members of our community.
Electric Wheelchair (Balloon) Soccer
This sport is played with a large balloon on an indoor basketball court, where players will attempt to score goals with their head or wheelchair. Players cannot move their hand or foot from its usual stationary position on the body or wheelchair, and deliberately interferes with play.
For the Arnold Sports Festival, Blindfold boxing is a come-and-try activity. Generally, these sessions are run for people who are blind or have low vision. Boxing drills are supported by personal trainers and fitness instructors and it can be done seated, or kneeling on yoga mats. The come-and-try activity is designed to simulate having low vision and partaking in these drills.
Wheelchair Handball is a fast fun, dynamic team sport which is played indoors or outdoors. The aim of the game is to score as many goals as possible by throwing the ball into a soccer-style goal.