In wheelchair fencing there are three different categories of play, which all relate to the type of weapon being used. The weapons that can be used during wheelchair fencing are foil, saber and epee. The difference in the weapons is shown in the type of weapon it is, how long and heavy it may be and just how able one can be to strike their opponent.
Wheelchair fencing is played out in a much confined space compared to able bodied fencing. The entire course of play is competed at arm’s lengths distance. Much like any wheelchair sport, the wheelchair is a vitally important piece of equipment. The wheelchair must be easily adjustable and checked, along with your other equipment, at each tournament. A wide range of abilities and ages can participate in wheelchair fencing, as there are classification groups that will specify your abilities and who you can play against.
Athletes with physical disabilities get a chance to show off their shooting expertise in archery either standing up or in a wheelchair. During competition, adapted archery is identical to able bodied archery. Shooters shoot 72 arrows from a distance of 70 meters at a target of 122 centimeters; a perfect score being 720. Modifications are not made to the bow, instead if any modifications are needed; they are made to the individual’s chair. Being able to modify the chair, allows athletes to be able to hold and use the arrow with comfort. If you have the upper body strength and the fine motor skills to be accurate, this may be the sport for you.
Handcycling is much like a bike but in the sense that your arms are creating the power to create momentum rather than your legs. As well, like a basic bicycle the brakes are hand brakes and are on the equipment used to create momentum. This sport is open to any individuals who are interested in biking with their upper body. Handcycling can be a very competitive or very recreational activity. Though it may look similar to wheelchair racing, it is quite different, so be sure not to confuse the two.
Adaptive water skiing allows individuals with disabilities to experience the excitement and thrill of water sports. The RHI sports program provides adaptive water skiing events that helps increase a person’s overall physical fitness and self-confidence, and it decreases feelings of isolation and helplessness. The most common adaptation used for water skiing is the sit-ski. It allows individuals with limited balance, poor strength and coordination to sit on a wide ski while holding onto a rope that is attached to the boat. For additional information please check out these websites:Adaptive Aquatics
Wheelchair tennis is played on a standard tennis court and has all the same rules of able-bodied tennis with the exception that the wheelchair tennis athletes are allowed two bounces instead of one. Also, since the wheelchair is considered part of the athlete’s body, rules applying to the body are applied to the chair as well.
For additional information about wheelchair tennis, please check out these websites:United States Tennis Association