The SA Womens Wheelchair Basketball Team is heading to Mexico at the end of February to qualify for a place at the London 2012 Paralympics.
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Female Rowers Please
A JHB boat team is looking for two female rowers who are missing limbs or sight impaired (but notcompletely blind) to try out for the
2012 Paralympics Team. Must live near Jo'burg (for training) and not be in school as training camps would be a problem. Please contact
From 24 to 28 March the 2012 Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled, presented by South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD), will take place in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. This annual national championship caters for nine sports and five disability groups including SCI, amputees, cerebral palsied, Visually Impaired and Les Autres (the others).
Hosted by KZN Association for Physically Disabled the event will feature: athletics, swimming, goalball, boccia, cycling, judo, powerlifting and 5-a-side soccer. Venues include the George Campbell School badminton centre, Kings Park swimmingpool and athletics stadium, UKZN Westville Campus Sports Centre and the Virgin Active Classic Health Club at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The championships provide the final opportunity for athletes to qualify for Team SA for the London 2012 Paralympic Games (August 29 to September 9). Nedbank have been loyal supporters of sport for the disabled for many years and SASAPD is grateful for their support.
In 1948, Sir Ludwig Guttmann organized a sports competition for World War II veterans with spinal cord injuries (SCI) at Stoke Mandeville, England. Four years later the Netherlands joined and an international movement was born. Olympic style games for athletes with a disability were organized for the first time in Rome in 1960, now called Paralympics (para meaning alongside plus (O)lympics). At Toronto in 1976 other disability groups were added and, in the same year, the first Paralympic Winter Games took place in Sweden.
Today, the Paralympics are elite sport events for athletes with a disability, emphasizing participants' athletic achievements rather than their disability. The Summer Paralympic Games has increased dramatically from 400 athletes (23 countries) competing in Rome, 1960 to 3,951 athletes (146 countries) in Beijing, 2008.
Beijing athletes participated in 472 events across 20 sports. Team SA won a total of 30 medals -21 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze -finishing 6th overall. There is every reason to believe that Team SA2012, no doubt including the likes of Oscar Pistorius, Natalie du Toit, Charl Bouwer, Hilton Langenhoven, Ilse Hayes and Kevin Paul, will continue to fly the SA flag high.
SASAPD celebrates its 50thbirthday in 2012. The SA Paraplegic Games Association was founded in 1962 by the Rotary Club for SCI athletes. After the 1976 Toronto Paralympics the name was changed to the South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled and other disabilities were included.
SASAPD provide sport at a mass participation and development level to all athletes witha disability and assist high performance athletes to represent SA.