Wheelchair tennis’s Grand Slam journey passes another landmark this week at Roland Garros as 32 wheelchair players line up to contest the titles at one of the sport’s four majors for the first time.
The first Para Triathlon Series event of 2022 gets underway in Yokohama this weekend, featuring Paralympic gold medalists from Tokyo 2020 and rising stars hoping to plot a route to Paris 2024.
Once again the 750m harbour swim transitions into a 20km bike through the city streets, with tight turns around the Kanagawa government building and in front of the iconic ferris wheel across the four laps. The run will be a three-lap 5km for all but the racing wheelchairs, that will take a single lap to the finish.
WWR is delighted to announce that the 2023 Asia-Oceania Championship will be hosted by Japan Wheelchair Rugby Federation in, Tokyo.
Confirmation of the dates will be announced later this year.
Teams will compete in what is a direct qualifier for the Paris Paralympic Games in 2024.
Richard Allcroft, WWR President said:
Following weeks of intensive training, 40 hand-picked participants from 19 countries have completed the Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations (APSO) Women Lead Sports (WLS) programme, which supports the development and active participation of women in decision-making within para sport organisations worldwide.
Created by award winning trainer and professional coach Gabriela Mueller, the programme is designed to give women the tools they require to become effective negotiators, communicators, change-agents and influential leaders in sports governance structures.
WWR is delighted to announce that the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby European Qualification Championship will be hosted by the Norwegian Rugby Association at Skien Fritidspark.
Four days of competition will commence Wednesday 7th September 2022 with finals day on Saturday 10th September 2022. 10 European Wheelchair Rugby National teams will be competing for places at the European Championship 2023 to be hosted by Great Britain to be held at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in late April early May 2023.
The FEI has launched The Para Equestrian Digest, an online magazine created for Para Equestrian athletes and the people connected to the sport so they can share – in their own words – their personal experiences and disability stories.
Every month, the Digest will put the spotlight on an athlete or project in Para Equestrian sport with the aim of improving disability awareness and inclusion.
FIBA, the governing body of basketball, and IWBF, the governing body of wheelchair basketball, have announced further steps to intensify their relationship with the common goal to develop and grow basketball across the world.
The two organizations reaffirmed their close collaboration following recent meetings by the IWBF Executive Council and the FIBA Executive Committee, where it was approved by both Executive Boards to intensify the cooperation.
The International Tennis Federation and UNIQLO have today announced that the clothing brand will continue its support of wheelchair tennis for a further three years, committing to a renewal of its title sponsorship agreement for the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour through 2024.
At the Uganda Para Badminton International 2021 in Kampala (16–21 November), 15 female players were handed the BWF Female Participation Grant to be classified and to participate for the first time at the tournament.
Some of the first-time recipients included athletes from Benin, DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
One such athlete was Guillain-Barré syndrome-affected Zimbabwean Yemurai Ngoma, who uses Para badminton as an advocacy tool to raise awareness among fellow female athletes on their sexual reproductive health rights as well as gender violence.
WWR Chief Medical Officer publishes ‘Concussion Management for Wheelchair Athletes – Evaluation and Examination’
Kenneth Lee, World Wheelchair Rugby Chief Medical Officer has published a book entitled – Concussion Management for Wheelchair Athletes – Evaluation and Examination