PRLog - Sep. 5, 2012 - GLASGOW, U.K. -- When the London 2012 Olympic Games closed a few weeks ago everyone at First Class Concepts felt at a slight loss. What are we going to talk about now?! Fear not, the Paralympic Games opening ceremony is tonight and we have a whole host of sporting fun ahead of us. Here are a few facts and details to keep you in the know.
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The Paralympic games started in the UK. Sir Ludwig Guttmann is credited with coming up with the Paralympic games. After he watched a group of disabled war veterans in wheelchairs using walking sticks to knock a puck around, he came up with the idea of the 1948 International Wheelchair Games for war veterans to coincide with the Olympics being held in London. It became the Paralympic Games in 1960 and was opened to athletes who were not war veterans.
Don’t expect to see the Olympic rings. The Paralympic games is signified by Agitos, three swoops in red, blue and green that represent the Paralympic motto “spirit in motion”
Our Paralympic team is just as great at the GB Olympic team. Paralympics GB have been consistently finishing in second place in the medals table for some time now. We’ve got a better chance than ever of topping the medals table. Go GB Go!
Ever heard of Murderball? Well you probably have, just not with that name! It’s Wheelchair Rugby officially and it’s pretty brutal hence its nickname. It involves athletes using their reinforced wheelchairs to ram into people and knock them over and steal possession of the ball. Sounds more dangerous than any of the Olympic sports!
What about Goalball? Goalball is played by 3 blind athletes (per team) who throw a ball at the goal, which is defended by the other side, in an attempt to score. The ball makes a noise so that the keepers and scorers know where it is. Talk about lightening fast reflexes.
There are 21 sports involved in the Paralympics. Athletes are classified according to their disability and only those with similar classifications will compete against each other. For this reason there are 148 gold medals up for grabs in the swimming pool compared to 34 at the Olympics. There are six categories of athletes who are allowed to take part in the Paralympic Games: Amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, visually impaired, les autres (the others).
At First Class Concepts we learnt a lot about different sports at the Olympic Games. We always try to be great students in our industry of direct sales. We’re ready to take on a whole lot more information at the Paralympics. From everyone here at First Class Concepts, we wish all the athletes the best of luck.
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