How to get involved with Disability Sport

Nov 5, 2021 3:10:28 PM

Considering getting into a disability sport? Either as a participant or in a supporting role? As the profile of disability sport continues to rise in the wake of the Tokyo Paralympics, Wellspect gathers three inspirational women from the front lines of contemporary and competitive para sports, to share their unique sights, for the benefit of aspiring Paralympians and anyone wanting to get involved and enjoy the benefits of sport.

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Topics: #RoadToParis, #wheelchair basketball, parasports

United through a love of wheelchair basketball

Oct 4, 2021 7:30:00 AM

What does inclusivity mean? Let's flip it on it's head. As the partner of Svenja Mayer a player with Team Deutschland, André Hopp is also a wheelchair basketball player. The sport is like a second family to them, and it's how they met. Nothing unusual about that, you might think. Except that Andre, is fully abled.
Text: Jana Rudolf
Photograpy: Uli Gasper

André Hopp is the man at the side of national player Svenja Mayer. With her he not only shares his life, but also his love of wheelchair basketball. André Hopp and Svenja Mayer has been an unbeatable team since 2015. They met in 2014, through a shared passion: wheelchair basketball. “To me, wheelchair basketball has become a second family. Everyone knows everyone and after the games we often do activities together", says Hopp. Since he himself has no disability, 30-year old André especially appreciates the inclusiveness of the sport:

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Topics: Paralympics, #RoadToParis, #wheelchair basketball, parasports

How does the Australian national wheelchair basketball team prepare?

Sep 6, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Ella Sabljak and Matt McShane represent Australia in wheelchair basketball. They met at a tournament and eventually became a couple. How did they find wheelchair basketball and what does their schedule look like?

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Topics: quality of life, IWBF, #roadtotokyo, #wheelchairbasketball, parasports

What’s it like to compete in the Paralympics when you’re a couple?

Aug 2, 2021 7:30:00 AM

As we approach the Paralympic games in Tokyo 2021, we interviewed Australian couple, Matt McShane and Ella Sablja, both wheelchair champions playing for the Australian national wheelchair basketball men’s and women’s teams. Read their story in 2 parts and join us in watching the games, starting August 24.

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Topics: quality of life, IWBF, #roadtotokyo, #wheelchairbasketball, parasports

Wellspect LoFric Brand Ambassador and 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist Mark Zupan selected as USA wheelchair rugby analyst.

Jul 29, 2021 1:30:00 PM

A varsity football and soccer player in high school, Mark’s life was changed by an accident at the age of 18. Left a quadriplegic after his accident, Mark refused to let his situation drag him down. He went on to graduate from Georgia Tech, became a four-time quad rugby national champion, and in 2004 was named quad rugby player of the year. Mark was a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 2004 Summer Paralympics, and the gold medal-winning team at the 2008 Games.

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Topics: #roadtotokyo, parasports