In the Netherlands there are different sportclubs which have special G teams.
This means that the team is joining an ordinary sportclub, but the members of the G team are all mentally or physically disabled.
Most of the time they play in a seperate competition.
And their opponents are also mentally or physical disabled.
Sometimes a person who is mentally disabled can join a team with members who are not disabled.
These are the sports that people who are mentally disbled can do in the Netherlands and many other countries:
At archery it does not matter whether you are sitting or standing. An archer must only use his arms and hands. When you want to become a champion, you have to practise a lot.
You can join a local sport club where you can borrow the bows and arrows.
Later on you can buy your own equipment.
Wheelchair athletics can use a hand bike or wheelchair.
They can join races with these instruments.
Or they can do discus-throwing.
Blind persons or visual handicapped persons can join contests with a 'guide-runner ' (an accompanying runner) and nevertheless find their way on the track.
This is a sport played with light rackets and shuttles.
They can do this standing, sitting on the floor, or sitting in a wheelchair.
It is no problem to lower the net.
They need a shorter racket, but otherwise the rules and technique are the same.
This sport is pronounced as: 'botsja'.
This Paralympics sport resemblances 'jeu de boules'.
Only the rules are a bit different.
Even serious disabled people can join this sport.
You can throw the ball with your hands, feet, or a special device.
Football for people with a spasticity, developed for people with a brain damage (Cerebral Palsy). Use of crutches or wheelchairs has been prohibited. The rules deviate something from ordinary football. The teams play, for example on a smaller field and with a smaller team (six men).
When you have only one leg your bike is specially adapted.
When you are blind you can ride on a tandem with a seeing partner.
When you are spastic you can join on a bike with 3 wheels.
Do you use your muscles unilaterally because of your handicap?
Or do you do want feel somewhat more fit?
Then fitness perhaps is something for you.
Nebasnsg has established a list of fitness centre where disabled people get extra attention and accompaniment. Frequently a sport test is frequently necessary because some insurances compensates for this sport.
Even if you see no ball, you can participate simply in the game: goalball ! At this ball sport it is the intention that you hear the special ball which has a little bell in it.
This is a nice sport for blind or visual handicapped persons, but also people who can see can join this sport. Each player carries a taped up ski optical device.
In Almere there is a special G-team at the handball club: Havas.
They play in a competition against other G teams in the Netherlands.
Two years ago they won the Special Olympics with their team.
E-hockey is playing hockey sitting in an electric wheelchair.
There are special sticks that can be fixed to the wheelchair.
So people who cannot use their arms very well can play it too.
H-hockey is playing hockey sitting in a normal wheelchair.
Many people who are menatlly disabled love to ride on a horse.
People who like to move around the ice sports can choose between icesleighing or ice sleigh hockey.
These are both Paralympics sports.
You use two ice pickers to move over the ice.
The other side of this stick is used as a hockeystick.
Even blind people or people who are visually disabled can go ice skating.
At this photo you can see members of the skate club of Renate together with several visually disabled teenagers.
There are several other sports that diabled people can join.
Like skying, scating etc.
There is a special Paralympics Winter game for people who are really good at their sports.
In the Netherlands there are special G- scating teams.
At several clubs people who are mentally disabled can get scating lessons.
But also people who are blind or visual handicapped can get scating lessons.
Everone who is disabled can go sailing.
In Almere there is a special G soccer team at one of the soccer clubs.
Boys as well as girls can join the team.
There are now more than 36 members.
This is very good exercise for your muscles.
You can swim just for fun, or join contests.
The rules are a bit different from normal basketball.
You can choose between
- duo dancing: two people in a wheelchair dancing together.
- combined dancing: one person in a wheelchair, one standing.
- moving on music: sitting in a chair, or lie in bed.
You can play wheelchair tennis all the year around.
Not only for tough men, also for tough women.
The only restriction for people to go weight lifting is that they can use their hands and arms.
Useful if you have to us a wheelchair because your arm muscles become more strongly.
There are several other sports that you can join when you are mentally or physical disabled.
On these sites you can find out more about sports for disabled people: