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Old 10 September 2012, 14:06   #11
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simon - I found this page helped a lot to decipher the coding system: BBC SPORT | Other sport... | Paralympics | A-Z of Paralympic classification
Thanks Poly, yes that does shed quite a bit of light on how the "infrastructure" was set up.

I would bet that many people simply don't realise how much work has gone into building a system that is both fair and practical for all involved.

I guessed that there would be sub-categories defining the level of "disablement" but never appreciated just how many there was.

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Poly's link is not totally comprehensive !

In wheelchair rugby , both men & women may compete against eachother in mixed sex teams . As I understand it , women are automatically graded at 0.5 below any male with a similar physical handicap . Is that real equality or is it just sexist ? Just wondering like !

Agree with all the sentiments expressed though
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Poly's link is not totally comprehensive !

In wheelchair rugby , both men & women may compete against eachother in mixed sex teams . As I understand it , women are automatically graded at 0.5 below any male with a similar physical handicap . Is that real equality or is it just sexist ? Just wondering like !

Agree with all the sentiments expressed though
Your right that link only sratches the surface of the complexity of different disabilities, but gives a very basic idea for those with no knowledge of disability.
Wheelchair rugby is a perfect example, with many different ability levels, developed mainly for quad and tetraplegics, so usually broken neck to qualify, which can mean anything from 4 limbs being partially paralysed, or just 2 limbs partially or completely and the list goes on, and yes the ladies are counted 0.5 under per lady, with a max of 4 players totaling 8 points on court. with a max of 3.5 per person which means good upper body strength, to 0.5 per person with less ability.
The idea of these games is to give an opportunity for all levels of disability to take part, there is still a qualifing level that competitors take part in like the stoke Mandeville games.
There are so many different disabilities. and I think the parylimpics gives hope to those newly effected with disability.
As for best personality I think they all done very well.
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As a family we enjoyed it far more than we expected, and in many ways more than the normal ones.

The Able bodied athletes go through so much to compete, but these guys

Im pleased everybody has got behind them and treated them with the respect and admiration they deserve.

The next question is going to be whos up for sports personality of the year?
Will Wiggins, Ennis, Pendleton etc be overshadowed by Weir, Peacock, Simmonds etc.

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I think that sums it up very well for us too - We enjoyed both parts of the Olympics and it would be hard to separate them in terms of enjoyment - didn't the whole of team GB do extremely well!
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