Originally Posted by Bern Hanreck
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.