With so much disruption over the last 18 months you’d be forgiven for thinking that maybe it’ll take a while for momentum to start build again toward opportunities to compete across the board in any sport given that restrictions have only just lifted.
However, over the last few weeks and very much on the horizon ahead, there are many events taking place that have disability categories within their different programmed events.
Now, whether this is more apparent through recent research, but I’m noticing a greater number of opportunities come up this year like never before…and I have to say it’s bloody marvellous that this is the case!
From a bodybuilding perspective, my sport of choice to compete in, within the UK we have the PCA, with a number of events supporting a disability category as always through to the end of the year. New federation, FITX also have a mixed disability category, both of which have featured some fantastic athletes already! On a wider scale & on a personal basis I’m looking forward to eventually fulfilling the dream of entering the disability bodybuilding category in the PCA USA which continue to have opportunities in Florida…
Then there is the Pro Olympia Wheelchair Competition taking place this October in Orlando.
Together with the adaptive CrossFit divisions that have just been awarded this week and the upcoming Paralympics in Japan, this all adds up to what is an incredible springboard of development in disability sport.
To finish this week, I’d also like to congratulate Mark Smith and his Peterborough United FC teammates for wining their FA Disability Cup (one of five finals held at the magnificent St George’s Park, with BT Sport providing live coverage on the finals)!!
It’s delightful to come across so much opportunity across so many sports – can there be more? Of course, but as we’ve just reviewed above, there is SO much to celebrate, enjoy and challenge for this year and it’s gets better and better!
Give all you got my friends!! Let’s do this!!