Disability bodybuilding: Growing Opportunities in 2022

From Exeter to Motherwell, Birmingham to Tampa!

If you’ve followed my feed for a while you’ll know there is a joy in reviewing the expansion of events that have included a disability category.

The PCA, being a longtime partner of the class has seen a significant rise in athletes bringing their best to the stage and that continues to shine through in 2022…

28 events are scheduled for the coming year with the federation, including more first timer shows, the upcoming PCA Universe and the annual British Championships at the end.

This year I had the chance to compete at my relatively local seaside town of Bournemouth with the newly formed FITX Federation which pleasingly also featured a mixed disability category, which proved to also be a great show. Once again FITX will be on the road in 2022 with a total of 12 events across the UK.

Also, with news from across the Atlantic that the PCA USA will again be hosting a number of shows (15) already published in the planning with more set to be announced!

Together with this, news has been published from IFBB last week that the Wheelchair Division is now part of the 2022 Olympia Qualification System…so fantastic to read that much is developing with the category & going in a good direction.

There can be improvements with access & diversity across the foundations of fitness to help more into the sport but I’m so happy to report news like this and thank everyone for striving to bring further diversity to this sport – it helps people bring their best and the support is tremendous!!

Now, I’ll be around as much as I can with the scene in the next year, more than likely not on the stage as I grow further (TBC) but I’ll be there as much as I can to cheer everyone in the category as a growing number of athletes take their place on stage!

Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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