Adapted Sports by Rafael Ibañez

Hello! I am Rafael, that is clear. I am a 16-year-old boy (this was written in 2011) and I live in Spain.

But this text isn’t about me in particular. This text is about adapted sports. Adapted sports are the same as “ordinary sports” but with some adaptations.

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The fact is, I am a disabled person and I do a lot of sports, but first I am going to speak about adapted sports. I have been doing these kinds of adapted sports since I was born. Why? Well, adapted sports are first of all very, very important for my peace of mind, but sport is also important for my muscles since those on my back are essential for my everyday normal movements. I would like to encourage everybody, and most especially those with movement problems, to do sports. They are exciting and interesting and a way to meet new people and make friends.

In Valencia there is an organization which is called FESA (Federació d’esports adaptats de la Comunitat Valenciana). So FESA is the organization for adapted sports in Valencia, Castellón and Alicante.

In Valencia and in Spain there are a lot of adapted sports. As a matter of fact, there are more adapted sports than “normal” sports. I don’t like numbers and therefore I don’t know exactly about comparative figures.

I do three sports. I go swimming in Campanar swimming-pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I swim one hour each day. Then I ride a horse on Saturday mornings and I practise a special sport: electric chair hockey in a team called “Masclets”.

I know a lot of Para Olympic “heroes”, but, in my opinion, Para Olympic games aren’t very popular in our society because these games don’t produce a lot of money. But one thing is clear: Para Olympic games are like ordinary sports and aren’t bad or boring. DISABLED SPORT IS NORMAL SPORT TOO.

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