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Commentary: There are successful athletes with dyspraxia

This was originally published on Quora on August 14 as Laura Hale’s answer to Are there any successful athletes with dyspraxia? If so can you provide examples?.


This was originally tagged as Paralympic Games and I removed it, changing it to Disability Sports mostly because the Paralympic movement has some issues related to inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities like Dyspraxia.  In some sports, this means athletes would need to actually compete on the Olympic, able-bodied side of sport.  This can often be sport specific though, and if you’re curious, it might be worth getting in touch with your national branch of INAS to find out what sporting options are open to you.

That out of the way, one of the sports open to people with dyspraxia to compete against others is table tennis.  This sport offers a fair amount of potential role models.   One of them is Adam Gittings, who is the British men’s national champion in Class 11 table tennis, the group for people with intellectual disabilities.  He became the national champion in 2014 after only two years participating in the sport, after beating the top ranked domestic player and world bronze medalist.  He has been really successful this year.  Table Tennis: National champ Adam is a number one smash hit and Two silver medals for table-tennis prospect Gittings.  There are lots of Adams in table tennis who are sports people I would consider successful: They train hard.  They compete at the highest level.  They win.  They may not make the money or get the endorsement deals, but they are the best at what they do.

The video below is Adam in action.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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