Yesterday in Dundee, Scotland, there was a “Come and Try” disability sports event organized as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. The event was organized by Leisure & Culture Dundee and Ancrum Outdoor Centre. Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club was involved with the event.
Participants also had fun doing things like tossing around a rugby football and basketball while in a wheelchair on a street soccer field. People of all ages participated, including younger children and more mature adults. On Monday, a similar event for racing will take place involving a 100 meter sprint.
The Commonwealth Games officially kicked off on Wednesday. Para-competitors have already set several world records at the competition, with Australia’s Rowan Crothers and Maddison Elliott having set world records in the pool. Para-sports on the program include athletics, swimming, cycling, lawn bowls and powerlifting. Only six total swimming medal events are on offer for para-swimmers in Glasgow. They are in the men’s 100m freestyle S9, the men’s 200m freestyle S14, men’s 200m individual medley SM8, the women’s 100m freestyle S8, the women’s 100m breaststroke SB9 and the women’s 200m individual medley SM10. It is only the third time that Paralympic sports have been on the programme at the Games, with the first time being at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.