ParaSport-News was founded mid-2014, and generally an effort has been made to publish at least a story a day since then. With the year closing out, what stories were the most popular basically since we’ve launched? These articles demonstrate the international breadth of interest in disability sport, and the large number of sports that people compete in on the local and international level. It also shows you that some sports have no boundaries between able-bodied and disability when it comes to interest.
Yesterday at the Ulm German Athletics Championships, Markus Rehm set a world record in the F44 long jump, with a jump of 8.24 meters on his fourth attempt. He was the first amputee athlete to compete at the championships.
27-year old French para-alpine skier Vincent Gauthier-Manuel has melted down part of his silver 2014 Paralympic medal to create an engagement ring. The work was done by a friend who is a jeweler, and the integrity of the original medal remains, as the medal came from a natural indent in the medal that has subsequently been made into holes.
Earlier today on Facebook, British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) announced that Paralympian Josie Cichockyj died yesterday. She was fifty years old.
Sunday in Culiacan, Mexico, the Haiti men’s national amputee football team defeated the team from Germany 2 – 0, with the first goal being scored 16 minutes into the first half and the second coming 23 minutes into the first half. The game was the first both teams in the competition, occurring on opening day with temperatures around 32 C / 89.6 F. The Haitian team played a physically aggressive game, that pushed Germany into the defensive. The Germans had a few scoring opportunities but were unable to get the ball past strong goalkeeping. The Germans had some complaints during the game about the Kenyan referee, who they complained about on Facebook for giving a a dubious free kick to the Haitians on the edge of the penalty box.
Yesterday in South Africa, Australia, India and Pakistan all got wins at the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup. Australia won by 5 wickets in their game against hosts South Africa. India won by an astonishing 140 runs in their game against Sri Lanka at Gary Kirsten, while Pakistan won by 9 wickets in their match against Bangladesh.
Earlier today in Cape Town, South Africa, India broke Pakistan’s unbeaten 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup run to claim gold by 5 wickets in the competition. The final score was 389 / 7 to 392 / 5. It was the first time India won the event.
Vermont Chargers Power Soccer Club announced earlier today on Facebook that Jerome Durand had died. Durand was a member of the French national powerchair football team, who competed in this year’s inaugural EPFA Nations Cup. He is credited with helping spread the sport of powerchair football around the globe, and is the most decorated USA powerchair football player in history.
Pakistan has started their 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup run in South Africa strongly, with a pair of wins in their first two games. In their first game, Pakistan defeated India 155 / 3 to 259. They had 32.5 overs in their win.
As a result of yesterday’s matches having been postponed in honor of Phil Hughes, an Australian cricketer who died on the pitch this week, the schedule for the Blind Cricket World Cup 2014 needed to be modified. Organizers announced these changes on Facebook earlier today.
Yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa, the India men’s national blind cricket team defeated Sri Lanka in their semifinal match at the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup at the Western Province Cricket Club.