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Waterbasketball demonstration underway at IWAS World Junior Games 2015

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Players in action. Image credit: Petra van der Velde

Earlier today at the IWAS World Junior Games 2015 in Stadskannal, Netherlands, a demonstration of waterbasket concluded at the PageCenter Pool.



The sport was first developed for people with disabilities in the Netherlands during the 1970s, and the sport has slowly grown since then. The Netherlands regularly hosts competitions, and there is a regular national championships for the sport.


Since then, the sport has grown slowly on the international level. A lot of the development outside the Netherlands has focused on the able-bodied side of the game. The disability side actively supported by Cruyff Foundation. The sport is also supported by some local aquatics programs around the globe as part of adapted aquatics programs because it gives participants a chance to learn basic swimming skills for recreational swimming, and for conditions that include poor balance, and lack of range of motion. Training for the sport often includes mastering the butterfly, racing, playing tag in the pool, and swimming for objects on the bottom of the pool.


Waterbasket is a sport that combines aspects of water polo and basketball. Each team has five players, who try to throw a ball into the opposing team’s basket.


The IWAS World Junior Games 2015 officially got underway on Thursday and conclude this Wednesday.

Laura Hale
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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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