Photo: An Ottobock employee fitting a leg prostheses of an athlete during Winter Paralympics 2018; Copyright: N. Jarrassé 2018

Tokyo 2020: Ottobock named Official Supporter


Thirty years after it supported its first Paralympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, Ottobock has been confirmed as an Official Supporter of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in an announcement made to coincide with the United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018.
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Photo: Sprint situation during a men's nordic skiing cup; Copyright: Krebs

France to host camp for intellectually impaired skiers


World Para Nordic Skiing and the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) will host an historic camp and competition for skiers with intellectual impairments in Bessans, France, from 9-14 December.
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Photo: Teacher and his class holding self-made signs; Copyright: Leszek Sibilski

Paralympic dream inspires US students


Students at a community college in the USA have been so inspired by the impact Para sport is having around the world that they are helping one aspiring athlete to achieve her dream of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
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Photo: Alhassane Baldé in his wheelchair; Copyright: Agentur für Arbeit Düsseldorf

Alhassane Baldé – That's how he rolls


Alhassane Baldé is a successful German para-athlete in wheelchair racing and has already won several medals. For him, the topics of sport and participation are therefore closely linked. Why he is grateful to his parents and what role Barack Obama plays, he tells us at
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Photo: Handbike on the street. One leg of a athlete can be seen standing beside the bike; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

Adaptive sports equipment runs the gamut from custom adaptation to unauthorized modification


People with disabilities always have to be creative if they want to take part in aspects of life that many take for granted. And that’s no different when it comes to sports. Since then, lots of adaptive equipment to accommodate special disabilities and sports has been developed, while the choices and leisure sector options have likewise become more multifaceted.
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Photo: Wheelchair rugby between Brazil and Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

Sports wheelchairs: Playing field, street and skatepark demand variety


For many people with disabilities, the wheelchair is not just their everyday companion but increasingly also turns into sports equipment. What are some of the differences when this assistive device is used for recreational purposes versus in professional sports? And what makes them so unique? has asked several athletes to find out.
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Photo: Anna Schaffelhuber with her monoski in front of a mountain panorama; Copyright:

Adaptive equipment in winter sports: Customized and expensive, but extremely important for performance


For winter sports enthusiasts, the wrong type of wax or the wrong grinding for the runners spells disaster - after all, one-hundredths of a second can make all the difference. Anna Schaffelhuber and Andrea Eskau, who make up two-quarters of Germany’s successful "A-Team" during the 2018 Paralympics, explain the importance of adaptive equipment and assistive technology for their performance.
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Photo: Markus Boettner; Copyright: private

Markus Boettner – That's how he rolls


Markus Boettner grew up with the Wartburg in sight and the Thuringian Forrest as playground. After he graduated University the passionate musician moved to Galway, Ireland. He moved back to Germany since half a year now. What moves the linguist and why a quotation of his good friend enriches his life, he tells us at
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Photo: Christian Jaster; Copyright: Malte Wittmershaus

Christian Jaster – That's how he rolls


Para ice hockey is the ultimate sport for Christian Jaster. Since he was a child he is infected with the ice hockey virus. Meanwhile, Jaster has become an integral part of the German Para Ice Hockey National Team and webmaster of the official homepage. What other sports he wants to try out and what he would like to be, he tells us at
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