Sports wheelchairs: Playing field, street and skatepark demand variety


Photo: Wheelchair rugby between Brazil and Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

In wheelchair rugby, the chairs are equipped with special features depending on the playing position: The low pointers (left) on the defensive have the so-called bumper at the front and the high pointers (right) on the offensive, for example, have rounded corners.

Photo: Lisa Nothelfer playing wheelchair basketball; Copyright: Gero Müller-Laschet

Lisa Nothelfer plays on the basketball court in a Meyra Hurricane, which was not only designed for the sport, but also individually adapted to her needs.

Photo: Christiane Reppe in her hand bike; Copyright: private

Good aerodynamics and a low weight of the hand bike are important in handcycling and are often decisive, especially in time trials.

Photo: David Lebuser while WCMX; Copyright: Robert Loeung

Professional tomcat David Lebuser wants to further strengthen and advance the WCMX scene in Germany and Europe. "There will soon be more competition, but of course there will still be many tryouts and workshops," says the third in the world rankings.

Photo: Aaron Fotheringham at WCMX while doing a backflip; Copyright: private

Aaron Fotheringham landed his first Back Flip in a wheelchair at the age of 14. Meanwhile he has mastered many other tricks such as the Double Back Flip or the Front Flip.

Photo: Nadine Lormis; Copyright: private

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