Track and field
Athletics is comprised of a series of events covering a number of disciplines: races, jumps and throws. The adapted version is identical to the traditional one except it can be practiced in a wheelchair adapted to the discipline, in a tricycle or with a walker. At Défi sportif AlterGo, athletics also include a wheelchair slalom competition and a mini-marathon. The skill circuit is open to athletes with motorized or manual wheelchairs. The mini-marathon features walking, running, wheelchair, tricycle and bicycle events. Participants try to finish the race in the shortest time possible.
Boccia is a precision-dependent sport, similar to pétanque. It is designed for athletes in a wheelchair that suffer from cerebral palsy or any other type of motor deficiency. It is played in a gymnasium, on a court about the size of a badminton court. Each team tries to position six leather balls as close as possible to a white ball, the “jack”, which serves as a target to tally the score. For school competitions, Défi sportif AlterGo features team tournaments, where boys and girls compete together. The balls can be thrown by hand, with the foot or with the help of a ramp that can be manipulated by an assistant who has his back turned to the game. This discipline requires concentration, strategy and precision. Given the competition will take place at the same location as the Boccia World Open, young and elite athletes will get a chance to mingle.
Boccia is an italian sport that is related to pétanque. The balls are red or blue and a coin toss at the start of the game is held to determine which team uses which. The red team starts the game by throwing a white ball called « jack ». Players from each team then propel balls towards the jack ball and try to get as close as possible. Boccia is a good way for the athletes to develop interpersonal bonds, to improve their physical condition and to increase their self-esteem. The competition is held outdoors.
The sport is derived from traditional hockey. It is played in a gymnasium with a ball. Rules are adapted to the different types of deficiencies and categories. A team is comprised of up to 13 players.
Wheelchair Slalom has previously been an international event at the Paralympic Games with its inclusion in the event programme from Tokyo 1964 to Seoul 1988. Due to the many obstacles, slalom requires both speed and chair control. Apart from being great fun, slalom helps develop and improve core wheelchair movement skills which are essential for everyday life and will help you negotiate living spaces as well as helping you stay fit and healthy. Slalom is accessible to both manual wheelchair and powerchair users, with internationally recognised competition courses.