Paralympic Games

Learn about some of the sports competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games

Apr 27, 2012 | By TIME For Kids Staff

 

The first-ever Paralympic Games—for athletes with disabilities—were held in Rome, Italy, in 1960. The Games debuted with eight sports, including swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair fencing. Over the years, the Paralympics have increased in size and popularity, shining a global spotlight on the incredible abilities of the athletes. The London 2012 Paralympics will kick off on August 29 with 4,200 athletes in 20 sports. Click the links below to learn more about some of the sports in the Paralympic Games.

 

Boccia
  

Goalball
 

Para-Equestrian
 

Paralympic Powerlifting

Paralympic
Track and Field

Sitting
Volleyball

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair
Tennis