Wheelchair Games are coming

2012-Paralympics-Quad Rugby

Well, now that we’ve finished watching the Red Bull Wake competitors fly through the air and (occasionally) crash into the water, TampaSportsFitness wants to highlight another unique sporting event coming to town.

Starting July 13, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will be taking place in Downtown Tampa.

A multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or other neurological disorders, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games serves as the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. The Games will be attracting more than 500 athletes to the Downtown Tampa area, as well as additional off-site venue locations July 13- July 18.

Events at this year’s Games will include swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, air guns, basketball, boccia, nineball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, handcycling, trapshooting, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally, track and field. Exhibition events are also being planned. Athletes will compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience, or age.

And as a bonus, these competitions will be absolutely free for anyone wanting to watch. Yes, free.

There’s already been a fair amount of excitement building for this event (Tampa Bay Times did this story on the event), but TampaSportsFitness wanted to highlight this event for two reasons: it’s a free local event involving some of the most unique athletes in the world, and TampaSportsFitness is a huge fan of quad rugby. The Tampa area already has its own team, the Tampa Generals, that has been competing on an international level since 1989 and providing some fantastic entertainment for fans of the sport. Plus, Murderball was a great movie.

Anyone planning on going?

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