8 April 2024

Discover your Paralympic Potential

Ever dreamt of competing in a Paralympic Sport? Let us help you discover your Paralympic Potential at a come and try day in 2024!

Discover your Paralympic Potential

The Paralympic Potential programme is the first step in finding what your future Paralympic sport could be. If you want to find a competitive pathway and unlock the opportunities that sport offers, then now is your time to discover your Paralympic Potential - could you #BeTheFuture?

During 2024, we’ll be hosting Discover Days for athletes with a physical impairment. Sports on offer will include Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Canoe, Cycling, Powerlifting, Rowing, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis, Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, Wheelchair Curling - all Paralympic Sports that physically impaired people can compete in at the Paralympic Games.

Come along, be inspired, try the sports that could be your pathway to competing on a world stage at the Paralympic Games. On the day, there will be coaches and staff from the sports in attendance, plus a few very special guests!

Could you #BeTheFuture?

All you need to do is complete this form to tell us a few details about yourself and then we’ll be in touch!

Take the plunge - give it a go

The next Discover Day is our Complex Impairment Discover Your Paralympic Potential Day on Sunday 2nd June 2024 at the University of Nottingham.

Sports you can try or find out more about include: Athletics, Swimming, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby and Archery with experienced Paralympic coaches.

What do we mean by Complex Impairment?

  • A condition that impacts multiple limbs and/or the trunk, for example a triple or quad amputee, a high-level or incomplete spinal cord injury, severe hemiplegia, diplegia or quadriplegia such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida or arthrogryposis.
  • A condition that either fluctuates or may progressively get worse over time for example neurological conditions such as Charcot Marie Tooth, dystonia, or multiple sclerosis.
  • Multiple impairment types, for example a double amputee with nerve damage in an additional limb or limbs.

Not all impairment types are eligible for Paralympic sport. Some common impairments that are not eligible include: pain, which may be caused by Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome; fatigue, which may be caused by chronic fatigue syndrome; hypermobility or hypotonia, which may be caused by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome; and impairments that are psychosomatic in nature, which may be caused by Functional Neurological Disorder. Please note, we require that any transfers on the day are carried out by the athlete or supported by PAs provided by the participant.

We will be running more come and try days for disabled people with other impairment types in the near future. If you aren’t physically impaired, but you are interested in pursuing your Paralympic Potential, complete the form and we’ll be in touch regarding similar events to help you Discover Your Paralympic Potential.

Further information will be sent following sign up to the events.

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