With the Rio 2016 Paralympics now underway. Here is your guide to the paralympic sports that are open to visually impaired competitors.
Within each sport there are classification numbers attributed according to the type of disability.
We have listed here the sport and the classification codes associated with visual impairment.
Paralympic Visually Impaired Sports
|Paralympic Sport||Classification Code|
|Athletics||T11, T12, T13 & F11, F12, F13|
|T for Track, T11 runners run with a guide. F for Field.|
|Sighted pilot in front with visually impaired rider behind on Tandem bike|
|Equestrian||Grade III & IV|
|Football 5 a side||All Visually Impaired|
|All wear eye shades except sighted able bodied goalkeeper|
|Goalball||All Visually Impaired|
|All wear eye shades including goalkeeper|
|Judo||B1, B2, B3 All Visually Impaired|
|Rowing||LTA VI B1, B2, B3|
|Up to 2 Visually Impaired rowers in mixed cox 4 boat|
|Sailing||Class 3, 5 & 7|
|Two or Three person keelboat racing|
|Swimming||S11, S12, S13|
|S11 swimmers compete in blackened googles|
Good luck to all competitors especially those visually impaired at the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio.
Outlook Trust Activity Breaks include sailing, tandem bike riding, horse riding from the list above as well as many other activities such as kayaking, climbing, gorge walking and others.
The Outlook Trust breaks offer a great opportunity for young people to try out lots of sports and activities in a safe environment.
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