On 7 May UCT's Disability Service, in collaboration with the League of Friends of the Blind and UCT Sport & Recreation, hosted a sports evening at the UCT Sports Centre that included wheelchair rugby and goal ball.
South Africa's national teams demonstrated how the games are played, and spectators were challenged to join them for both sports.
Goal ball is a team sport designed for blind athletes, in which sides of three try to throw a ball with bells embedded in it into the opposing team's goal. Sighted players wear blindfolds to compete fairly. Wheelchair rugby, originally called murderball, is a contact sport with its roots in wheelchair basketball and ice hockey.
The event is aimed at creating awareness of disability sports among both disabled and non-disabled people, and at bringing the disciplines and athletes closer to the mainstream sporting arena.
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