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Where are the Paralympic Winter Games taking place?
The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games are taking place in Beijing, China making Beijing the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. The 2022 Winter Paralympics will be the first Winter Paralympics held in China making China the third country in Asia to host the Winter Paralympics after Japan (Nagano 1998) and South Korea (PyeongChang 2018).
The Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games will inspire a generation of young and newly disabled people to enjoy playing sport.
At WheelPower we continue to transform the lives of disabled people across the UK and hope that the information on this page will help you to discover sport and lead healthier and more active lives in the future.
When are the Paralympic Games taking place?
The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games will take place from 4 March to 13 March 2022. Up to 736 Para athletes will compete in 78 medal events in six different sports at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games. There will be 539 events across 22 sports hosted at 21 different venues.
Stoke Mandeville's proud Paralympic heritage was internationally recognised with the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony, was part of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Torch Relay with the flame lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium being sent virtually to China to celebrate the final build-up to the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
How to watch the Paralympics
Channel 4 has announced an entire all-star disabled presenting team for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, a global first for a broadcaster at a world-class sporting event. The UK Paralympic broadcaster will bring over 80 hours and present the Games live from the Chinese capital city on Channel 4, plus streaming on C4’s YouTube platform.
The presenting team includes WheelPower Patron Ade Adeptitan who will host the daily highlights show.
History of the Paralympics
On 29 July 1948, the day the Olympic Games opened in London, Dr Ludwig Guttmann organised the Stoke Mandeville Games on the lawns of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Two teams of former servicemen and women who had spinal cord injuries competed in wheelchair archery as part of their rehabilitation programme.
The Games continued and in 1952, the first international Games took place when a team of athletes from the Netherlands travelled to the UK. In 1960 over 400 athletes travelled to Rome to take part in what would become known as the first Paralympic Games.
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Paralympic Games Events
Not all sports are accessible to wheelchair users but you can find out more about those that are below.
Wheelchair Curling is a tactical game with stones strategically delivered by the player using a curling stick. The aim is to have as many stones near the centre of the house.
Para Alpine Skiing disciplines at the Paralympic Winter Games are downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom (super-G) and super combined.
Para Ice Hockey is fast paced, exciting and highly physical and is one of the most watched Winter Paralympic sports. Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges and two sticks for pushing and shooting.
Para Nordic skiing consists of two disciplines, cross-country skiing and biathlon. Athletes with a physical impairment compete using either a sit-ski or standing using one or two skis and/or poles.
Para snowboard made its debut at Sochi 2014. The competition includes male and female athletes with physical impairments such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy and amputation.
WheelPower is here to support you to find a new sport or activity. Our Find a Sport page is a great place to start your search. Whether you like team sports, individual games, on-court activity, on track, snow, or ice!
Paralympics GB Team
ParalympicsGB has confirmed one of the biggest British teams ever to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games with the announcement of the Ski and Snowboard athletes for Beijing 2022 (Full Story)
The 20 selected individuals are scheduled to compete in Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing (biathlon and cross country) and Snowboard alongside the five Wheelchair curlers who were announced in January 2022.
This means ParalympicsGB will have a team size of 25 for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, the biggest since Lillehammer 1994.
Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame
Britain's first Paralympic gold was won at the 1960 Rome Games by Margaret Maughan who was competing in the Women's Columbia round open archery event, scoring 484 points. Her feat was recognised when Maughan was chosen to light the Paralympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Margaret was inducted into the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame in 2014.
Britain's most successful Paralympian is swimmer Mike Kenny who won 16 individual gold medals, as well as two relay silvers, in four Games. Britan's most successful Paralympians of the modern era include cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE and swimmer Dave Roberts.
Feeling inspired by the Games?
If you've been inspired by the Paralympic Games and want to try one of the sports you've seen in Beijing please check out our Find a Sport page.
Or ... why not join us at one of our 2022 sports events, take part in a fundraising challenge, and DONATE to help WheelPower to transform more disabled lives through sport & physical activity.
Buckinghamshire’s biggest charity bike ride returns on Sunday 12 June. Cycle 25, 70 or 115km and tun pedal power into vital funds for WheelPower.
No matter how much you’re able to give, you will be making a big difference to the lives of disabled people across the United Kingdom.
In 2022 our sports events programme is back! Sign up for the National Junior Games, or come along to a regional Sports Festival. Or perhaps join a free exercise class, or attend an online training course?