Why I Like Wheelchair BasketballDecember 3, 2017
In September 2017, approximately 15 people with disabilities joined the Soulcial Trust team in playing wheelchair basketball, most for the first time. Since then, the team has developed rapidly through trainings led by the women’s basketball team in Battambang; athletes from France and India; and dedicated volunteers.
Many of the players who attend the weekly trainings are veterans who served during the Cambodian Civil War in the 1970s and 1980s or were young victims of landmines left by the warring factions. Others were partially paralysed due to polio as children. All of them struggle to find work to support their families, facing difficulties such as a lack of belief that they are capable of doing the same work as people without disabilities.
In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2017, this photo essay highlights just a few of the reasons why access to sports is important to our players.
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Soulcial Trust’s XLability programme champions the ability of people with physical challenges to excel. Using the principles and standards of behaviour defined by sports, we provide a new perspective about the achievements that people with disabilities can make in their own lives. We uphold the summons for disability advocacy and encourage change in both developing and developed countries.
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Photographs by Roun Ry