Monday, August 27, 2012

International Wheelchair Floorball meeting


Rolling Wheels!!!

The newly named INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE WHEELCHAIR FLOORBALL had its first meeting early August in Prague. Here is some high-lights from the meeting.
- Representatives from 5 countries participated.
- It was decided that the sport should aim to become a full member of the Paraolympic movement and initiate relations with both IWAS and  IPC (the International Paraolympic Committee) -( trying to go Olympic here too - Floorballcentrals note).
- Their own website was also announced at  www.wheelchairfloorball.org 
- The sport will also focus to create their own International calendar of events.
During the meeting some upcoming tounaments was listed as
14th September 2012 – Hannover
Holland 2013 – International tournament
Prague Wheel Open in 2013
Sweden 2014
- Another goal set by the committee is to develop the largest para games  - possibly a European Championship
- Further the meeting stated that it should create a working group for the rules and synchronise them –  as simple as possible, and take into account different types of abilities of players.
- Mr. Petr Alina was appointed as the Chair of the group.
- The meeting also states that they will investigate new nations to become involved in wheelchair floorball. A contact list for different Nations was also posted and one of Floorballcentrals contributors Mr. Borg is listed as the contact in USA,  and Mr. Adam Frost is the contact for Canada.
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!