Vito Massimo Catania, 39 - Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his generous commitment to raising awareness on the theme of architectural and social barriers (...) provides his legs and lungs to those who do not have the opportunity to run, allowing the disabled to live the experience of running. (…).
Sport is inclusion: examples of 5 athletes from around the world
The mission of these associations dedicated to inclusion in sport is never only to offer these people the opportunity to engage in a sporting activity, but also and above all to combat the negative stereotypes related to their skills and their motor intelligence.
Determined not to give up his great passion, in June 2012, after a long period of rehabilitation and training, he managed to climb El Capitan once more, following the Zodiac route and in team with Pete Davis and Jarem Frye, who also suffered from disabilities. Since the time of his terrible accident, Craig has not only pursued his personal goals, but he has also given rise to several initiatives, aimed at including athletes in his own conditions in races and courses.
Contrary to what one might think, in fact, climbing is a sport that better than others is able to enhance the sensory capabilities more developed in people with impaired vision. It is therefore a perfect vehicle for sports inclusion.
Touch, body awareness, balance, motor memory: all this is fundamental in a sport that requires slow movements and developed proprioceptive abilities.
The teaching methods are similar to regular ski: at the beginning, every skier knows the materials he will have to use and begins to perceive his body on skis and snow. Sport inclusion starts from the first descents, where the athlete is at first supported by two guides, experiences his first descents and, only when he has reached a sufficient degree of autonomy, is entrusted to a single person. The communication between the two takes place via radio, and via radio the guide transmits information on the difficulty of the route and the presence of any obstacles.
The race was a miniature triathlon involving 100 metres of swimming, 4 km of cycling, and 1.3 km of running: a relatively simple performance for a small, normalised athlete, but a huge challenge for little Bailey.
In this moving example, we understand that inclusion in sport is not the same as blind support. Inclusion means providing the tools for a disabled person to make his or her effort closer to that of a normal athlete.
In fact, the father encourages him and is close to him, but without ever intervening, without raising him, without offering him physical support but letting him, with the forces at his disposal, to realise his great dream independently.