the IPC logoThe Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities, including mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy.

There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which are held immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

There are several categories in which the athletes compete. The allowable disabilities are broken down into six broad categories, namely; amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, visually impaired, and Les Autres, meaning the ‘others’ with disabilities that do not fall into the other five categories; these include dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, and congenital disorders.