10 Mar 2018

2018 "Ottawa Open" Armwrestling Championships

"Ottawa Open” Armwrestling Championships
1151 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Saturday, March 24th, 2018

TEAM CANADA FUNDRAISER TOURNAMENT Hosted by Vancouver Armwrestling Club

Hosted by Vancouver Armwrestling Club
4125 E Hastings St. Burnaby, B.C, Canada 
Saturday, April 21st, 2018

7 Mar 2018

David Shead: "Disabled Armwrestling is now called Para Armwrestling"

Being active in the sport of armwrestling for over three decades David Shead is an excellent source of information when it comes to the history of this sport.

In an interview with an organizer of the Disabled World Cup - Poland, Anna Mazurenko, The Head Referee of the European Armwrestling Federation talks about the history of disabled armwrestling, and as well about the further development plans of the Para-Armwrestling.

Anna Mazurenko: Since when did we have disabled divison in armwrestling and what has changed?

David Shead: In England we started Disabled Armwrestling back in the early 1990’s, there was a National Championships called The British Wheelchair Championships, that had several sports like Bench Pressing, Fencing, Archery, a quite rough type of Basketball, Ping Pong, and more. All for people who were Wheelchair bound, so it was easy for us to go to a large organized event like that and add seated armwrestling to the list.

Back then and even up until 1993 the WAF World Championships for ordinary senior classes was seated, and even today Disabled Armwrestling uses the standard rules (Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired have some different rules) but we did add a special class at this Championships because it was held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where they specialized in spinal cord injuries, and one of the effects of this type of injury is that they cannot grip with their hands, now you might think how can 2 competitors who cannot grip with their hands arm wrestle? Well that is why we gave them their own class, all we needed to do was put them in the strap right from the start and this worked very well.