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Wrestling season runs from November until March. A program runs at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind (WRMS) where they practice 4 days a week. The students in this program are also integrated with students from other local high schools and compete against their sighted peers. Students also get the opportunity to participate in invitational wrestling tournaments.
Wrestling is an equal opportunity and fast growing sport. Wrestling is a natural play activity for children. As little kids, we have all "wrestled" at one time or another. Children wrestle to have fun, never thinking of it as a skilled sport activity. This sport is natural, enjoyable and stimulating for visually-impaired children as for any others.
To get involved in wrestling or for more information on the sport contact the office and we will be happy to do whatever it takes to get you involved. If you are a wrestling club or a school that has questions about working with a blind athlete or would
like more information on how to make your programs more accessible to blind or visually impaired athletes please do not hesitate to contact us! We can provide helpful resources and connect you to coaches who have experience working with athletes who are blind or visually impaired.
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A benefit the sport offers is that it enables visually-impaired wrestlers to take advantage of the opportunity to measure their skills against both their sighted and non-sighted peers. The rule modification that allows visually-impaired wrestlers to participate on an equal basis with their sighted opponents is very simple: CONTACT. The modification requires constant contact between blind wrestlers to be in equal conditions in a match against sighted opponents. If contact is broken, the official halts the action and places the wrestlers back in contact. It is also understood that visually-impaired wrestlers have the right to waive the contact rule and wrestle without adaptations. In the event both wrestlers are visually-impaired, they must each agree in order for the contact rule to be set aside.
A blind or visually impaired wrestler can be very successful against their sighted competitors. This can be attributed to blind persons training very hard and working to become technically-competent. Interestingly, the exhilaration experienced by a blind wrestler in defeating fully-sighted opponents seems to be greater than of beating visually-impaired competitors. When visually-impaired wrestlers step onto the mat to grapple with fully-sighted wrestler on an equal basis, we witness the purest form of integration and acceptance.
The visually-impaired wrestlers whose skills are good enough to be consistently successful against sighted opponents usually do not engage in competitions that are conducted exclusively for visually-impaired wrestlers. It is our sincere hope that visually-impaired people in Canada and other countries throughout the world begin to practice this natural sport, with minimal modifications for the blind. Personal equipment and apparel are not expensive. And WRESTLING is fun!