Being an Olympian is expensive, but being a Paralympian can cost even more.
Just ask Kim Fawcett-Smith, the Canadian Forces Officer, paratriathlete and above-the-knee amputee had hoped to compete in the triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, but she just couldn’t afford it.
Between club fees, ($4,000) coaching fees, ($6,000) equipment costs ($23,000 each for two specialized prosthetic legs and $30,000 for technology upgrades) an competition costs (upwards of $25,000 in travel and accommodation in a year) it just got to be too much.
“There are huge cost differences between able-bodied and disabled athletes. Disabled athletes need equipment – or pay the cost for their guides, in the case of visually impaired athletes – that able-bodied athletes do not need,” she says.
Fawcett-Smith also explained that often able-bodied athletes get privileges that athletes with disabilities don’t, like bringing their physiotherapists and doctors with them.
“Many sports only select the disabledRead More »from Paralympians face unique funding challenges in achieving their dreams