Disability and Parasport

Over 13,000 people in Guernsey have a disability. That's 1 in 5.

  • approx 950 are under 16

  • approx 2,500 are under 24

  • approx 3,700 are under 34

The UN Convention on the Rights of people with Disabilities uses the following definition of disability:

“Individuals with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”

  • Impairment – a specific reduction in the body structure or function.

  • Barriers – Something that stops or prevents an individual participating or developing in sport (social/ attitudinal/ environmental).

  • Disability – the interaction between impairment and barriers.

Impairment + Barriers = Disability

We believe that everyone in Guernsey should have the opportunity and support to participate, compete and fulfil their potential in sport no matter what their background, age, or level of ability in a safe and supportive environment.

Sport must be an environment where individuals feel:

  • Welcome

  • Represented

  • Valued

  • Able to participate

  • Safe

Not only must sport be available to all, but Guernsey must also offer a broad range of sport options catering for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, in the most appropriate manner possible.


Parasport |

Is high performance sports which is adapted for individuals with a physical and/or learning impairment. These sports run parallel to mainstream sports but are adapted to create a level playing field.

Individuals who excel in a parasport (e.g. wheelchair basketball, boccia, para-swimming etc.) will look to gain an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification in order to compete at a higher level.

You can find out more at https://www.paralympic.org/classification 

Accessible (Disability) Sport |

Is similar to parasport. Accessible sport is adapted for individuals with an impairment. The main difference between parasport and accessible sport if that accessible sport has a stronger emphasis on participation, social interaction and fun, and a lesser focus on performance and competition.

An example of an accessible sport competition is the Special Olympics.

For further information visit Activity Alliance | Disability Inclusion Sport

The 7 Pillars of Inclusion are the common elements that contribute to making sport and physical activity programmes reflective of the communities that we live in.

They help make our sport safe, fair AND inclusive.

Sports should challenge themselves to answer the following questions:

  1. Access - how to get there and how to get in

  2. Attitude - how willing you are to make it happen

  3. Choice - what can you do

  4. Partnerships - who will you work with

  5. Communication - who will you tell and how will you tell them

  6. Policy - how are you responsible

  7. Opportunities - what do you want to do

For further information and support please contact info@guernseysports.com