Outenqua Wheelchair Challenge

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Ok, your first question is, "Where's Outenqua?", right?

Actually they are a mountain range in South Africa. The Outenqua Wheelchair Challenge is hosted by the town of George which itself is in the scenic section of the country known as the Garden Route.

But Challenge participants are not likely to be taking time to "smell the roses." This little town puts on one heck of a wheelchair sports challenge. And its gaining attention around the world.

A wheelchair race exclusively for disabled athletes!

And - every year it is getting bigger and better! The number of entries has increased dramatically, with disabled athletes and other persons in wheelchairs flocking to this annual event.

The Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge has been staged successfully during the past six years, growing from its humble beginnings of only 27 entries in 2002 (then known as the Outeniqua Chair Challenge -OCC) to the magnificent race attracting 511 participants in 2008!

The Challenge is not only unique as being the first and only event exclusively for the disabled in South Africa, but it is staged in the picturesque town of George, in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route in the Western Cape, situated at the foot of the splendour of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Athletes in racing wheelchairs, adapted bicycles, hand cycles, basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs have made this into the premier sporting event for the disabled on the South African sporting calendar. It undoubtedly has the potential to develop into one of the best events of its kind in the world!

Source:

http://georgeocc.co.za/

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