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Raising disabled heroes in sport: challenges and prospects

Abd Rahim, Badruel Hairiel and Mohamad Diah, Nurazzura (2018) Raising disabled heroes in sport: challenges and prospects. International Journal for Studies on Children, Women, Elderly And Disabled, 5. pp. 252-257. ISSN 0128-309X

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Since 1960s, the involvement of people with disabilities in sport has increased significantly. However, their participation in sports is considered tough compared to their able-bodied peers. Previous studies indicated that limited access to facilities and lack of opportunities were among the challenges faced by this group. Hence, the researchers feel obligated to continuously gain/increase current knowledge especially in the area of sports and disabilities. The objective of this study is to focus on the experiences of student-athletes with disabilities in sport. In order to obtain relevant data, the researchers have recruited ten Malay and Indian goalball student-athletes with vision impairment from Setapak, Kuala Lumpur using the purposive sampling. They are between 14-19 years old and have represented their schools in various competitions. They won several medals at the state and national level tournaments. All data has been transcribed and analysed using thematic approach. The study revealed three main challenges faced by the student-athletes: i) pride in exclusivity, ii) maintaining their interest in sport after completing school and iii) creating public awareness about their involvement in sport. This study proposed for a better outlook on sport and people with disability in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2612/66839
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability, goalball, school, sport, student-athletes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H65 Schools. Institutes of social sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM701 Social systems
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM711 Groups and organizations
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1390 Education of special classes of persons
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC65 Social aspects of education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 12:30
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 18:28
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/66839

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