Winning Technology - Bridging the Gap between Able and Disabled Athletes

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With the UK at the very centre of global sporting events this summer, Ebuyer, one of the UK’s largest independent electrical online retailers, has revealed that the gap between disability and able bodied sports are closing as result of the advancements in sport technology. Infographic: full details available to view at - Winning Technology

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“Technology is brilliant for most athletes in developed countries. It helps them to improve performance and compete on an almost even footing."

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In terms of results, South African Oscar Pistorius ran the men’s 100 metres in Beijing (2008) in 11.17 secs, compared to Portugal’s Jose Reinaldo Pieira who competed in 1984, held in Los Angeles and New York, and ran the 100 metres in 12.94 secs.

By comparison, the results of able bodied athletes have only improved their times marginally, as Carl Lewis achieved a time of 9.99 secs in 1984 for the men’s 100 metres, whilst Usian Bolt ran the same race in Beijing in 9.69 secs.

One of the factors which has resulted in these improvements is the development in prosthetics. Ebuyer worked with Salford University to conduct the research, which is one of only two Universities in the UK to offer a course in prosthetics.

Anne Wafula Strike, International Athlete and Author said: “Technology is brilliant for most athletes in developed countries. It helps them to improve performance and compete on an almost even footing. However, what concerns me is that there are athletes in low income countries - how do they compete on an even stage? I am looking forward to seeing athletes of all abilities competing against each other on a world stage and raising the profile of disability sports.”

Dave Wood from Ebuyer said: “There have been exciting technological progressions in recent years, we can see a steady improvement in the times that are being achieved as a result of these new innovative advancements. Looking at the results we can see the gap between disability sports closing, and hopefully, in the future, disappearing.”

Media contacts: Kelly Sebine, Claire Hunter-Smith and Steve Harrison 0113 243 4757

Notes to editors:

Ebuyer is the leading independent online electronics retailer with the best prices and exclusive offers on over 19,000 quality products.
Founded in 1999, Ebuyer has supplied over 40 million products from its 280,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility in East Yorkshire. The easy-to-use website and automated order system, dispatches thousands of orders to over 3 million registered customers every hour ensure customers save time and money.
Customers can now place orders up to 11pm for next day delivery and at the weekend for Monday deliveries.

Anne Wafula Strike
International Athlete, Author (Her story: ‘In my dreams I dance’) & Sporting Ambassador Anne is currently working hard in order to qualify for wheelchair sprint events representing Team GB.

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