Netherlands at the 2012 Summer Paralympics

Netherlands at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
Netherlands at the Paralympic Games
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IPC code  NED
NPC Gehandicaptensport Nederland
Medals Gold
Paralympic history (summary)
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The Netherlands is scheduled to compete at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom from August 19 to September 9, 2012.


Disability classifications

Every participant at the Paralympics has their disability grouped into one of five disability categories: amputation (the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness); cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes (there is often overlap between this and other categories); visual impairment, including blindness; and Les autres (French for "the others"), any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis.[1][2] Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing. Some sports, such as athletics, divide athletes by both the category and severity of their disabilities; other sports, for example swimming, group competitors from different categories together, the only separation being based on the severity of the disability.[3]

Wheelchair basketball - Paralympic pictogram.svg Wheelchair basketball

The Netherlands qualified for the women's team event in wheelchair basketball by finishing fifth at the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.[4][5] Competing athletes are given an eight-level-score specific to wheelchair basketball, ranging from 0.5 to 4.5 with lower scores representing a higher degree of disability. The sum score of all players on the court cannot exceed 14.[6]

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