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WCMX stands for Wheelchair MotoCross, in the same way that BMX stands for Bicycle MotoCross. It is the wheelchair version of BMX freestyle, which is why it is also called wheelchair freestyle. The idea is to use a wheelchair to move and do tricks in a skatepark or on the street. Today, this new sport is becoming more and more popular and numerous WCMX competitions are organised all over the world.
Para Skateboarding is the handisport/adaptive version of skateboarding and is practiced by athletes with disabilities, including visual impairment, hearing impairment and amputees. The prefix "Para" comes from the Greek prefix meaning "beside" or "parallel" and is used in the word "Paralympic".
Alaïa's vision is to make WCMX and Para Skateboarding available to anyone, regardless of their condition. Our goal is to transmit our passion for action sports to anyone motivated to try it and have fun while doing it.
Alaïa Chalet regularly hosts WCMX training sessions which are organised by the Valais Romand Wheelchair Club (CFRVR), which is a section of the Swiss Paraplegics Association. At the moment, 2 coaches have been specially trained to enable the coaching of WCMX. When a WCMX or Para Skateboarding session is organised, a meeting is planned in advance of the session (usually 2 weeks in advance) to identify the challenges and understand the particular needs that this represents. Indeed, the objective is to be able to anticipate and provide an unforgettable experience to the skater/WCMX athlete, as well as a tailor-made coaching according to each one's situation.
In addition, the inclusive approach is also very important to us. WCMX athletes and Para Skaters practice on the same facilities as valid people. And that, in complete safety.
WCMX requires a wheelchair, as the name suggests. These are usually custom-made wheelchairs, designed for the individual needs of each practitioner. WCMX chairs are usually constructed from an aluminium alloy, which is lighter and stronger than standard aluminium.
The Alaïa Chalet building is easily accessible to people with reduced mobility. A lift provides access to the bar and the sanitary facilities are also adapted for people with reduced mobility. The indoor and outdoor skatepark modules have been designed for safe practice, whether for Para Skateboarding or WCMX. This allows skaters to train, progress and try new tricks in a safe and comfortable environment.
If you would like more information about WCMX or Para Skateboarding at Alaïa Chalet, please send an email to: email@example.com
We are very proud to participate this year in the Prix Sommet initiated by UBS. Since 1986, the Prix Sommet has celebrated the dynamism, innovation, creativity and sustainability of Valais companies. As a challenger, we set ourselves the challenge of refining and sustaining the concept of inclusion by making action sports easier for people with disabilities. This challenge echoes our vision - to make action sports accessible to all (regardless of age and condition) and to transmit our passion to as many people as possible. Vote for us during the live broadcast on Canal9 on 10 November at 8pm!