In para-sport, Borussia Düsseldorf will have five teams competing in the 2023/24 season: In addition to the team in the wheelchair Bundesliga, three pedestrian teams (standing disabled, two in the Oberliga (highest division) and one in the Landesliga) and one in the 2nd Showdown Bundesliga (table tennis for the blind) will be competing.
In the 2016/17, 2017/18 and also in the past 2021/22 seasons, the disabled athletes of the record champion had achieved the intangible: they won the double. Both the wheelchair athletes and the pedestrians were successful and won the German championship in 2017, 2018 and 2022 - an outstanding achievement!
The wheelchair team started in 2012 in the regional league and was promoted twice in a row and has been playing in the 1st Bundesliga since 2014. After finishing 3rd in its debut season, the team hit the big time in 2016 by surprisingly winning the German championship. In 2017, the German champion was once again Borussia Düsseldorf. Thomas Schmidberger and Sandra Mikolaschek, together with new signing Valentin Baus, who won the gold medal at the 2021 Paralympic Games, ensured that Borussia celebrated its second triumph in its third year in the Bundesliga. The trio was also unstoppable in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023, securing seven championship titles in a row. The 2021 season had not taken place due to Corona.
A special highlight in 2023 was the hosting of the Quooker PingPongParkinson German Open, where over 200 participants - including Frank Elstner and Markus Maria Profitlich - came together to compete in table tennis over three days in the halls of the DTTZ.
In the standing disabled ("pedestrians"), Borussia has been active in BRSNW play since 2013 and has been riding a wave of success ever since. Winning the Oberliga championship in 2014 (including promotion) was followed by two NRW runners-up and two state championship titles (2017, 2018) as well as two German runners-up (2015, 2016). In 2017 and 2018, Borussia achieved its greatest triumphs by winning the German championship. The Düsseldorf team finished the 2018/19 season in fourth place, the 2019/20 season was canceled due to Corona, and the 2020/21 season was canceled. In 2022, the pedestrians then found themselves again on the first Podestplaz and celebrated their third championship title. In the 2022/23 season, a respectable third place was achieved at the German Team Championships.
The youngest division in the disability sports competition is Showdown (blind table tennis), which was installed in 2015 with a training group in the club. In 2016 and 2017, the team competed in the newly established Showndown national league, and in 2018 a new team was established, which has been playing in the second highest league since 2019. After the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons were canceled due to Corona, the para-athletes started the new season with renewed vigor and a lot of motivation.
Many of the para-athletes also still play in regular sports for the record champion.