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Old 28-08-2012, 10:09
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Hi guys, the opening ceremony to the games is tomorrow night,
If you get chance, can I recommend you watch Jon Snow's Paralympic Show on ch 4. 7.30 (last week's on Ch4 On Demand) it's a real eye opener ...
It follows some of the paralympians journeys. (you could whizz through the rest but watch the profiles)
It is so interesting if you can watch the profile stories of some of these athletes, some of the athletes were soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, some were born with disabilities. The title 'Superhumans' is a worthy title indeed! The challenges that these athletes face every day of their lives is humbling.

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Let's hope that hosting the paralympics in the UK will improve perception of disabled people in every aspect.
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Old 28-08-2012, 11:02
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Angela, I've been watching these programmes and find them really uplifting, the people featured have overcome such adversity to get where they are today.
Biggles and I are really looking forward to our jaunt into London next week as we have tickets for the main athletics arena. We're taking our flags and bunting to cheer everyone on, think we'll both be hoarse by the end of the day
I worked with adults with both mental and physical disabilities and totally agree with you in hoping these games help change people's perceptions..and prejudices...about them.
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Old 28-08-2012, 15:33
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Lady P and I are going to the Paralympics next Wednesday (5th) - we have day-passes for the Park that allows us to see about 5 events (if there's room), tickets to go up the Orbit (want good weather so we get a good view) and tickets for the evening athletics session in the Stadium - lots of gold medals being fought for and presented that evening - lets hope some of them are for Team GB!! Can't wait.
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These very brave athletes make me feel inadequate.
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They are amazing, and show such bravery and courage, and I don't just mean as athletes.
The paralympics is much more dynamic than the Olympics, that wheelchair basketball looks such fun.
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well i think its an absolute disgrace that the opening ceremony is on channel 4 discriminate much do they and i expect the coverage to be a rubbish these people have proved that they can go way beyond their own personal limits and achieve the same as an abodied athelete so why not the same coverage shame on them i say
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I sincerely hope so too Angela, but there will still be a lot who won't take anything in.

Congratulations to those athletes, they deserve a Gold Medal, just for overcoming their disabilities. I hope it works. As a carer for my disabled wife,. the whole attitude needs to change, but it will take more work, than the fabulous athletes have put in.
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slightly off topic.....did anyone see those amazing lads climbing mount everest?
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slightly off topic.....did anyone see those amazing lads climbing mount everest?

Yes Mick, I did, you could feel their disappointment when the climb had to be abandoned for safety reasons.

Coral, Ch 4 is a good start, things progress so slowly in this area
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CH4 are going to show over 500 hours of coverage - not exacty on the scale the BBC did with the Olympics, but far more coverage than the Paralympics has had before. I don't think it's a case of discrimination - it's perceived demand. Like it or not, the Paralympics has been, until now, a 'minority sport' in terms of general interest. London 2012 has raised the profile of sport for disabled (rightly so), but the reality is it's got some way to go to match the popularity of the Olympics. And that's not discrimination, it's just the way it is.
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