Paralympics: Rio 2016 an Inspiration


How the Paralympics can inspire the UK’s disabled community

With the Olympics now ended, the Paralympics can start to turn heads all over the world as athletes show that all manner of disabilities did not stop them from achieving their dream of competing at the Paralympics. With many people in the UK still not understanding of all disabilities the time for better and more prominent awareness has never been greater.

Some Britain’s best athletes compete at the Paralympics with the team having 264 athletes participating in the Rio Paralympics this year could be one of the best for a good medals haul. Remember the majority of Britain’s athletes train, compete and in some cases study whilst having to manage their disability on a daily basis.

Given the success of Team GB at the 2012 London Paralympics hopefully the Team can further build on this success at this year’s Paralympic games in Rio. These games should serve as not only a celebration of the UK’s disabled athletes it should also help to highlight the struggles faced by those with disabilities every day. Many of the UK’s disabled school children often see the Olympic and Paralympic games and are inspired by watching the athletes trained and compete. Hopefully this year’s games in Rio will inspire the next generation of school children to become more involved in not only sport but also activities and events within their day to day lives.

Remember not every disability is visible and those with disabilities can often feel isolated and lonely as they often do not have the ability to interact with other school children or people with the same or similar disability. Sport could be the key to helping to break down barriers and creating solutions when overcoming obstacles such as interacts between disabled students and other able bodied students.   The success of the London 2012 and the hopeful success of the Rio games should be used as prime examples of the skills and abilities that disabled people can give to school, work or any other events or activities they are involved in.

Remember see the person’s ability not their disability.