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Old 09 September 2012, 19:06   #1
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I must say I thought the Pralypics was fantastic, and our Paralypians have done really well, I've enjoyed watching many of the events, and those blade runners are amazing, infact they all are, Well done to all I say!
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I must say I thought the Pralypics was fantastic, and our Paralypians have done really well, I've enjoyed watching many of the events, and those blade runners are amazing, infact they all are, Well done to all I say!
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I thought the Paralympics was more interesting than the main event to be honest. The show that was on after the coverage each day "The Last Leg" was brilliant and deserves an award, in my opinion. What really came through is the humour and spirit of these Olympians.
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As a family we enjoyed it far more than we expected, and in many ways more than the normal ones.

The Able bodied athletes go through so much to compete, but these guys

Im pleased everybody has got behind them and treated them with the respect and admiration they deserve.

The next question is going to be whos up for sports personality of the year?
Will Wiggins, Ennis, Pendleton etc be overshadowed by Weir, Peacock, Simmonds etc.

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I watched some of the Paralympic Equestrian events but I couldn't see that any of the horses were 'less physically advantaged' in any way - I certainly didn't see one using a carbon-fibre 'blade or a wheelchair.

Tanni Grey-Thompson was in my hall at university. She once overtook me in her wheelchair when I was on a push-bike...
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Just superb ...I found myself shouting at the screen more for the paralympics then the olympics.

For me it was about proper competitive sport - and for me the paralympics held more of the 'drive to win' than the olympics.

As for sports personality -a hard one ....can we have Alex Zanardi ? (ignore he is not british) ... hard to judge the personality of a lot , but have to say I loved the emotion in Jody Cundys 'outburst'...and fair play to him ...
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I found it good but was a bit perplexed as to how each persons disability was 'categorised' in order to ensure a level playing field....

It must have been difficult deciding which disability was more or less disabling than other disabilities.

For example, some of the athletic running events featured athletes using one normal leg and one blade competing against athletes having to do the same event with two blades.

Same goes for athletes that are 'poor' sighted....

Must have been a bit of a minefield....

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[QUOTE=Anchorhandler;486801]I found it good but was a bit perplexed as to how each persons disability was 'categorised' in order to ensure a level playing field....

It must have been difficult deciding which disability was more or less disabling than other disabilities.

For example, some of the athletic running events featured athletes using one normal leg and one blade competing against athletes having to do the same event with two blades.

Same goes for athletes that are 'poor' sighted....

Must have been a bit of a minefield....

Simon


Very true,


I'm truly touched with all replies to this thread, and the support and interest shown with the Paralypics.
As a visitor to Stoke mandeville's inter spinal games many years ago, and being a C6 tetra 90% wheelchair user myself ,I've seen how hard these guy's train for the big events, and their determination to overcome thier disabilities and the effort they put in is something else. considering most have faced total despair and generally been to hell and back, they have fought back relentlessly to achieve there goal's in life.
I was very reluctant to start this thread, bit unsure of able bodied responces, and being personaly judged of ability at sea when that disabled word is mentioned, but now many of you have seen for yourselves what can be achieved, I think many eye's will be opened. thank you!!

ps. The thought of a disabled horse in a wheelchair...imagine
although I have seen a disabled dog with rear wheels fitted.
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I found it good but was a bit perplexed as to how each persons disability was 'categorised' in order to ensure a level playing field....

It must have been difficult deciding which disability was more or less disabling than other disabilities.

For example, some of the athletic running events featured athletes using one normal leg and one blade competing against athletes having to do the same event with two blades.

Same goes for athletes that are 'poor' sighted....

Must have been a bit of a minefield....

Simon

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simon - I found this page helped a lot to decipher the coding system: BBC SPORT | Other sport... | Paralympics | A-Z of Paralympic classification
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