Tag Archive: Olympics

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day White Waltham – From a Pilot’s Perspective

We are greatly indebted to the pilots, volunteers, helpers and all at the various Airfields that so kindly host our BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days. Without their support and generosity these events simply wouldn’t be possible. It was both gratifying and poignant, therefore, to hear from Stuart Scott, one of the pilots at the thoroughly… View Article
News from the Disabled Golf Society

News from the Disabled Golf Society

We were contacted by Graeme Robertson, National Events Co-Ordinator for the Disabled Golf Society. His article below should remind those of you who may need reminding about both the pleasure of golf and the physical and psychological benefits it can offer. Golf was a sport very dear to Sir Douglas’s heart. As he said: “Golf,… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Days 2012 – Some feedback comments…

Our BADER BRAVES Flying Day Programme for 2012 has now been successfully completed despite the worst the weather and the Olympics could throw at us and we are very grateful to the following participants for their feedback. We always love to hear from you and, of course, to receive any photographs you are happy to… View Article
Paralympic Games: Inside the theatre of miracles. (Read this and be thankful for change)

Paralympic Games: Inside the theatre of miracles. (Read this and be thankful for change)

By Cole Moreton for London 2012 The thrilling achievements of the Paralympians have caused us to see them as role models, not victims. They have changed our lives. I was on my feet in the Olympic stadium, yelling at the top of my voice, when I thought of her. Sharon, a friend from a long… View Article
Oscar Pistorius fails in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals

Oscar Pistorius fails in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals

Inspirational double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” failed in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals in the London Olympics, qualifying last in his semi-finals. His heat was won by world champion Kirani James, the 19 year old Grenadian. Luguelin Santos, the 18 year old junior world champion made the final… View Article
What if Oscar Pistorius actually won?

What if Oscar Pistorius actually won?

A thoughtful and thought-provoking article by Jim Litke for the Huff Post Sports LONDON — Oscar Pistorius is brave, articulate, polite, polished, handsome and funny. He doesn’t play the victim and never complains. Those reasons and more are why his lifelong struggles to become an Olympian are so celebrated. But what if he actually won?… View Article
IAAF change stance on Pistorius lane issue

IAAF change stance on Pistorius lane issue

John Weaver, Sapa-AFP | 01 August, 2012 08:48 South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius is free to run in any lane in the 4x400m Olympic relay, IAAF president Lamine Diack said on Tuesday, changing his previous stance on the issue. At last year’s world championships in South Korea, the IAAF said Pistorius would have to… View Article

The Blade Runner has arrived…!

Oscar Pistorius arrived in London for the Olympics on Friday feeling “a mixture of pride, happiness and anticipation” at the end of a four-year journey that went via sport’s highest court, several small athletics stadiums and countless of miles on the track. The South African sprinter will be the first double-amputee athlete to compete at… View Article
Blade Runner taking debate to new level

Blade Runner taking debate to new level

IS man-made material superior to muscle? Are those blades better than real legs? Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner, is taking the issue of disabled vs. able-bodied competition into new territory as he prepares for the London Olympics. His inclusion on South Africa’s team clears the way for him to become the first amputee runner to… View Article

Paralympics – Injured soldier eyes Paralympics glory

SOLDIER Nick Beighton, who lost both legs in an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan, is dreaming of Paralympic glory as he chases a place in the Great British rowing team. Captain Beighton, of Radbrook Green in Shrewsbury, was injured in a blast in the notorious Helmand province in October 2009. But after being encouraged… View Article

Leg amputated at 5, but now Britain’s answer to Oscar Pistorius is… Taking it in his stride

By JONATHAN MCEVOY Jonnie Peacock, Britain’s own Blade Runner, has already shaken Oscar Pistorius’s cage. It was on a mountainside near Christchurch, New Zealand, during the Paralympic World Championships there in January. ‘Oscar saw the rust around the cable car  and he didn’t really like being on it,’ says  Peacock. ‘I was shaking the car. He… View Article

The remarkable Baroness Grey-Thompson could teach Sepp Blatter a thing or two

By Alan Hubbard I am not sure if Tanni Grey-Thompson has ever met Sepp Blatter – or  even desires to do so – but I would like to be the proverbial fly on the wall should they ever have a conversation which embraces the FIFA poobah’s growing list of apparent prejudices. Slippery Sepp – hard… View Article

Paralympics – Wizard Wiskin has day with the stars

From the Wiltshire Times WARMINSTER teenager Jack Wiskin was the toast of Twickenham last week after being honoured for his sporting achievements in 2011 at the Aviva School Sport Matters Awards. The 16-year-old Larkrise School pupil was highly commended in the Excellence in Disabled Sport category and received his award from Paralympic gold medallist Danny… View Article

Paralympics – Paralympic and Olympic-inspired swimming gala for Sleaford

A PARALYMPIC and Olympic inspired swimming gala will take place in Sleaford next year thanks to grant funding. The University of the Third Age (U3A) has been awarded £120 to run an Olympic Swimming Gala after receiving £120 to hire a swimming pool for the event to be held in April 2012. The gala will… View Article
Paralympics – Adaptive Snowboarders Fight for the Right to Compete for Gold

Paralympics – Adaptive Snowboarders Fight for the Right to Compete for Gold

Written by Shannon Quirk 1998 set precedent for snowboarders worldwide when it landed a spot as an Olympic sport. Over ten years later, the fight today is by a select group of athletes trying to prove their worthiness of a medal, in the Paralympics. Over 600 million people worldwide struggle with physical disabilities — it… View Article
Paralympics – Hoteliers set to capitalise on tourist segment for disabled people

Paralympics – Hoteliers set to capitalise on tourist segment for disabled people

As the London hotel market gears up for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the question isn’t whether hoteliers will be able to provide the minimum required accommodations for guests with disabilities, but will they be able to capitalize on the more than £2-billion (US$3.2-billion) tourist segment for disabled people that could visit the market as a result…. View Article
Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius runs fastest tournament time for 400m

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius runs fastest tournament time for 400m

Sprinter Oscar Pistorius ran his fastest time in a new BT Paralympic World Cup 400m record time at the Manchester Regional Athletics track at Sport City. Fast, but not fast enough for his Olympic and Paralympic dual dream next year. By Gareth A Davies Rain on Thursday night was replaced by strong gusts on Friday,… View Article

Paralympics-‘Blade Runner’ Sprints Closer To Olympic Dream

The South African ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius is hoping to sprint his way closer to achieving his Olympic dream when he competes in Manchester today. The double leg amputee is taking part in the BT Paralympic World Cup, an event in which he is unbeaten since it began in 2005. But it is the Olympic… View Article
Paralympics-Rehearsal time as Paralympic show seeks to widen its appeal

Paralympics-Rehearsal time as Paralympic show seeks to widen its appeal

Organisers are determined that London’s other 2012 Games will engage the public and bring the athletes deserved recognition What does the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester this week have to do with a pop concert on London’s Clapham Common featuring the girl group The Saturdays? Improbably enough, they represent different strands of a concerted attempt… View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius insists World Championship qualifying time is now just weeks away

By: Gareth A Davies Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter, is convinced he will achieve the International Association of Athletics Federation’s crucial 400 metres qualifying time for the World Championships within a month. Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter, is convinced he will achieve the International Association of Athletics Federation’s crucial 400 metres qualifying time for… View Article
Swim star pursues Olympic dream despite amputation

Swim star pursues Olympic dream despite amputation

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Swimmer Natalie du Toit is the first female amputee to ever compete at the Olympics She’s won gold medals at the Paralympics and the Commonwealth Games South African du Toit plans to retire after the London 2012 Olympic Games Every week CNN International’s African Voices highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities, exploring the lives… View Article
Diane Mulligan to receive OBE for work with amputees

Diane Mulligan to receive OBE for work with amputees

Diane Mulligan A Seaford mother who helped to set up a support group for amputees and people with limb loss is to receive the OBE, To read more please click on the following link: http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/seaford/Seaford-mum-receives-new-years.5958861.jp And click here to visit the Website for the Support Group that Diane helped to set up. www.sussexamputeesupport.co.uk (Thanks to… View Article

Paralympic Talent Search Comes To London

Are you disabled? Are you sporty? If so, do you fancy a go at seeing if you’ve got what it takes to compete internationally and bring home the medals in 3 Years Time? ParalympicsGB, the UK’s team that will represent us at the Paralympic Games in London 2012, is currently scouting for talent. It’s 3… View Article
Oscar Pistorius: Previously confidential study results released

Oscar Pistorius: Previously confidential study results released

Critical new data disclosed Dallas, TX (June 29, 2009) — A team of experts in biomechanics and physiology that conducted experiments on Oscar Pistorius, the South African bilateral amputee track athlete, have just published their findings in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Some of their previously confidential findings were presented to the Court of Arbitration… View Article