Tag Archive: Paralympics

Inspiring achievement by young amputee

Young Malik Berbiche is going from strength to strength since he got involved with sport at school. It seems as though he is now on his way to becoming a future Paralympian and we all at the Douglas Bader Foundation congratulate him on his 3rd Place in the Panathlon Young Achievers Awards.

GET YOUR SKATES ON – STILL TIME TO REGISTER! LimbPower’s Primary & Junior Games Returns to Stoke Mandeville 4th & 5th October 2014

(Click on the Logo to visit the LimbPower Website)   LimbPower are proud to be holding the fantastic Primary & Junior Games event once again at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics. The weekend will introduce young amputees and the young ambulant disabled to a range of sporting activities in a safe, friendly and… View Article
Invictus Games Showcases Sporting Prowess of  People with Disabilities – Article by Emma Benton

Invictus Games Showcases Sporting Prowess of People with Disabilities – Article by Emma Benton

By Emma Benton Invictus Games Showcases Sporting Prowess of  People with Disabilities The recent Invictus Games in London shone an international spotlight on the sporting triumphs of injured service men and women from around the world. This global sporting event offered the public a unique insight into the grit and determination of armed forces officers… 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
Talent Introduction Days and Learn to Run Workshop for Amputees

Talent Introduction Days and Learn to Run Workshop for Amputees

Can you see yourself competing in the Paralympics? Or would you simply like to try one or more new sports to see how you get on? Either way the following information will represent an opportunity too good to miss! Job King, the Disability Athletics Support Officer – Midlands & South West, has contacted us to… View Article
Has the Paralympic flame sputtered out?

Has the Paralympic flame sputtered out?

By Will Norman for guardian.co.uk (Tuesday 9th October 2012) The best Paralympic legacy would be to empower disabled people to participate in a society that respects difference… Towards the end of the London Paralympics, in which I had participated with the ParalympicsGB blind football team, I sent the following tweet: “The ephemeral beauty of the… View Article

Huge Success for Junior Amputee Games

(From Enable) LimbPower held the inaugural Junior Amputee Games on 15th/16th September at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, and the lucky young participants were cheered on by their heroes Stef Reid and Gemma Collis fresh from their Paralympic success. Over the two days, 54 children aged between 6 and 18 years old were able to try a… View Article
Paralympics boom echoes around British sport – a great legacy

Paralympics boom echoes around British sport – a great legacy

Peter Walker and Zoe Holman guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 2 October 2012 18.00 BST Clubs at the grassroots of sports from cycling to boccia move to capitalise on surge in post-Games interest The Paralympics inspired thousands of Britons to decide that having a disability was no barrier to sport as they cheered on David Weir, Ellie Simmonds and other… 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

That classification issue again! Paralympics Puzzles Explained…

From The Wall Street Journal – September 4th LONDON—Standing outside the Paralympics table-tennis arena at the ExCel Centre here Sunday, spectator Andrew Ure said he’d been enjoying the games, but also had “a lot of questions about it in my mind.” For instance, what’s the difference between class 32 and 34 in athletics? In the… View Article

Some amazing images from Day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympics

Here is a link to the San Francisco Chronicle for an amazing selection of images showing highlights from Day 4 of the Paralympic Games including this cracker of Australia’s Kelly Cartwright competing in the Women’s Long Jump F42/44. These links tend to be short-lived so please let me know if you hit a blank page!
Paralympic Categories – for those confused!

Paralympic Categories – for those confused!

I confess to being bamboozled by some of the categorisation used in the Paralympics so, for those as confused as me, here is the BBC Sport A-Z of Paralympic Classification with more information thrown in for good measure!: The 2012 Paralympics in London involves 20 sports but not all disability categories can compete in each… View Article
Amputees inspired by Paralympic Games will be given free trials of state of the art prosthetic legs

Amputees inspired by Paralympic Games will be given free trials of state of the art prosthetic legs

A leading manufacturer of prostheses, which is providing support to athletes with amputated legs at the Games, said it hopes to help people who have never run on a prosthetic leg to get into the sport. “People who see the Paralympics and think ‘I want to try running’, this is will give them a chance… View Article

Paralympians miss out on honour of individual stamps

Champion Paralympians will not be featured on individual stamps as their Olympic counterparts have been, the British Paralympic Association has said. Instead, a series of six first-class stamps featuring every medallist will be produced after the Games finish on September 9. A post box in each gold medallist’s home town will also be painted gold,… 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
Inaugural Primary and Junior Amputee Games!

Inaugural Primary and Junior Amputee Games!

“LimbPower Launches Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium 15th/16th September 2012″ Following the success of The Amputee Games, now well-established and an important and respected date in the amputee community calendar, LimbPower is launching the Primary and Junior Games. This will take place on the 15th/16th September and Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics. Here,… View Article

Inaugural Amputee Primary and Junior Games!

“LimbPower Launches Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium 15th/16th September 2012″ Following the success of The Amputee Games, now well-established and an important and respected date in the amputee community calendar, LimbPower is launching the Primary and Junior Games. This will take place on the 15th/16th September and Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics…. View Article

LimbPower Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville

LimbPower Launches Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium – 15th/16th September 2012 Following the huge success of the Amputee Games, LimbPower are excited to announce the dates of the inaugural Primary & Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.  This exciting event will introduce young amputees and the young ambulant disabled to… View Article

2012 Amputee Games

It’s back! The 2012 Amputee Games will be held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium over the weekend of the 12th-13th May. This is a fantastic opportunity to try a new sport, meet fellow amputees and have a great time doing so. 12th-13th May 2012 – Amputee Games The 2012 Amputee Games is being held in May… View Article

Paralympics – Perseverance pays off for equestrian

MILLBROOK — The first time Donna Ponessa’s equestrian coach, Wes Dunham, saw her on a horse about two years ago, he told her to sit up straighter. Ponessa, who has multiple sclerosis and is paralyzed from the chest down, said she didn’t think she could ride unless she hunched slightly forward. “I can’t breathe if… View Article

Paralympics – I’ll never stop with the Paralympics despite my Olympic dream admits Smyth

Monday, 09 January 2012 By Tom Degun January 9 – Visually impaired Northern Ireland sprinter Jason Smyth (pictured) has vowed never to turn his back on the Paralympics despite the fact that he is closing in on a place at the London 2012 Olympics. The 24-year-old from Derry announced himself to the world by claiming… View Article
Paralympics – Young amputee sets sights on Paralympics

Paralympics – Young amputee sets sights on Paralympics

By Ashlee Tulloch Bryall McPherson was a promising young tennis player, until circumstances forced her to hang up her racquet four years ago. Now she is making waves as a world class swimmer. If she is not in the pool training six times a week, McPherson is studying at university, hip-hop dancing or line umpiring… View Article
Sunday Times Disabled Sportswoman of the Year – Equestrian star Anne Dunham

Sunday Times Disabled Sportswoman of the Year – Equestrian star Anne Dunham

By Andrew Warren – Swindon Advertiser EQUESTRIAN star Anne Dunham has been given a massive boost ahead of next year’s Paralympics after being named the Sunday Times Disabled Sportswoman of the Year. The Broad Hinton rider picked up a team gold and two individual golds at the European Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships in Belgium earlier this… 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
Paralympics – Ontario woman turns tragedy into Paralympic glory

Paralympics – Ontario woman turns tragedy into Paralympic glory

When an Ontario woman was severely injured in a car crash, she returned to horseback riding as a means to recover from the traumatizing ordeal. Now Jody Schloss has advanced her passion to the equestrian world’s biggest stage as a member of Canada’s Paralympic equestrian team. “I have been riding since I was 11. It’s… View Article

Paralympics – Rebecca’s Paralympic medal quest gets boost

A TEENAGE swimmer has received a big boost in her efforts to become a Paralympic gold medallist. Rebecca Lawes was awarded a grant from the disability charity Papworth Trust to help her train for the Rio games in 2016. The 18-year-old Impington Village College sixth-former was born with cerebral palsy and has moderate learning difficulties…. View Article

Paralalympic Athlete Regains Use Of Legs after Crash

Monique van der Vorst, 27, has completed an amazing athletic transformation from Paralympic athlete to road racing cyclist with the top Rabobank women’s professional team. Van der Vorst lost the use of her legs as a teenager in an operation to her ankle that went terribly wrong. At the time of her recovery she was introduced… View Article
Paralympics – London 2012 Paralympic Games receives National Lottery funding boost

Paralympics – London 2012 Paralympic Games receives National Lottery funding boost

By Tom Degun December 4 – The London 2012 Paralympic Games have received a major funding boost after the National Lottery confirmed their grant of £66 million ($103 million/€77 million) for the competition as part of the overall Public Sector Funding package. As part of the public funds already agreed in the bid commitment, the… View Article
Paralympics – Disabled Britons see Paralympic Games as condescending

Paralympics – Disabled Britons see Paralympic Games as condescending

LESS than a quarter of disabled people and just 11 per cent of Britons overall are excited about the Paralympics, a poll has shown. Apathy towards the Games is rife, according to the ComRes poll commissioned by disability charity Scope, with less than a third of disabled Britons and 18 per cent of the nation… View Article

Paralympics – Meet 2ft girl who dreams of winning 2012 Paralympics

Different in her own way, Jessica may be small but she is a huge inspiration… **************************************************** SCHOOLGIRL Jessica Rogers is determined to swim in the Paralympics – despite being approximately 2ft tall. The determined 14-year-old was born with a rare condition that left her with no lower spine and meant her legs had to be… View Article

Paralympics – Disabled rider on target for London 2012 Paralympics

Published on Monday 14 November 2011 09:51 A DISABLED rider who trains out of stables in Papplewick has become a world and European equestrian champion — after overcoming an allergy to horses! Sophie Wells (21), who rides from the Angela Weiss Stables on Mansfield Road, now has her sights set on the Paralympic Games. In… View Article

Paralympics – Demanding schedule puts Clegg on course for Paralympics challenge

By Stuart Bathgate Published on Tuesday 15 November 2011 00:00 Blind sprinter is determined to win gold SPRINTERS do not tend to reach their peak until their late 20s, but at 21, Libby Clegg is already a world champion and among the favourites to win 100 metres gold in London next summer. If she keeps… View Article
Paralympics – Paralympic taster sessions prove a big hit in the Borders

Paralympics – Paralympic taster sessions prove a big hit in the Borders

DBF: This is surely what the Paralympics should be all about? PARALYMPICS: Disabled schoolchildren in and around the Borders have been enjoying recent Paralympic festivals, having been given the opportunity to try out a variety of different sports. Two events for children with learning, sensory and physical disabilities have already taken place – at Queens… View Article
Paralympics – 2012 games project cash

Paralympics – 2012 games project cash

TWO OLYMPIC-inspired events in South Holland have been awarded grant funding. The Ruby Hunt Centre in Donington and the Big Bloomers group in Sutton Bridge shared almost £300 from a cash pot set up to fund projects inspired by next year’s Olympic and Paralympic games in London. The Ruby Hunt has been given £125 for… 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 – Asda Back Matthew Wylie’s Olympic Dream

A SUPERMARKET in South Shields is backing a teenage swimming sensation as he bids to achieve his Olympic dream. Matthew Wylie, 15, is hoping to compete in next year’s London Paralympics. The teenager, who has cerebral palsy, has been selected to be part of Asda’s Sporting Chance programme – and is now its Athlete of… View Article
Paralympics –  Sharkey left on tenterhooks

Paralympics – Sharkey left on tenterhooks

From the Buck Free Press BEACONSFIELD goalball ace Anna Sharkey admits Britain’s participation at next year’s Paralympics is out of the team’s hands. Sharkey and her British teammates were desperate for a good performance at the recent European Championships to support their bid for a host nation place at next year’s Games. But ninth out… 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 – Olympic torch relay will light up Larne

Paralympics – Olympic torch relay will light up Larne

Larne borough has been chosen to host the Olympic Flame in the run-up to the 2012 Games in London. The flame will pass through Glynn, Larne town, Drains Bay, Ballygally, Glenarm and Carnlough on Sunday, June 3 and the Games organisers are encouraging local people to plan ahead to become involved in the UK-wide event…. View Article

Paralympics – Josie Pearson aims for Paralympic Double

By Ian Morgan – Hereford Times JOSIE Pearson is making a track-and-field bid for a Great Britain place at next year’s Paralympics in London. The 25-year-old has taken up the discus and thrown just 12 centimetres short of a world record. “I started to do some throwing at the beginning of the summer and threw… View Article

Paralympics – From death’s door to London 2012 hopeful

Published on Wednesday 9 November 2011 16:10 A FORMER professional footballer from Milton Keynes is in with a chance of making a Great Britain Paralympics football team for London 2012 – five years after suffering extensive head injuries in an horrific car crash that killed one of his friends. And he’s doing it without being… View Article

Paralympics – WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: SIMON MUNN IS STILL OUR BIG HOPE

SIMON MUNN is a big man – in or out of his wheelchair. And that is one of the main reasons why the British basketball team picked him for the Paralympics in the first place 19 years ago. As London 2012 creeps closer, Munn is now heading for his sixth Paralympic Games in a team… View Article

Paralympics – Martine Wright Hoping a Sensational Circle Ends at 2012 Paralympics

“I sort of feel like I deserve to be here,” muses Martine Wright, before pausing, steeling herself and starting again. “I definitely feel like I’m meant to be here.” The conviction in her voice is arresting and a slightly fragile self-assurance makes her story riveting even in the mouth of the dullest teller. “Here” for… View Article
Paralympics – Paralympian launches Olympic inspired initiative for youngsters

Paralympics – Paralympian launches Olympic inspired initiative for youngsters

A PARALYMPIC hero has launched an Olympic inspired programme to encourage youngsters to fulfil their potential. Be the Best you can Be! was kick started at Galleywood Youth Centre by former Paralympic champion, Danny Crates. The initiative has been developed to inspire young people to recognise and fulfil their potential and supports the London 2012… View Article

Paralympics – The 2012 Paralympics Medals Offer Inspired, Tactile Interpretation Of Victory

Jewelry designer Lin Cheung evokes Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, with textured imagery. By: Belinda Lanks – Senior Editor at Co.Design Historically, Olympic medals haven’t been the medium of daring, Olympic-caliber design. Take Omer Arbel’s design for the 2010 Vancouver Games. Originally, he proposed a two-piece medal, which would be held together by concealed… View Article

Paralympics – USOC initiative sends OTC Paralympic cyclist on London tour

November 07, 2011 5:27 PM BRIAN GOMEZ THE GAZETTE Allison Jones sat on the track of the velodrome that will be used for the 2012 Paralympics in London. For a few captivating moments, she saw herself at the starting line, she heard the roar of the frenzied crowd and she got a glimpse of herself… View Article
Paralympics – Paralyzed local athlete training for 2014 Paralympics

Paralympics – Paralyzed local athlete training for 2014 Paralympics

by Sharon Sullivan GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — After his girlfriend died, Chris Jefferson took off in his wheelchair pushing and pushing his chair into the next county for 35 miles, before stopping. Then, he turned around and pushed his way back home, knocking out 70 miles altogether. “It built my stamina, my endurance,” Jefferson said…. 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 – Moorhouse picking the javelin over sprinting at London 2012

By Ryan Bangs, Sportsbeat SCOTT Moorhouse fell literally flat on his face during his first competitive foray into sprinting ­- but he has no shame in concentrating just on the javelin from now as a result. The 22-year-old took to the 100m starting blocks for the first time ever at the CP National Championships last… View Article
Adaptive Rowing 2012 or 2016 Paralympics? Do you have what it takes?

Adaptive Rowing 2012 or 2016 Paralympics? Do you have what it takes?

We have received this information and Flyer from Helen Blamey, the newly employed Talent Identification coach for adaptive boats. Her role is to identify new individuals who can increase our medal wining potential, and widen participation in the sport of Adaptive Rowing. She is looking to promote the sport to as many potential new athletes… View Article
Adaptive Rowing 2012 or 2016 Paralympics? Do you have what it takes?

Adaptive Rowing 2012 or 2016 Paralympics? Do you have what it takes?

We have received this information and Flyer from Helen Blamey, the newly employed Talent Identification coach for adaptive boats. Her role is to identify new individuals who can increase our medal wining potential, and widen participation in the sport of Adaptive Rowing. She is looking to promote the sport to as many potential new athletes… View Article
Paralympics-Damian Lopez Alfonso & Oscar Pistorius: Athletes of All Abilities

Paralympics-Damian Lopez Alfonso & Oscar Pistorius: Athletes of All Abilities

Nearly one in seven people is disabled, according to a new international survey from the World Health Organization and the World Bank — and today, more and more individuals with disabilities — physical, intellectual and others — are doing things that would not have been thought possible in previous generations. Damain Lopez Alfonso is a talented cyclist… View Article
Paralympics-Sochi 2014 ambassador inspires with story of success after serious car crash

Paralympics-Sochi 2014 ambassador inspires with story of success after serious car crash

With less than 1000 days to go before the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, one of Russia’s top paralympians, swimmer Olesya Vladykina, is using her incredible life-story to inspire others to overcome their disabilities. Olesya Vladykina struck gold, and set a new world record in the women’s 100 meter breaststroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games… View Article
Paralympics-Finbow confident of Euro revenge

Paralympics-Finbow confident of Euro revenge

Published on Tuesday 7 June 2011 08:56 DEWSBURY wheelchair basketballer Peter Finbow is the first to admit that Great Britain’s revenge mission didn’t go to plan at the BT Paralympic World Cup – but he’s still convinced it will be accomplished come September’s European Championships. The 35-year-old underwent two shoulder operations in 2009 and as… View Article

Pioneering Paralympian Frank Ponta dies, aged 75

From: The Australian JUST five days after the passing of Australia’s oldest Olympian Bill Roycroft, the Australian Paralympic Committee is mourning the death of 75-year-old Frank Ponta. Like five-time Olympian Roycroft, Ponta represented his country at five Paralympic Games starting with the very first held in Rome in 1960. Ponta, who dies in Perth last… View Article

Paralympics-Paralympic basketball star Kirsty Wallace reveals love inspired her to walk down the aisle on her wedding day

May 30 2011 Lisa Adams LOVE made Kirsty Wallace determined to walk down the aisle at her wedding after being paralysed from the waist down in a horrific accident. And it was that same determination that made her a star of the Team GB wheelchair basketball team that won the World Cup last week. Now, the… View Article

Paralympics-Blake still on course for 2012

Dorchester middle-distance runner Paul Blake insists his pursuit of London 2012 glory has not been blown off course despite a fifth-place finish on his BT Paralympic World Cup debut. The 21-year-old made an explosive start to 2011, grabbing 400m gold and 800m silver at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand in January but in… View Article
Paralympics-Golden girl Charlotte refuses to take anything for granted

Paralympics-Golden girl Charlotte refuses to take anything for granted

MANSFIELD swimmer Charlotte Henshaw insists she’s taking nothing for granted despite striking a major psychological blow ahead of the European Championships in Berlin. The 24-year-old grabbed 100m breaststroke gold at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, seeing off a top-quality field in the process. Henshaw touched home in 1:39.33 minutes, ahead of Paralympic gold… View Article
Paralympics-Tom Degun: What women’s sport in Britain can learn from the United States

Paralympics-Tom Degun: What women’s sport in Britain can learn from the United States

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 By: Tom Degun A week-long stay in Manchester recently saw me spend the majority of my time holed away in the cosy media centre at the BT Paralympic World Cup. But one wet and windy morning, which to me appears to me to be the norm for Mancunians, saw me venture… View Article
Paralympics-SWIMMING: Stephanie toasts Cup triumph

Paralympics-SWIMMING: Stephanie toasts Cup triumph

CORSHAM swimmer Steph Millward is ready to take on Europe’s best after BT Paralympic World Cup glory in Manchester. Millward lit up the final day of competition as she claimed gold in the 100m backstroke in 1:11.13 ahead of Australian Ellie Cole and compatriots Louise Watkin and Claire Cashmore. And she followed that up with… View Article
Double-amputee sets his sights on worlds

Double-amputee sets his sights on worlds

As track and field’s Diamond League crosses into the United States, the focus shifts from Usain Bolt to a pair of intriguing South African runners. Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Paralympic champion, and Caster Semenya, scrutinized in a gender-testing controversy in 2009 and 2010, headline the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday (2:30-4 p.m., NBC)…. View Article
Parson Wins Wellington Disabled Athlete of the Year Award

Parson Wins Wellington Disabled Athlete of the Year Award

World Champion cyclist Jayne Parson has been named the Pelorus Trust Disabled Athlete of the Year at the 2011 Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards held in Wellington, New Zealand. The New Zealand cyclist won the award after another successful year, which included becoming World Champion (with her tandem partner Sonia Waddell) in the Women’s… View Article

Paralympics-An Olympic inspiration for artists

Published on Wednesday 1 June 2011 08:03 FYLDE flyer Shelly Woods will be picture perfect for the London 2012 Paralympics. The 24-year-old wheelchair racer, from St Annes, is set to pose for young artists during drawing classes set up to mark the 2012 Games. The free three-day summer school will be held for 14 to… View Article

Paralympics-UK amputee schoolgirl Danielle Bradshaw eyes 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

An amputee who was encouraged by a Paralympic star to fulfil her dreams of running again finally got to meet her hero. Danielle Bradshaw, 12, who had her damaged leg amputated last year set her sights on competing at the Rio Games in 2016 after hearing about Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius. The schoolgirl met the… View Article
Paralympics-World joy is sweet for Caroline Maclean’s GB team

Paralympics-World joy is sweet for Caroline Maclean’s GB team

Great Britain’s women cruised to their first BT Paralympic World Cup title with a 63-52 victory over Germany in Manchester. Britain, including Haverhill’s Caroline Maclean, busted open the game late in the second quarter when they used an 8-0 run to go 36-21 up at the break, and they never looked back against a team… View Article
Paralympics-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: Great Britain men’s wheelchair basketball settle for bronze

Paralympics-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: Great Britain men’s wheelchair basketball settle for bronze

The GB men’s wheelchair basketball team secured the bronze medal at the BT Paralympic World Cup, defeating Brazil by 63-43 in the third place play-off. By Gareth A Davies They undoubtedly missed veteran playmaker Jon Pollock, who was sidelined three days before the event with a shoulder injury. Teenager Harry Brown was drafted in to… 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
Paralympian inspires grads with his story

Paralympian inspires grads with his story

MIDDLEBURY — Clouds tempered the sunshine Sunday morning, but the rain held off as 593 Middlebury College seniors received their degrees on a pleasantly warm but dry morning. Commencement speaker Chris Waddell challenged those in the sea of hopeful young faces, some belonging to 20-somethings nervous about what life held next for them, to be… View Article
Paralympics-Fastest man on no legs eyes Olympic glory. Yes! It’s Oscar Pistorius again!

Paralympics-Fastest man on no legs eyes Olympic glory. Yes! It’s Oscar Pistorius again!

In 2012 blade runner Oscar Pistorius aims to make history by becoming the first disabled athlete to compete in both Olympic and Paralympic Games. Keme Nzerem went to meet him. With a clutch of gold medals to his name South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is known as the blade runner. Oscar Pistorius was born 24… View Article
Paralympics-Barrow runner, Dean, takes on best in the world

Paralympics-Barrow runner, Dean, takes on best in the world

DEAN Miller is looking forward to testing himself against the very best when he competes in the Paralympic World Cup tomorrow. London 2012 hopeful Miller will race in the 800m (T36 and T37 combined class) in front of Channel 4 TV cameras in Manchester – and he knows it’s going to be a difficult challenge…. View Article
Paralympics-Men add Bronze to GB Medal Tally at BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Men add Bronze to GB Medal Tally at BT Paralympic World Cup

The GB men’s Wheelchair Basketball team secured the bronze medal at the BT Paralympic World Cup, defeating Brazil by 63-43. The home team started out slowly and trailed throughout the first quarter. But they came out fighting in the second quarter and took the lead in the first two minutes. Terry Bywater had a great… View Article
500 Days to go to the Paralympic Games 2012

500 Days to go to the Paralympic Games 2012

24 May 2011 On the eve of Paralympic Games 2012 in London a reception was held at the British Embassy in Moscow. In May 23, 2011 a reception dated to the celebration of 500 Days to go to the Paralympic Games 2012 in London and opening of the “REHA Moscow International 2011” was held at… View Article

Paralympics-Cashmore ready for World Cup after university challenge

KIDDERMINSTER’S Paralympic swimming star Claire Cashmore describes the past month as the worst of her life as her time at university comes to a close and can’t wait for a stress-free summer in comparison – starting now. The 22-year-old has been in good form in the pool so far this year, scooping double bronze at… 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-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: day four report

There was the feeling of a coming of age about this victory for Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball team, crowned champions of the BT Paralympic World Cup for the first time today. They thumped Germany 63-52 in the final. By Gareth A Davies It was not the margin, but the manner of victory that was… View Article
Moorcroft backs city Olympic role

Moorcroft backs city Olympic role

FORMER Olympic Athlete David Moorcroft believes Coventry can continue its tradition of producing world class Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The former 5,000 metre world record holder competed in three Olympic games for Great Britain in 1976, 1980 and 1984 and the city has produced some of the country’s finest athletes since. Hopefuls including runner Rowena… 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 aims to take his inspiring tale to Olympian heights

The South African, known as the ‘Blade Runner’, is hoping to educate people about disability while continuing his journey to the London 2012 Games A lean and sculpted Oscar Pistorius politely pushes aside a breakfast basket piled high with croissants and pastries. He stretches out his legs for the day and gazes at the London… View Article
Paralympics-Henshaw’s three-way tussle for supremacy set for another twist

Paralympics-Henshaw’s three-way tussle for supremacy set for another twist

CHARLOTTE Henshaw’s three-way tussle for 100m breaststroke supremacy is set for another twist at the BT Paralympic World Cup – and the Mansfield swimmer is relishing the battle. The 24-year-old has had her fair share of ups and downs so far in her career, as she slugs it out with fellow Brit Liz Johnson and… View Article
Paralympics-Ireland Announces Team for European Championships

Paralympics-Ireland Announces Team for European Championships

Ireland has announced its team for the IPC Swimming European Championship which will takes place from 3 -10 July in Berlin. The nine strong team features many swimmers who will not only be hoping to challenge for medals in the German capital but also qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. David Malone, Ireland Team… View Article

Paralympics-Blade Runner’s Olympic dreams

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is preparing for London 2012 with hopes to compete in the main 2012 games as well as the Paralympics. Consistently clocking times below the “A” standard is the goal for Pistorius as he eyes up qualification for next year’s London Olympics. The 24-year-old, who has four Paralympic titles to his… View Article

Paralympics-Inspiring Paralympic athletes speak of their 2012 fever

As British Paralympic stars compete in the World Cup, one basketball player, who is an amputee, tells Channel 4 News why life is “easier” for him than soldiers who have lost their legs in war zones. More than 240 athletes from 34 countries are competing in this week’s BT Paralympic World Cup, including “blade-runner” Oscar… View Article
Paralympics-Croatia’s Spanja Set to Renew Rivalries at European Championships

Paralympics-Croatia’s Spanja Set to Renew Rivalries at European Championships

Croatia’s double World champion swimmer Mihovil Spanja says his rivalries with Great Britain’s Jonathan Fox and Germany’s Christoph Burkhard are one of his main driving forces in the pool. At July’s International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming European Championships in Berlin and this week’s BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, the 27 year old Croat will… View Article

Paralympics-Freeman sinks Germany while British men thump Brazil in Manchester

By Gerard Meagher, Sportsbeat, in Manchester HELEN Freeman fired Great Britain to their second straight victory at the BT Paralympic World Cup – this time seeing off world silver medallists Germany in style in Manchester. ON FIRE: Great Britain head coach Garry Peel talks to his side during their impressive victory over Germany at the… View Article

Paralympics-Walker hoping World Cup can be the start of something special

By Gerard Meagher, Sportsbeat SITTING volleyball player Charlie Walker has called on the British public to look beyond the sun and sand at London 2012 – suggesting his sport is among the hidden gems of the Paralympics. At Beijing 2008, Great Britain didn’t even enter the sitting volleyball competition but thanks to UK Sport investment… View Article

Paralympics-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: day one report

By: Gareth A Davies Great Britain’s women got their 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup wheelchair basketball campaign off to a fantastic start with victory over Canada but their male counterparts had a frustrating opener with defeat at the hands of France. The women had a storming opening game with a 47-43 victory; an important result… View Article

Paralympics-Hollis keen to build towards London at World Cup

AS a Geography and Sports Science student, Emma Hollis knows her way around the world – but the thing she wants most is waiting just a stone’s throw away in the Olympic Park. Hollis, 19, who is in her first year at Loughborough University, can pretty much see the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, where she… 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
Paralympics: Boccia-Smith can’t wait for moment in spotlight

Paralympics: Boccia-Smith can’t wait for moment in spotlight

BOCCIA isn’t the first disability sport that springs to everyone’s mind, but after strutting his stuff at the BT Paralympic World Cup Swansea’s David Smith believes all that will change. The 22-year-old has already built an impressive trophy cabinet despite his young years, none more so cherished than his team gold won at the 2008 Beijing… View Article
Paralympics-Mixed Fortunes for GB Team’s on first day of BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Mixed Fortunes for GB Team’s on first day of BT Paralympic World Cup

The GB women got their 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup off to a fantastic start with victory over Canada but GB men had a frustrating opener with defeat at the hands of France. The women had a storming opening game with a 47-43 win over Canada; an important result against a team seeded three places… View Article
Paralympics-Simmonds Expecting Testing Examinations In and Out of the Pool

Paralympics-Simmonds Expecting Testing Examinations In and Out of the Pool

Great Britain’s Paralympic and World Champion swimmer Eleanor Simmonds is set for a summer of testing examinations both in and out of the pool – sitting her school exams in Spain before defending her European titles in Berlin, Germany in early July. The 16 year old from Walsall, who is currently in Majorca on a… View Article
Paralympics-Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game Launches 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game Launches 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup

The seventh annual BT Paralympic World Cup was launched today as members of the GB Wheelchair Basketball men’s and women’s teams took over the Manchester Arndale Centre to stage a celebrity demonstration event. Over the coming week, 23-28 May, some of the world’s best elite Paralympic athletes will descend on Manchester for the BT Paralympic… View Article
Paralympics-Libby Clegg tuning up for London

Paralympics-Libby Clegg tuning up for London

Published Date: 21 May 2011 By Gerard Meagher EDINBURGH sprinter Libby Clegg believes this month’s BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester offers the perfect opportunity to prove she can secure double gold at London 2012 next year. Clegg, 20, has been steadily rising through the ranks since claiming 100m silver at the 2008 Paralympics in… View Article
Paralympics-Nigel Murray with more on Boccia

Paralympics-Nigel Murray with more on Boccia

TWO-time Paralympic gold medallist Nigel Murray is the first to admit that boccia is not exactly the sexiest of sports – but he’s vowed to get the British public’s juices flowing at London 2012. The 46-year-old has a trophy cabinet brimming with major honours, including world and European gold medals, while he recently took his… View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius has one aim in life – to be the fastest man on Earth

By Kevin McCallum 12:08PM BST 22 May 2011 Oscar Pistorius opens the sliding doors of a room in his house in the east of Pretoria, whistles and all hell breaks loose. Pistorius has shown that while two legs may be good, no legs are better for him. Yet in his house, four legs rule the… View Article

Paralympics-Swimmer Ellie Simonds and coach Billy Pye are going in at the deep ahead of London 2012 Paralympics

Duncan White meets the swimmer and the former coal-miner who are on course to make a splash in London Going into my first final in Beijing, the nerves hit me so bad. I was 13 and it was my first final of the Paralympics, in the Individual Medley. I turned to Billy and said: ‘Why… View Article

Paralympics-Boccia is a Paralympic sport that will bowl you over

Jonathan Liew tries his hand at boccia and meets his match in Beijing gold medallist Zoe Robinson. Of all the sports that have, at some stage or another, managed to sweet-talk their way on to the Olympic programme, one of the oddest was ‘Indian clubs’. A gymnastics event that required its participants to swing two… View Article

Paralympics-Caroline Maclean is optimistic of ending GB’s bronze age

Haverhill wheelchair basketball player Caroline Maclean believes Great Britain are more than capable of bringing an end to their European bronze age – and with London 2012 just a year away, she thinks there’s no time like the present. The 36-year-old is set to compete in her fourth Paralympics in the capital next year, hoping… View Article

Paralympics-Natasha’s Hoop Hopes are High

Epsom wheelchair basketball player Natasha Davies hopes to make her Great Britain debut at the BT Paralympic World Cup. The 19-year-old only began training with the senior British team in September but is on the verge of her maiden appearance after being chosen as part of a 12-strong team for the World Cup. Davies is… View Article
Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

The BT Paralympic World Cup begins in Manchester on Monday with 300 dedicated athletes from 31 countries competing in the largest annual international multi-sport competition in elite disability sport. Most of those athletes have an inspiring and uplifting story to tell. Here Sportsmail catches up with six of them before the action kicks off… LOUISE… View Article