The Paralympic Games are a major international multi-sport event where athletes with a physical disability can compete. This is very much the same as the Olympics but people with physical disabilities can compete only. This year seen the very first double amputee Oscar Pistorius compete in the Olympics, making history and he will now go on and compete again in the Paralympics. This was a huge stepping stone for sport around the world. I see no problem with people with physical disabilities competing against able bodied people as long as they want to. I have to say that I feel Oscar Pistorius is an inspiration to everybody around the world your and old.

The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sport events by the early 21st century. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes, but there is a large funding gap between Olympic and Paralympic athletes. There is a wide variety of disabilities that Paralympic athletes have, there are several categories in which the athletes compete. The disabilities are broken down into six broad categories. The categories are amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, visually impaired, and ”The Others", which are athletes with disabilities that do not fall into the other five categories.

I look to the people that compete in the Paralympics as inspirations. They do not let their disability get in their way. The can do everything that others can do they just have to find other ways of doing it. I am dedicating this blog post to the amazing people in the world that don’t let anything stop them. You guys are true inspirations and I look up to you all. You are more than athletes; you are role models, inspirations and most of all people who understand the true meaning of living life to the full. Usually people say that the sky is the limit but for you guys I believe that you have going about the limit of the sky in what you have achieved in life.

Good luck to all of the Athletes competing this year.


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Richard said...

The best thing about the paralympics was this year was that intellectually disabled were finally allowed to compete again after 12 years

Without going into the pathetic reason as to why they were banned ( you can read about it here: ), its good news that the IPC finally saw sense!

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