Crowds in central London cheer Team GB's medal winners from Athens

The Paralympics

The Paralympics coincide with the internationally recognised Olympic Games. What sets The Paralympics apart from other events, is that it allows people who suffer from physical or mental impairments to have a chance to compete in sporting events. These sporting events are highly competitive, and they have drawn more support during the Olympics season. Those who participate in The Paralympics take part in games which parallel those seen in the actual Olympic Games. Swimming, track and field and other events are huge draws for spectators from all over the world. The Paralympics allows people with impairments to showcase their athletic abilities on the world’s biggest stage. Many of these athletes are skilled enough to beat competitors who do not suffer from an impairment. It takes an incredible amount of talent and skill to participate in The Paralympics.

Studies conducted during the 2012 London Paralympic Games shows that the event has an incredibly positive effect on the ways in which people with impairments are viewed. A poll showed that 1 in 3 UK adults changed their attitude toward those who have mental or physical impairments, after viewing the games. Almost 65% of the public agree that The Paralympics helps people to view those with impairments in a much more positive light. Many residents of London discovered a newfound respect for these athletes, as they began to see that the games were about ability, and not about disability. It is the perfect showcase for participants to show what they can do, as opposed to what they cannot do.


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Kelly Holmes
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Kelly Holmes

"Having a major championship in my home country is brilliant as you feel the whole stadium is rooting for you. It would be just brilliant to have the Olympics in London in 2012 - I look forward to being there and cheering the Great Britain team on."