Mind Set Game #46: Rhondda to Rio with Rhys Jones

In today’s episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Rhy Jones.

In 2012, after only 3 years of taking part competitively, Rhys was selected to represent Great Britain for the first time at the London 2012 Paralympics and become a British Paralympic sprinter. In 2013, he was selected to represent Great Britain once again at the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France. In 2014, Rhys was selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow and Great Britain at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea. More recently, he has competed at Rio 2016 and at the IPC World Championships in London this year (2017). Continue reading “Mind Set Game #46: Rhondda to Rio with Rhys Jones”

Mind Set Game #43: AKA Jason Robinson of wheelchair rugby with Ayaz Bhuta

In today’s episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Ayaz Bhuta.

Ayaz is a member of the British wheelchair rugby aka murderball and a recent member of ParalympicsGB in Rio 2016. Continue reading “Mind Set Game #43: AKA Jason Robinson of wheelchair rugby with Ayaz Bhuta”

Mind Set Game #36: Through the eyes of a sprinter with Jarryd Wallace

On today’s episode of the mind set game podcast, I sat down with Jarryd Wallace. Jarryd is a 2 x Paralympian having competed in London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the T44 classification.

Not your typical high school track star turned professional athlete.

Detour at age 18 when he was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome. In what should have been his first year as a Division 1 athlete, Jarryd faced the stark reality of amputating his own leg.

Set four World Records and become the nation’s fastest amputee. In fact, his speed surpasses that of many NFL running backs.

I love the quote he uses on your website: “Too many people, unfortunately, allow life’s challenges to define their existence. Jarryd made the decision never to let “disability” define him.”

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Mind Set Game #15: Dealing with the hand you have been dealt with Adam Lewis Walker

In this week’s episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Adam Lewis Walker.

Adam is the host of Awaken Your Alpha podcast, has been featured on both ESPN and in the Huffington Post as well as hosting his own TEDx talk. And not forgetting he was also a teammate of mine during our time with the British sitting volleyball team. Continue reading “Mind Set Game #15: Dealing with the hand you have been dealt with Adam Lewis Walker”

Technology Doping

In 2008, double amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa successfully lobbied for the right to race on carbon fiber blades in IAAF events, including the Olympic Games. Four years later he became the first amputee to run against able-bodied competition at the Olympics when he competed in the 400 meters in London.

 

This year German long jumper Markus Rehm attempted to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but officials, concerned that his artificial leg conferred an unfair advantage, did not permit him to compete. Half a century after the first Paralympic Games, in Rome, in 1960, the distinction between disability and ability is disappearing.

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Something the Paralympics are not telling you

Speaking from personal experience, the classification system that is place in Paralympic sport is an absolute mine field, as I competed in 3 different sport throughout my 10 years career. I could tell you why someone is in that particular classification in a sport I did, but couldn’t do the same if it was the same disability in a different sport and that is probably why it is to complex of system.

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Disability Sport Wales’ Insport Series

It was an honour and privilege to be invited as an VIP to speak about my experiences of the Paralympics at the Disability Sport Wales Insport Series held on September 9th and 10th 2016.

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