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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Where have the last 4 years gone ?

It’s quite astonishing to think this time 4 years ago, I would have be competing at my 2 Paralympics in London.

It’s quite astonishing to think that this time 4 years ago, I was competing at my second Paralympics in London. It was an honour and a privilege to have been able to compete at a home Games, something many athletes never get to accomplish during their careers.

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What’s Your Story: Disability Sport 

This blog is about how disability sport has impacted on my life.

 

My story starts off a little differently to most other disabled athletes, I was born with a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia of the left leg. I first started out at an Able-bodied swimming club whilst I was living in S.H.A.P.E, Belgium.

 

I started quite late as a swimmer only taking up the sport at 11. It was one of my coaches that who asked me, “why don’t you try disabled swimming”, I was probably taken aback by that comment, as
I thought “why would I compete with disabled people when I am able within reason to compete with my  able-bodied peers.” Maybe it was me being a typical teenager and not wanting to conform or maybe as I see it now looking back at it, perhaps I was looking down on disability sport.

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