Sainsbury’s Super Saturday

Like festivals? Then you’ll love Sainsbury’s Super Saturday festival celebrating the Paralympic Games 2011.

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Set in Clapham Common, London on 10th September 2011, the event will include live music, a variety of food and drink (some alcoholic I’m sure!), and activities for kids. So it’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Performing are acts like The Saturdays, Taio Cruz, and Chipmunk.

Visit Sainsbury’s Super Saturday festivals website to buy tickets (£45 for an adult, minus a booking fee).

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May 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Goings on. Leave a comment.

That Paralympic Show returns for another series

Have you been watching That Paralympic Show? In a countdown to the 2012 Paralympics, Channel 4 are now airing a second series – yeah! A lively and refreshing look at everything Paralympic, the show follows athletes through training and participation in a range of Paralympic sports.

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For those not familiar with Paralympic sports, the show gives a unique ‘insight into the unbelievable ambition and talent of Great Britain’s Paralympic athletes‘. The show, presented mainly by Rick Edwards and Ade Adepitan, has a light-hearted, fun feel to it, in the style of T4. Hopefully, its cool approach to Paralympic sports will encourage youngsters, and everyone really, to get involved, whether that be participating or watching. I know I’ll be glued to the TV in 2012!

So watch out for silly costumes, fun challenges and some very sexy athletes! Visit 4oD to catch up on previous episodes and for more information.

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April 7, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Sport. 1 comment.

Paralysed teenager Lauren Jones is Paralympic hopeful

15-year-old Lauren Jones has climbed the World Wheelchair Tennis Rankings to reach the top 20, and is now also in the top 3 for Great Britain. Even more astonishing is that fact that Lauren only started playing tennis in March last year, after becoming paralysed.

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Lauren is now paralysed from the waist down after falling from a tree in June 2009. During her recovery period at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, Lauren used sport, and in particular tennis, to aid her progress.

But her ambitions don’t stop there as she aims to join the Great British Wheelchair Tennis Squad who will compete in the 2012 Paralympics.

Her mother said; We’re absolutely elated and can’t believe how far she’s come so quickly. But for Lauren, she’s not satisfied yet. She feels she’ll be happy when she’s number one.’

Her family is still fund-raising to fund a new wheelchair and home access for Lauren. If you would like to donate, please visit their Just Giving page.

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January 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Sport. 7 comments.

7/7 bomb survivor becomes Paralympic hopeful

Martine Wiltshire, a victim of the 7/7 London bombings who lost both her legs as a result of the attack, is planning to compete in the 2012 Paralympic games. Since the bombings in 2005, Martine has learned to fly, and is now a member of the Great British women’s sitting volleyball team who hope to enter the 2012 games.

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At the recent inquest into the 7/7 bombings, Martine, who gave evidence, was praised by coroner Lady Justice Hallett for her courage calling her ‘truly inspirational and a triumph of human spirit over dreadful adversity‘. I couldn’t agree more. Good luck in the Paralympics Martine!

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November 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Inspiration. 1 comment.

Winter Paralympics 2010

Imagine my irritation when, after looking forward to watching the opening ceremony of the winter Paralympic games tonight, I realised it’s not being shown on any accessible TV channel in the UK. For many of you I’m sure you don’t need to picture the frustration as you’re thinking the same thing!

But all is not lost… as the events proceed Paralympic Sport TV will be streaming the games- phew! You may be a little aggrivated by the hiccups in reception and frequent advertisements. But it also gives some inspirational accounts of athletes stories, and details of the games from the competitors themselves – definitely worth the watch.

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So for those of you unsure what events our 12 strong British Paralympic team will be involved in, they are as follows:

Alpine skiing – where competitors ski down vertical drops ranging from 120 to 800 metres, at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour.

Cross-country skiing – participants ski over distances between 2.5 kilometres to 20 kilometres. “Racers use two basic techniques in cross-country: classical, where the skis move parallel to each other through machine-groomed tracks in the snow, and free technique where skiers propel themselves in a manner similar to speed skating, pushing off with the edge of their skis.” (The official Vancouver 2010 website explained that so much better than I could of!). There is also a relay version of this event.

Biathlon – this combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting where skiers shoot targets from short or long distances depending on their discipline.

These 3 sports categorise the skiers in 3 ways- visually impaired, sitting or standing. “Visually impaired skiers use the same equipment as able-bodied skiers but ski with a guide. Standing skiers are skiers with a locomotive disability and who are able to use the same equipment as able-bodied skiers. Sit-skiers usually have no use of their legs (paraplegic) and use a special made sit-ski (a specially built chair attached to a pair of skis).” (Vancouver 2010)

Ice hockey – varies from the non-Paralympic version only in so far as participants skate on boards which have two blades, and instead of one stick they use two; one to propel themselves along the ice, and the other to hit the puck.

Wheelchair curling – again very similar to the Olympic version, except no sweeping is involved, thus making the precision of the throw all the more important.

For all the details take a look at the official Vancouver 2010 website, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), or the British Paralympic Association.

I hope you enjoy!

March 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Sport. 2 comments.