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.

Wheelchair user wins able-bodied event at the Commonwealth Games

At this years Commonwealth Games in Delhi, wheelchair-user Danielle Brown won gold in the able-bodied team compound archery event along with team mates Nicky Hunt and Nichola Simpson.

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Danielle, age 22, has reflex sympathetic dystrophy which gives her constant pain and means she cannot stand for long periods of time. Despite this, Danielle conjured up the strength to not only stand, but also compete, leaning for support on a stool specially made for her at Loughborough University. Having battled an undiagnosed illness for years as a teenager, it just goes to show that determination and talent are what matters.

Keep your eyes peeled when watching the Commonwealth Games as there are a number of Para-Sports such as table tennis and swimming.

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October 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Sport. Leave a comment.

Boris Johnson takes on Ade Adepitan in a game of Boccia

It may seem ages away, two years in fact, but London mayor Boris Johnson did all he could yesterday to publicise the impending 2012 Paralympic Games by playing Boccia with Paralympian Ade Adepitan in Trafalgar Square.

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They were also joined by 21-year-old David Smith, a Boccia gold medalist, and some children hoping to get into the game. Cheeky Boris had to be reprimanded at one point by Ade for edging forward and not sitting back in his chair! Take a look at the VIDEO on the BBC website.

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August 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Sport. Leave a comment.

Dance classes for disabled and non-disabled dancers

Candoco Dance Company is a contemporary dance group open to disabled and non-disabled dancers of all levels of ability. Working in the UK and abroad, they put on show-stopping productions as well as hosting a programme of teaching projects which you can get involved in to develop your dancing career, or just for fun!

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Photograph by Rachel Cherry

They have four different types of learning programmes: Artist Development, supporting established and emerging dancers; Creative Projects, where you can get involved in productions both in the UK and internationally; Teaching and Learning, dance opportunities in schools, colleges, universities and vocational training centres; Youth Dance, for people aged 14-25.

Want to see what they do for yourself? Take a look at their video:

The Candoco Dance Company are now recruiting for the new term of Youth Dance starting in September. Offering a FREE taster session on Monday the 6th of September, you will also be given a complimentary ticket to see their production at The Southbank Centre on the 11th or 12th of October 2010. Contact Sarah at  youth@candoco.co.uk to book your place, or call the office on 0207 704 6845. All I can say is, why am I 26? Darn that extra year!

But i’ll be going to watch one of the productions they as will be touring the UK from September 2010 until March 2011. Visit www.candoco.co.uk/productions for dates and locations.

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August 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Inspiration. 3 comments.