I have not been watching the Paralympics, not because I do not have admiration for our athletes, but simply because I have never enjoyed watching any kind of sport. I have always enjoyed taking part in a range of sports, knowing I may not be good at it as it is about having fun for … Continue reading The oppressive roots of the paralympics
As you read this, I will be on my way to Belgium to attend an international disabled windsurfing camp. I was always fascinated by windsurfing but I wondered how on earth I would be able to do it since standing up, my balance is so poor. When I had the idea that actually I could … Continue reading Windsurfing sitting down
As the anniversary of the Paralympics approaches I am becoming tired of hearing the question of whether its 'legacy' has made any lasting affect on disabled people. The games were just a sporting event and a public display of medical model elitism that actually not the utopian dream people have imagined the games were. I felt … Continue reading Was the Paralympics that positive?
While last year's paralympics games were hailed us a symbol of disability utopia by the disability elite, when they were not complaining about the smallest of problems, I believe they hijacked the publicity of the games for political gain when they had no interest in sport before the games and since them. The reality of … Continue reading The darker side of the paralympics
A few days ago someone asked me how long have swimming and I simply said all my life as I can not remember a time I was not swimming. On my wall I have a newspaper article from 1978 about the opening of my school by the Queen where there is a picture of my … Continue reading I can swim but in my own way
In reading about the history of the Paralympics here, it is interesting to see the forerunners of the games went back in 1948. Many see the home of the games as being Stoke Mandleville where the paralympics started as the Stoke Mandleville Games, which is also famous for its spinal injury unit, and its the … Continue reading A part of Paralympic History
As regular readers may know, I love doing a wide range of watersports. Wetsuits are clearly an must and I have a large collection to suit the range of activities I like doing. Another must is wetsuit boots for a number of reasons. I can not walk on any sort of rough ground without acting like … Continue reading I Love my Wetsuit Boots
I am been swimming hats since I started swimming competitively in my late 20s and I remember having to wear one at school when I was a child. I now never swim without one and I find them useful for a whole range of reasons like warmth, keeping my hair dry and being easily seen. I … Continue reading Should swimming hats be compulsory?
When I was on my teens, my local council really pushed the participation of disabled people into a wide range of sporting activities. I took up every opportunity that was offered to me, having a go at as many sports as I could. I always believed everyone should have an opportunity to try a wide … Continue reading Have A Go…