London Paralympics

Is This How We Treat Our Sporting Heroes?

PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK

Paralympic wheelchair racer David Weir is being refused a home with a downstairs toilet, it has been reported. Weir, the winner of four gold medals...

Let the Games Begin...

Caroline White | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Sport
Caroline White

Welcoming 1,700 athletes, from 12 different sports disciplines, into our beautiful city of Bath and seeing the Flame of Hope arrive to mark the start of the Games was really something more than just 'special'.

London 2012 Paralympics Legacy, a Turning Point for Disability

Sophie Christiansen | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Sport
Sophie Christiansen

I do think that London 2012 was a turning point in perception about disability. Not only is there now a huge appetite for Paralympic sport, but I think attitudes did start to change. I've noticed it myself, in people's reactions to me. In the past, people have often seemed apprehensive about how to talk to me because I have cerebral palsy, but I have noticed that since last summer, people seem much more comfortable coming over and talking to me than they ever did before.

The 10 Commandments of London 2012

Baroness Oona King | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Oona King

The history books may record the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as Britain's finest hour since the Second World War. Is that over-blown hype? Maybe. But the semi-biblical gushing from the commentariat is deservedly earned. Stratford is the new Jerusalem... What did it take for us to become winners? Here are The 10 Commandments from London 2012 to which both Government and citizen alike should aspire...

All Eyes on Us

Steve Moffitt | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Sport
Steve Moffitt

The truth is that in the year since London 2012 discussion of disability has focused on funding cuts, particularly to disability benefits, and once again the future seems very fragile for disabled young people - if not bleak.

Disabled Schoolchildren 'Sent To The Library During PE'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Disabled schoolchildren are being sent to the library during PE lessons because teachers are not able to integrate them, a Paralympic gold medallist ...

Overcoming Adversity With Paralympian Gold Medallist, David Andrew-Smith

Sam Feltham | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Sport
Sam Feltham

This morning I struggled to get out of bed to come to work, but from now on I will not be so complacent about life after speaking to David Andrew-Smit...

G4S Loses 28% Of Olympics Security Pay After Locog Claws Back £70m

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK

G4S - the security firm whose bungled attempts to provide enough people for the Olympic Games made headlines worldwide, is to take a bigger-than-expec...

WATCH: When We Booed Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.12.2012 | UK Comedy

It was the year of the Diamond Jubilee. It was the year of the American election. But more, much more than this: it was the year we booed George Osbor...

Olympic Stars Set Regent Street Alight (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

A string of giant gold discs flicked into life in mid-air as a team of British Olympic and Paralympic athletes switched on the Regent Street Christmas...

A Legacy to Stand On?

Jon Snow | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Sport
Jon Snow

OK so we have hosed ourselves down, celebrated Jonnie Peacock, Ellie Simmonds and so very many more. But beyond our fading emotions, stirred in a way not one of us ever anticipated, what's left? For myself, and I guess many others, I do consider disability differently, visible disability for sure. I'm not so sure anything has advanced with regard to the less visibly disabled people amongst us.

Ennis And Weir Voted Olympian And Paralympian Of The Year

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Sport

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis and wheelchair racer David Weir rounded off a golden year of success by being voted British Olympic and Paralympic Athlete o...

Paralympics Inspire the Here and Now, But the Race has Just Begun

Alex Taylor | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK
Alex Taylor

In the weeks leading up to the Paralympics the air was filled with a familiar, silent contradiction. The predominant line focused on how inspiring it was going to be, seeing athletes perform and overcome, despite their disabilities. At the same time, a ComRes poll found that sixty-six percent agreed that "people with disabilities are often regarded as second-rate citizens".

Grabbing Opportunities: What Can Business Leaders Learn From the Paralympics?

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK
Adrian Moorhouse

The ability to turn threat to opportunity has long been known to be a high performer mind-set in any field but perhaps it is nowhere more obvious than in the back stories of the Paralympians.

The 2012 Paralympics Will Inspire Young People With Disabilities Like Me

Declan Dexter | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Sport
Declan Dexter

The moment of the Paralympics that I will always remember most vividly was when I got the chance to see it live. I was at the Excel Centre watching the Wheelchair Fencing. The atmosphere was amazing and the crowd really got behind the athletes and supported their countries. It showed that not just able-bodied people can take part in sports - that was really special.

Emerging Icons at The Paralympics- Day Nine: Mary Leay, The Musgraves and Up Down Go Machine

Kat Jackman | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Making the Emerging Icons corner of the Olympic Park into a blissful oasis of calm amid the madness was solo songstress Mary Leay. This lady doesn't half make this whole performing lark look easy. Not only can she relax a large crowd quicker than a triple disc edition of 'Calming Sounds of the Ocean', she can also make every individual feel like they're getting a personal performance.

Savour the Post-Olympics High, But Don't Be Afraid to Go Back to Being Your Cynical Self

Justin Myers | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Myers

The Olympics, apparently, has had the fortunate side effect of making us more human. But we didn't need fixing. We weren't devoid of compassion or community spirit; we were just looking for a way to show it.

Paralympics Will Open the Door to a More Disabled-Friendly Britain

Shahab Siddiqui | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Shahab Siddiqui

As a wheelchair user myself, I have been following the Paralympics with great interest, as well as the debate and conversations that have arisen from it. The Paralympics has been hailed as the best thing to happen in raising the profile of the plight of disabled people, and as it draws to a close, the legacy will be in giving us something to aspire to.

WATCH: Our NEW National Anthem

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Comedy

Feeling a bit sad now that the Olympics and Paralympics are over? Don't! Simply be upstanding for our new national anthem - as revealed above. (Vid...

The London 2012 Paralympics Are Historic for a Reason You May Not Know About...

David Bull | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Sport
David Bull

For at least 20 of the athletes who competed in the Games in London this year, it is polio which has left them paralysed - a vicious, highly infectious disease that attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis, if not death. It is children under five who are most vulnerable to infection. But it was possible to watch London 2012's Paralympics Games with a great sense of optimism. These Games were historic, not only for the number of competing athletes and sell-out crowds, but also because they may well have been the last Olympics to take place in a world where a child is at risk of paralysis because of polio.

Record TV Audiences and a Nation Smiling: You Are Experiencing the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Chris Holmes | Posted 07.11.2012 | UK Sport
Chris Holmes

It's only a week since the Opening Ceremony burned into our consciousness and yet as individuals, as a nation, we have travelled such a distance.

Emerging Icons at the Paralympics Day Six: Jazz Morley, Auction for the Promise Club, Stowaways and Tankus the Henge

Kat Jackman | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Opening our stage for the day was the stunning presence of Jazz Morley and her piano.

Personal Bests

Caragh Little | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Sport
Caragh Little

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, and in many more cities than just two. First the Olympics, now the Paralympics; riots in Belfast, ...


Wendy Wason | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Wason

I have spent the whole of these Paralympic games marvelling at these extra-ordinary, brave, inspirational human beings. There are blind guys playing football, a British female relay-team with cerebral palsy and David Weir who was described as the "greatest Paralympian of all time".

LGBTI Equality: The Lost Legacy of the London Games?

Kevin Childs | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK
Kevin Childs

The Paralympics opening ceremony seemed to re-enforce the message of inclusiveness, ending with a rip-roaring rendition of that very gay anthem 'I am what I am' by Beverley Knight. But let's not get over excited. Those 25 out gay Olympians and Paralympians begin to look less than included when you consider the thousands who have taken part so far. What is it about modern sport that closes the door on sexual identity?