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I've Won Gold, Silver And Bronze At The Paralympics, More People With A Learning Disability Should Have The Same Opportunity

Jessica-Jane Applegate | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Sport
Jessica-Jane Applegate

I'm Jessica-Jane Applegate, I'm 20 years old and I'm an elite swimmer. I've competed in competitions all over the world, I've set over 75 new British Swimming records and I've won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016 and in 2013 was given an MBE. I also have a learning disability.

My Letter To Louis Smith After Seeing 'That' Video

Julie Siddiqi | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Sport
Julie Siddiqi

Dear Louis - My heart sank when the video appeared online over the weekend. As a proud Brit, as a Muslim, as a parent and as the Mum of a son who is an Elite Level-5 gymnast representing his region next month in the national finals, my heart really did sink. I had to discuss it with him; I wish I hadn't needed to.

For The Olympics To Survive It Must Change, Starting Right Now

Xavier Toby | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Sport
Xavier Toby

When I think back on the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, the first word that comes to my mind is "meh". I do so wish I'd been more excited.

The Paralympics Did Inspire Me But Not In The Way You Might Think

Mathy Selvakumaran | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mathy Selvakumaran

But for me, as a person with a disability I've had since birth, having the opportunity to watch the Paralympics means so much more to me than just being an "inspiration" in the most sentimental of senses.

Why Are Our Trains Not Suitable For Superhumans?

Laura Moore | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Laura Moore

I saw a post on Twitter today that really angered me.  One of our Gold medal winning Paralympians, Sophie Christiansen OBE, had been stranded on a train because Great Western had not ensured there was a ramp for her when she arrived at Paddington Station.

Brazil Has Made The World Smile Yet Again

Vinicius Lummertz | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vinicius Lummertz

Brazil as a tourist destination, previously known predominantly for its beautiful beaches, diverse culture, gastronomy and natural resources, has also become a benchmark for having world potential in other segments, such as sports, events and business. And, as befits this moment, we want to be given due respect for who we are today as a country, with attention paid to the path we are following.

I Have A Disability And Feel Empowered - Every Four Years

Ellie May Forrester | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Sport
Ellie May Forrester

The Paralympic Games illustrate that when a disabled person has the right support, is valued and, importantly, listened to, they can succeed to the best of their abilities. If we put a little of this philosophy, enthusiasm and energy into supporting disabled people every day, not just every four years, all disabled people could feel that they too can achieve and make a valued contribution to society.

Rio Paralympics 2016. Are People With Disabilities Superhuman Or Simply Human?

Luca Badetti | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Sport
Luca Badetti

As the Rio 2016 Paralympics continue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, international attention of varying degree is being given to this second round of Olympic sport galore, involving persons who have disabilities.

Four Paralympians Ran The 1500m Quicker Than Olympic Gold Medallist Did

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK

Four Paralympians ran the 1500m in a quicker time than the Olympian who won gold did. Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka, who is visually impaired, won gold ...

23 Incredible Photos That Show Paralympians In Action At Rio

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The Paralympics have been underway for just a matter of days and already we’ve seen some incredible feats of strength and resilience. Abdellatif Ba...

Why Are Paralympians Being Treated As Second Class Athletes?

Charlie Proctor | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Sport
Charlie Proctor

With the Olympics, every single sporting event was filmed by the host broadcaster and was available for audiences to watch. With the Paralympics, it has been a completely different story. There are currently no television cameras being used at all to record some sporting events including the rowing. As a result, Channel 4 resorted to sending their own camera crews out to the rowing venue so viewers in the UK could enjoy at least some sort of coverage. When a country can't even commit to providing cameras and live coverage of all sporting events, should they even be allowed to host the games?

It's Not The Paralympic Athletes That I'm Inspired By

Laura Moore | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

While many people are being inspired by our amazing Paralympic athletes I relate more with another group of important people during these games... the Paralympic parents and this is my letter to them.

Why Athletes With A Learning Disability Should Have More Opportunities At The Paralympics

Stephanie Moore | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Sport
Stephanie Moore

I have trained most of my life to reach the top level in sport, and there are many more athletes like me who are being excluded from being able to compete at the highest level. We need to see better equality for athletes with a learning disability.

Waste Mountain Could Be Golden Opportunity For The World's Poorest

Richard Gower | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Richard Gower

Our present economic model, which could be described as 'take, make, dispose', has generated significant improvements in our standard of living, but is also harming us. According to the World Health Organisation, each year twenty times more people die of diseases linked to mismanagement of waste and pollutants than die from malaria.

Why Gary Lineker's Wrong About The Olympics!

Gordon Bryan | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Sport
Gordon Bryan

So Gary, dear Gary, yes you might think it dull to hear yet again that people find that watching other sports shows up how obnoxious the cheating and time wasting is in football, but the reason it's said every time, is because it's still just as true now as it was the last time, and as it will be the next time too.

Changing The Game: What The Olympics Can Teach Brands

Amelia Kallman | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Tech
Amelia Kallman

From wearables, virtual reality and augmented reality, to the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robots and drones, technology is truly changing the game at this year's Olympics

Why I Won't Be Attacking Lynsey Sharp

Keely Thorne | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Sport
Keely Thorne

People must equally, surely appreciate that this feels unfair for the athletes competing against her. Undeniably, if someone has testosterone levels that are three times the normal range for females and are competing in an athletic event against females, they have an advantage!

Few Countries Could Hope To Match Team GB In Rio - Let's Enjoy It

Stephen Mayne | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Mayne

Only a small number of countries are big enough, rich enough, and obsessed enough with sport to have the luxury of losing count of medals over the course of any single day. As our team returns home victorious, it shouldn't be ignored or taken for granted. It's something to celebrate.

Outright Nationalism Is Donald Trump's Next Trick

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

I still think that Donald Trump might just win the Presidential election. Nationalism is extreme patriotism; a feeling of superiority over other countries. The causes are historic for both the UK and US...many citizens in both the US and UK see their countries as having a 'superior' backstory filled with heroic deeds and victories.

In The US During The Olympics - Missing The BBC

Jackie Kemp | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jackie Kemp

Why can't I watch the BBC outside the UK? If it is to do with contracts for selling content abroad, they should change the contracts. The world is changing. NBC is getting punished by viewers for its approach. Many, like me, would be happy to subscribe to an IBC channel. Lucky viewers in the UK, know that your BBC TV service is gold.

What Can We Learn From Olympic Coaches?

Damian Hughes | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
Damian Hughes

Most people possess a model of the world, a script for how things should be. What stops innovation is the lack of willingness to double back and revisit our scripts and determine whether they are helpful or not... it's not working harder but working smarter which is what double loop thinking requires us to do.

Will Rio 2016 Inspire A Generation Desperately In Need?

Thomas Church | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
Thomas Church

Much of the conversation since has been on the cost of funding to Olympic Sports (although most comes from the Lottery Fund). Is it worth it? Here in this park, watching young people come together to do calisthenics (body-weight exercise), the answer is definitely yes.

Rio 2016 May Not Have Been Perfect, But It Was Another Reminder Of How Important Sport Is To Society

David Alexander | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
David Alexander

On a global scale, the Olympic Games allowed the world to witness moments of human achievement rather than tragedy and it's no wonder that businesses large and small are keen to associate themselves with sport and why the benefits go beyond the playing field, the track or the pool.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Celebrating The Humanitarian Spirit At The Rio Olympics And Onwards

Unni Krishnan | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In wars and disaster zones, a simple explanation is that humanity is a force that advances the idea of life, with dignity. To strengthen the idea of humanity for people caught in conflicts, epidemics and disasters, we could borrow some ideas from the Olympic motto: Citius (faster), Altius (higher) and Fortius (stronger).

Junk Food Infiltrates Rio Olympics

Diane Abbott | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

It is time that Olympics stopped giving one message about health and fitness through the games themselves, but a completely different message through the sponsors they choose. It is no wonder that the 2012 Olympics, although a wonderful spectacle, did not result in an improvement in health and fitness in the UK.Sadly the same will be true of Brazil. There needs to be an end of junk food sponsorship of the Olympics and Team GB should never again be sponsored by an alcohol company.