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An interview with wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett – “A switch flicked and now I find myself making the most of what I CAN do”

A silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games at just eighteen years old, a former world number one in wheelchair tennis, and an eight-time Grand Slam winner in both singles and doubles events, Alfie Hewett has achieved success from a young age, and showed little sign of slowing down, reaching the semi-finals in the […]

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Pioneering the Paralympics: From persecution to progression

Four decades before it was destroyed by the Holocaust before its buildings were burnt to the ground and replaced with acres of barbed wire, the city of Chorzów, Poland was home to an unassuming man who would soon inspire social acceptance and celebration of the disabled for ages to come. It was in the small […]

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Paralympics must review classification in light of scandal

It has been a dark month for Paralympic sport. At the beginning of November, 11-time Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke as a witness to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, questioning whether the classification of disabilities was ‘fair and transparent’. Grey-Thompson suggested that Para-athletes were abusing the classification system through the misrepresentation of their […]

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Jonnie Peacock’s turn on ‘Strictly’ brings disabled issues to the fore

Watching Jonnie Peacock foxtrot, quickstep and paso-doble his way across the Strictly ballroom, you wouldn’t guess that the lower part of his right leg is a prosthesis. So, as the first amputee ever to appear on the BBC series steps out onto the dance floor and back into the media spotlight, it’s time to look […]

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Rio success fuels hunger for Mullen in search of gold

The rain and wind of Festival Square in Edinburgh is a far cry from Rio de Janeiro’s famous sun and sand. That does not seem to be bothering Andrew Mullen, whose joy at claiming three Paralympic medals could cut through even the gloomiest of days. Having failed to get his hands on a medal at […]

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DEBATE – Is Lottery funding being spent on the right things?

Since its introduction in 1997, National Lottery funding has seen hundreds of millions of pounds ploughed into elite sport in the UK, with Team GB reaping the benefits at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With ever increasing medal tallies reaching a new high in Rio, much has been made of where this money should really […]

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The Paralympics and ‘Inspiration Porn’

The surprise success of the 2016 Paralympic games have given athletics enthusiasts an eleven-day patchwork blanket of enthralling sporting action. Packed with twists and turns enough to drive even the stuffiest of great aunts to the edge of their rockers, the games have been an unexpected triumph, with tickets selling well past the pessimistic figures […]