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All hail our magnificent Paralympians!

by luckyoldme (U3888853) 16 September 2008
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After a magnificent Paralympic games, every bit as captivating and, if anythng, even more awe inspiring than the Olympics, I salute every single one of our Paralympians who have reminded me of three things:

Firstly, that any adversity can be overcome if you're prepared to work at it.

Secondly, that ability plus belief brings success - and when you have slightly less of the former, you just need to apply more of the latter to succeed.

Thirdly, that there is still room for sportsmanship and a smile, win or lose and that competition, and the respect and comradeship that goes with it, is to be enjoyed.

I was moved by their positivity, courage, tenacity, humility and sheer love of life and I didn't hear one defeatist or unsportsmanlike comment, or one person who wasn't aiming higher for 2012.

We can learn a helluva lot from these magnificent people.
If I was going into battle I'd want these guys on my side every time.

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posted Sep 18, 2008

fantastic results for all GB paralympians. Every single one of them should be proud of themselves.

Theyve made their country proud!

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posted Sep 18, 2008

Well done to all our paralympians and the support as well. What impressed me much more about the Paralympics was that everyone seemed to grow from competing whether or not they won a medal. Much more the true olympic spirit in evidence.
That said I trust that the paralympians are also going to Buckingham Palace

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posted Sep 18, 2008

They are all an absolute credit to this country and I would love it if an athlete from the Paralympics was to walk off with the Sports Person of the Year award. There is, in all honesty, a great deal of competition this year with the Olympics and the team's astonishing display, but I commend the BBC for its online and TV coverage.

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posted Sep 18, 2008

Absolutely brilliant, we can be very proud of what the GB Paralympic team has achieved, undoubtedly the result of years of hard work, sacrifice and determination. A true credit to this country and their achievements should be celebrated

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posted Sep 19, 2008

Although the coverage of the event was excellent, why oh why did the BBC not put out a special report on the homecoming the way they did for the Olympians - are some athletes still "second class citizens"?

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posted Sep 19, 2008

are some athletes still "second class citizens"?
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I don't see so called lack of coverage as treating people as ''second class citizens''.

I think the reason paralympic competitors get less coverage than mainstream olympians in bcause the standard of competition is higher at mainstream Olympics.

It's the same way the Ryder Cup golf event will get more coverage than my local golf clubs events this weekend. Harrington, Mickleson and co get more attention than the average 'club player' because they reach higher standards.

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comment by And (U1866223)

posted Sep 19, 2008

For those of you without the red button, but with Broadband and halfway decent PCs, don't forget that lots of coverage is still on iPlayer. My PC is very average but plays it fine, I was at work this week but caught all the closing ceremony on iPlayer at home.

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comment by boowoo (U13169759)

posted Sep 20, 2008

I hope that the paralympic competitors get the attention that they all deserve. Just has much as the GB team got for the Olympics. To finish 2nd in the medal table is a fantastic achievement and I take my hat off to everyone of them.

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posted Sep 24, 2008

Fantastic performance, hopefully this should kick the government into touch and prove that sport is well worth funding, it's about time we give back to our athletes for all of the time and effort that that put in.

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posted Feb 26, 2009

Finishing as high as second given our population really was a superb effort.

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