Paralympic Games: Day 10

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'Murderball' captain Steve Brown on using his Paralympic experience to help future generations

The Paralympic Games are nearing their end, but there is no sign of any let-up in the enthusiasm of fans for an event which has exceeded all expectations.

One of the sports which has really captured the public's imagination is wheelchair rugby, or murderball, with its mixture of skill and physicality creating some memorable images of intensely competitive athletes being knocked to the floor.

Great Britain started with high hopes in the event, but a disappointing result against Japan on Friday has ended their chances of a medal. But the team, led by captain Steve Brown, are in action today against Belgium in the classification round and will still be roared on by a huge and passionate crowd.

School Reporters from the Isle of Sheppey Academy in Kent interviewed Brown before the Games got under way, and found out about he got involved in the sport - and his plans for the future.

Another 'star' of the Games - albeit in a slightly different context - has been 13-year-old School Reporter Charlie, who has reported on every single day of the Games for School Report.

On Friday he got the opportunity to attend the Olympic Park and see the action in the flesh, as well as discuss the Games with other journalists and media. As well as appearing in a live discussion on BBC Radio 5 live, Charlie also got the chance to interview Paralympic legend and BBC pundit Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson!

Charlie has written a special report about his special day, which you can read here.

"Doing this was a great experience and one that will stay with me forever," he wrote.

And of course lots of other School Reporters from all around the UK have been involved in reporting on different Paralympic sports and athletes and the Games give us another opportunity to showcase their work.


The ParalympicsGB wheelchair rugby team today take on Belgium in the classification rounds after missing out on a place in the semi-finals.

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Image caption Steve Brown was in action against Japan on Friday

Steve Brown, the captain of the team, spoke to School Reporters from Isle of Sheppey Academy about his story and how the sport has helped to give him a renewed sense of purpose after an accident while on holiday left him partially paralysed.

"All my dreams and ambitions and everything I thought I was going to do with my life all went out the window - almost to the point where my life didn't have any direction," he said.

"The biggest change now is making the most of everything and trying to reach my potential."

Now he hopes to use his skills as a leader to help young people discover their potential.

"I really enjoy working with young adults and helping with sport in schools. If I can take some of my life experience from before my injury, and the level of sport that I've played at now, and maybe get young people involved in activities, then that's something I'd really like to do," he added.

You can see the School Reporters' interview at the top of the page or by clicking here.


School Reporter Charlie from Hastings High School in Leicestershire has been reporting on every day of the Games for School Report.

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School Report pundit Charlie on BBC Radio 5 live

But Friday saw him get the chance to attend the Olympic Park for the first time, and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, appearing on BBC Radio 5 live and touring the Park.

Charlie, who said his favourite parts of the Games have been watching the wheelchair rugby and seeing GB athlete David Weir win the 5000m, has written a report about his day on location.

"When I arrived with my dad I just couldn't believe the size of the Park and amount of people walking around and in the crowds," he wrote.

"It was amazing to walk round and see the venues.

"I was invited to go on BBC Radio 5 Live to do a live interview on what I think about the Paralympic legacy. Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson was on the same show as me, which made it even better!"

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