Olympic and Paralympic Values: Courage week

On Wednesday 4 July, we will be running two live discussions around the Olympic Value of 'courage'.

Joining us for our second discussion at 1400 BST are some special guests who have demonstrated courage in their lives.

You can submit questions to them by emailing worldclass@bbc.co.uk, or join us at 0900 BST for the first of our live debates.

Reg and Sheila Sargeant

Both Reg and Sheila are survivors of polio, and met at the Polio Fellowship in Islington, London, in the 1950s. They married two years later, and have been together ever since.

Reg contracted polio in 1934 at the age of two, and after spending three years in plaster, has used full-length callipers (walking aids) his entire life.

Reg was sent to a disabled school for boys during the Second World War in Kent, where the students would pass the time collecting shrapnel (metal fragments) from the bombs that exploded above their heads.

Sheila contracted polio in Ireland at the age of 12, and spent a year in isolation in hospital. While she was allowed short visits from her parents, the rules at the time prevent siblings visiting her, so she saw none of her three brothers and two sisters for over a year.

Sheila was told some of her muscles, particularly in her legs, would never work properly again. But on returning home, her desire for independence and natural love of exercise drove her forward.

After learning how to ride a bike again, cycling became a large part of her life. She became a proficient table-tennis player and competitive swimmer - in the latter discipline, she missed out on qualification for the Paralympic Games by the narrowest of margins.

Anne Strike

Anne was the first Wheelchair Racer from East Africa to participate in the Paralympic Games - representing Kenya in Athens Paralympic Games in 2004.

Despite having lived with the effects of polio for most of her life and subsequently developing Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), Anne hasn't let them stand in her way.

She is a qualified teacher, wife and mother to a son, Timothy, who is ten years old.

Anne in action! (right) Anne in action! (right)

As a child Anne says it was tough not being able to play and run around like other children, but once she was provided with callipers, things got a little better.

"Over time I regained some of the strength in my upper body and was able to use my arms. I studied hard and qualified as a teacher, a job I really enjoyed.

"I went on to meet my future husband who was volunteering in Kenya and in 2000, I moved to the UK. Our son Timothy was born the following year.

"I was the first ever person from East Africa to compete in the Paralympics as a wheelchair racer and that's something I am immensely proud of."

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