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    Posted September 2, 2012 by
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    What do the Paralympics mean to you?

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    What do the Paralympics mean to me?

    As a retail vendor for, The Big Issue, in Bath, United Kingdom. This week the magazine has covered the paralympics 2012. One individual in particular who is featured in this weeks mag is, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain’s most successful Paralympian. She is disabled and says that people are being “ghettoized” and prevented from taking part in sport and fitness.

    She speaks about her excitement for the Paralympics in the days before the games begun. I personally hope for unprecedented interest in the games and also want people to help themselves with interest to lead to wider changes in Britains views on the Paralympian Games.

    “Disabled people should be able to go to any club or gym and join in,” she has said to, The Big Issue.

    “At the moment disabled people are still sort of sent to certain places. They have a Saturday morning club rather than being integrated. For some people that’s appropriate, but not for everybody, so I’d like to see more integration.”

    The former wheelchair racer, winner of 11 golds at four consecutive games, also hopes the Paralympics may shift social attitudes more generally.

    Disabled individuals should not be ghettoized, forgotten about as there is still a lot of discrimination in GB.

    The Paralympics allows people to understand a bit more about the realities of being a disabled bodied person. At the moment the portrayal of disabled people means either athletes competing or work-shy benefit scroungers. There’s a whole load of stuff disabled people are capable of and the media doesn’t show that much.

    I believe youngsters that do sport are less likely to get in to trouble. Girls who do sport are less likely to be teenage mums and these are all the things we say we want in our society in Great Britain.

    Read more from Sebastian Coe, Ade Adepitan and the British athletes competing in this year’s Paralympics in the new Big Issue, on the streets Monday August 27.
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