One of the guiding principles of the Olympics is the importance of participation as opposed to winning.
‘The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well,’ said the father of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
Paralympians are living examples of people who have triumphed over adversity and ‘fought well’.
Every Paralympian has an inspirational story to tell. Most people would be impressed and inspired by the sight of an athlete with missing limbs sprinting faster than most able-bodied people.
Read inspiring stories from Paralympians:
- David Weir
- Sarah Storey
- Ian Rose
- David Roberts.
The British Paralympic Association (BPA) hopes that the London 2012 Games will continue to inspire disabled people of all ages to take up sport, either competitively or for its health benefits.
The BPA’s Parasport website aims to increase participation in disability sport by directing people to suitable sports, opportunities, clubs and facilities ...
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