Active Ambassador Phoebe Gibbons: What the Tokyo Paralympics mean to me

Active Ambassador Phoebe Gibbons: What the Tokyo Paralympics mean to me

Posted: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:43

Active Ambassador Phoebe Gibbons: What the Tokyo Paralympics mean to me

Active Ambassador Phoebe Gibbons: What the Tokyo Paralympics mean to me

We're pleased to share another fantastic, thought-provoking blog on the importance of the Paralympic Games from Active Ambassador Phoebe Gibbons:

The Paralympics bring mixed thoughts for me. On the one hand I am in awe of these athletes, going to the represent their country because they are amongst the best at what they do. People like Ellie Symmonds have always been a great source of inspiration for me, but not because they are disabled but just because they are achieving what they want to in life and are pushing themselves.

On the other hand, it makes me question why there is such little provision for disabled sports, particularly in certain areas. It is clear that there are disabled people out there with skill and talent, but we are missing some of these people due to the lack of opportunity. I also think that sometimes, because we do not see enough disabled sport at grassroots or even at a professional level, disabled people think that the choice is either be good enough to be at the Paralympics or not be good enough at all. We need to use the games as a platform to continue to grow the opportunities that have been created out of the 2012 games, but to also evaluate in what areas there is a lack of opportunity and how this can be addressed.

Sport and physical activity, at whatever level, should be first and foremost fun and then the benefits that follow are proven to be positive on so many levels. The Paralympics means a great deal to me, it highlights how far we've come but also highlights how far we have to go.

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