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Where next for disabled athletes?


canarieslover
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The media and politicians are so full of enthusiasm, but will it just peter out? I would like to think that there will be support by way of publicity and televising some of their world championship rounds. Is it likely to happen or will the next appearance on television be the wheelchair racers at the London Marathon? Obviously not all of the events at the Paralympics made for compulsive viewing but the same could equally be said of some of the Olympic events. I thought there were enough events that did provide excellent viewing and that these would deserve some sort of follow-up. Unfortunately I don't have any confidence in the media or politicians pursuing it once the initial glow starts to wear off. I hope I'm proved wrong as watching the Paralympics was a bit of an eye opener for me. Their attitude to life, despite what it had dealt them, was absolutely outstanding and epitomised by Alex Zinardi whose interview at Brands Hatch was so positive and enthusiastic. To follow each day I found 'The Last Leg' became compulsive viewing because this attitude and humour shone through there. A few less talking heads and advert breaks during the day would have been nice, but at least we got to see quite a lot of the competitors.

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john bunyan

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Joseph Kerr

I fully agree with both your posts. I really wish this country's obsession with Soccer could be diluted into watching such far more worthy people than the over paid and over here Soccer players who are, on the whole, unsavoury role models IMHO. The Para and Olympians remind us of what true sport should be.

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I agree with bremner. In a relatively short time most of the people who enthusiastically cheered on the Olympians and Paralympians will have a job remembering any of the names.

TV will show the sport that brings the biggest audiences, and that will mostly be football, tennis, horse racing and F1 racing.

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namtas

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I agree that in a few months time most of us will not remember the names of the athletes who did us so proud, but that is not so important because the real value will not be in remembering names no matter how proud we are of them, but the feeling of what games have done for the UK and the fantastic uplift in status that they have given us in the world. The goodwill created and the feel good factor of these games will be remembered for a very long time. As a nation we have a tendency of disbelief and always talk ourselves down. We are a proud nation for once let us shower ourselves in success and say hey world beat that.

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Quickbeam

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...and it will take some beating, only a few weeks ago we wondered if we could succeed at all with the Olympic show.

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Aitchbee

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I noticed on a Saturday morning cookery show (BBC TV) that there was an olympic Gold medal winner appearing as a 'guest'. (She just seemed to stand about, while 3 other cooks made her a marvellous dinner.)

Sounds good to me!

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Aitchbee

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Many people with genuine physical and/or mental disabilities [who currently are receiving benefits] will have had their enthusiasm dampened by the 'Welfare Reforms' on the horizon.

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Fourm member

Note that I said TV, not BBC.

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Aitchbee

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fm said:-

The BBC keeps losing sports to people who are willing to pay more. All horse-racing is moving to Channel 4 shortly.

Is this the reason that Clare Balding has moved to Channel 4?

She was an 'anchor woman' recently covering the London 2012 Paralympics for C4.

The current Channel Four Racing Team (Francome;McCrirrick;Spencer;Thompson & company)will all be quaking in their 'racing' boots.

Clare could replace 'em all...no probs!

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Joseph Kerr

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Indeed they used the paralympics to trail horse racing on 4. I guess that speaks favourably about the viewing figures.

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Quickbeam

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Well that'll guarantee that all the WMC TVs will be tuned to C4 next year. Watch out for the advertising target to change to flat cap and carp rod ads:)

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