Disability Sports Everywhere!
Every athlete should have the right to compete, regardless of race, gender, age, sexuality or disability. Post the London 2012 Olympics there was meant to be a legacy of sports, yet the numbers of people getting involved in disability sport have dropped.
One positive is that disability sports have finally been included at BUCS (British University Championships) outdoor competitions, yet it is still not included at the indoor championships!
Why is this?
One of the main difficulties with holding competitions for disabled athletes is that there simply aren’t enough people. We need to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in sport from an early age, more support needs to be given to mainstream schools so they can support disabled students. It’s a sad fact that unless you go to a specialist schools you unlikely to hear about the opportunities available.
I want more people to get involved in disability sports, especially those like myself from disadvantaged backgrounds. There needs to be greater support for disabled athletes and more competitions so that they are not just racing against able bodied athletes.
Disabled athletes train just as hard as their able-bodied counterparts if not harder; they should also have the right to compete! It is a proud moment for any athlete to step onto the track or field and represent their university, and it doesn't matter whether they come first or last. For many disabled athletes, they were told they would never do the things they are doing. 18 years ago they told me I would never walk and now I run.
Support disability sports, and give them the opportunity, EVERY ATHLETE HAS THE RIGHT TO COMPETE! Help to bring equality to sports.
Please also read my blog: http://www.lssportstherapy.co.uk/category/blog/