WEEK 2 SEPTEMBER 2012
Oscar Pistorius, Olympic and Paralympic runner
Ade Adepitan, Paralympic Medallist and TV Commentator
Those who admire, respect and are inspired by the magnificent feats of athletes with a disability might reflect on folk who show as much courage, determination and perseverance in their daily personal and professional lives.
Never mind the medal honour, putting on the gold and green hoody – I can’t explain, unless you’ve represented your country, the honour. The messages from the young kids that I get saying ‘You’ve inspired me, I can do whatever I want to now’ – those are the things that really matter.
Erik Horrie (ASM1x) – Australia – Silver, Rowing
The Paralympics has lifted the cloud of limitations.
Emily, Games Maker
The Games have shown that people can adapt and overcome anything. I’m not for a moment suggesting that everyone who sustains a spinal cord injury or undergoes an amputation should aspire to compete in a Paralympic event,” he said, “but those athletes are proof that with determination, focus and in many cases sheer strength of will, living with a serious injury can still result in a long and richly fulfilling life.
Jonathan Fogerty, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Spinal Injuries Association, UK
Be Inspired. Challenge yourself to greatness.