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Category: Disability and sport

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Paralympian Olivia Breen dismayed after being told sprint briefs ‘too short’

• Female official made comment at English Championships• ‘Would a male competitor would be similarly criticised?’The double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen says she was left speechless and outraged after being told that her competition briefs we…

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Paralympian Olivia Breen dismayed after being told sprint briefs ‘too short’

• Female official made comment at English Championships• ‘Would a male competitor would be similarly criticised?’The double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen says she was left speechless and outraged after being told that her competition briefs we…

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Azeem Amir inspires as FA Disability Cup finals return after Covid break

England international aims to ensure Merseyside retain Blind Cup trophy in festival of disabled football at St George’s ParkAzeem Amir is the sort of person who finds solutions while others are still talking about problems. On Sunday the 22-year-old En…

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Surf’s up: Bristol hosts English Adaptive Surfing Open – in pictures

The fifth edition of the English Adaptive Surfing Open took place at The Wave, an inland surfing lake on the outskirts of Bristol last week. The event sees some of the world’s best para-surfers compete in a range of categories. The British adaptive su…

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Team GB reveal lots of work needed to ensure athlete safety at Paralympics

Athletes heading to the unknown in terms of training set-upParalympics opening ceremony in Tokyo due in 62 daysTeam GB preparations for the Paralympic Games are still being revised on a week-to-week basis, with “an awful lot of work still to do” to mak…

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Team GB reveal lots of work needed to ensure athlete safety at Paralympics

Athletes heading to the unknown in terms of training set-upParalympics opening ceremony in Tokyo due in 62 daysTeam GB preparations for the Paralympic Games are still being revised on a week-to-week basis, with “an awful lot of work still to do” to mak…

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Team GB reveal lots of work needed to ensure athlete safety at Paralympics

Athletes heading to the unknown in terms of training set-upParalympics opening ceremony in Tokyo due in 62 daysTeam GB preparations for the Paralympic Games are still being revised on a week-to-week basis, with “an awful lot of work still to do” to mak…

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Former NFL player to take charge of GB Wheelchair Rugby in Tokyo

Jason Brisbane is a former American football linebacker Team ranked fourth in world with hopes of Paralympic medalA former American football linebacker is to take charge of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, in what those within the sport hope will be a y…

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The Guardian view on the Tokyo Olympics: must the show go on?

With coronavirus surging in Japan and internationally, this summer’s Games are a risky prospectAs coronavirus swept the globe last spring, Japan portrayed the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until this summer as an opportunity as wel…

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Matt Crossen had a stroke in 2013. He is now an England football captain

Crossen had to learn how to walk and talk after his stroke. He kept going and now captains the England cerebral palsy teamBy Harry De Cosemo for The Set PiecesMatt Crossen’s life turned upside down on 13 November 2013. He was a 23-year-old semi-profess…

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Leading Paralympian says lockdown needs of disabled people ignored

Physical activity among has fallen for vulnerable groupsSophie Carrigill: ‘I know we are surrounded by inequality’The fitness industry and online influencers are ignoring the needs of disabled people during lockdown, according to one leading Paralympia…

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Adam Hills: ‘Tacklers know which foot I’ll step with – only one works’

The Australian comic has found physical disability rugby league with Warrington and hopes to appear in a world cup next yearAdam Hills will not do stand-up gigs on a Tuesday night. Some time ago, he told his agent to stop booking them. Instead, every T…

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Disabled people facing drop-off in activity as well as threat of Covid

Sport England statistics show fall in disabled people exercisingActivity Alliance calls for change in thinking on inclusivityDisabled people face a two-pronged health risk from the Covid-19 pandemic, campaigners have warned, with the immediate danger o…

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FA under fire for new diversity code that excludes disabled people

• Disabled Rights UK says omission ‘isn’t surprising’• FA now claims code is a ‘starting point’ to be revisitedThe Football Association’s Football Leadership Diversity Code sends the message “it is OK to exclude disabled people”, a leading advocacy gro…

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‘Hawaii, Bristol, it’s just as fun’: world’s top adaptive surfers take to The Wave

English Adaptive Surfing Open is now in its fourth year and the sport’s leaders are targeting ParalympicsThe rain pelted down and the wind swept in but Bruno Hansen, one of the world’s leading adaptive surfers, didn’t mind a bit.After his training sess…

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Jean-Baptiste Alaize: ‘I run to survive. That is my destiny’

When the Paralympian was three he lost his mother, and his right leg, to a machete attack in Burundi’s civil war. He reveals how he outran his trauma and is about to star in a documentaryFrench Paralympian Jean-Baptiste Alaize has flown in to Paris fro…

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Rising Phoenix: official trailer for Paralympics documentary – video

An exclusive first look at the Paralympics documentary Rising Phoenix, which will be launching on Netflix on 26 August. The film focuses on the history of the movement and the unbelievable stories of its athletes, featuring interviews with elite compet…

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Paralympic athletes left in limbo over blind classification rules

UK’s B4 level not recognised by the Paralympic movementKarina Lang and Adam Knott call for more inclusive approachVisually impaired athletes say they are being left in limbo by a classification system that means many who are registered disabled are not…

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Wheelchair basketballer considers leg amputation for Paralympic eligibility

Britain’s George Bates seriously considering measureBates has been told he does not meet new Games criteriaGreat Britain wheelchair basketball player George Bates is giving serious consideration to having his leg amputated so he can compete with the te…

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‘I was lucky to make it out the orphanage’: Oksana Masters’ extraordinary journey

Given up for adoption in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, the Ukrainian-born American has gone on to win medals at the summer and winter ParalympicsThe home gym is built out, Netflix and Hulu have been trawled to their depths, and Paralympic champio…