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Category: Disability and sport

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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…

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Paralympic rowing star Angela Madsen dies during solo crossing of Pacific

60-year-old was crossing from California to HawaiiMadsen was also a campaigner for disability and LBGT rightsAngela Madsen, whose remarkable life took in a spell in the Marines, a string of gold medals and record setting rowing journeys, has died while…

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Margaret Maughan obituary

First British Paralympic medallist who won four golds and two silvers across five GamesThere was a time when Margaret Maughan, who has died aged 91, would have bristled at any suggestion she might be sporty. “I was just no good at it,” she said. Little…

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Margaret Maughan obituary

First British Paralympic medallist who won four golds and two silvers across five GamesThere was a time when Margaret Maughan, who has died aged 91, would have bristled at any suggestion she might be sporty. “I was just no good at it,” she said. Little…

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Paralympics: wheelchair basketball risks exclusion in classification row

• Row over the classification of athletes’ impairments• The sport’s code must be changed by the end of MayWheelchair basketball faces a race against time to guarantee inclusion in the Paralympics, as a row over the classification of athletes’ impairmen…

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Ellie Simmonds: ‘Going into Rio, swimming for me had been life or death’

Having been pushed to the brink of retirement before the last Paralympics, the swimmer took a year out. Now, reunited with her old coach, she cannot wait for Tokyo“A lot of the time, when I swim, I close my eyes because it is definitely lonely,” Ellie …

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‘I hope we can inspire everyone’: women’s cerebral palsy football on the rise | Samantha Lewis

Two strokes at the age of 21 didn’t stop Nicole Christodoulou dreaming of playing football at the highest level. Thanks to the rapid rise of women’s cerebral palsy football, that dream is still well and truly aliveWhen Nicole Christodoulou was growing …

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Hollie Arnold and Jonathan Broom-Edwards win World Para-Athletics gold

• Arnold sets new record to defend women’s javelin F46 title• Broom-Edwards clears 2.02m to win T64 high jumpGreat Britain’s Hollie Arnold and Jonathan Broom-Edwards both won gold on day five of the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.Arnold se…

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‘I had settled for silver’: Hannah Cockcroft breaks T34 100m world record

• Briton seals 11th world title in record time of 16.79• Team-mate Adenegan second in season’s best 17.49Hannah Cockcroft claimed a fifth consecutive T34 100m title with a stunning world-record time of 16.79 at the World Para-Athletics Championships in…

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‘Superhumans’ tag plays down the talent and dedication of disabled athletes | Jack Perry

The World Para-Athletics Championships start on Thursday but punchy branding during Rio 2016 inadvertently cast Paralympic athletes as freaks of sportTraining with the GB wheelchair basketball team, I have been on the receiving end of ridiculous skill …

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‘Superhumans’ tag plays down the talent and dedication of disabled athletes | Jack Perry

The World Para-Athletics Championships start on Thursday but punchy branding during Rio 2016 inadvertently cast Paralympic athletes as freaks of sportTraining with the GB wheelchair basketball team, I have been on the receiving end of ridiculous skill …

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Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort ends her life in Belgium

Vervoort was a strong advocate of the right to choose euthanasiaShe suffered from an an incurable, degenerative spinal diseaseParalympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life….

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‘It’s given me so much confidence’: disability football scheme brings joy to Tottenham

A Premier League initiative is embracing thousands of young people across 28 clubs. Players and a coach share their storiesIt is a roasting hot summer’s day and a corner of Tottenham’s training ground is teeming with hundreds of young people sporting t…