‘Share the dream’ – the Games that celebrated disability sports

The 2018 Commonwealth Games was the most inclusive sporting event ever held, with 38 para medal events woven into the schedule alongside able-bodied events. Our photographer Carly Earl met several of the stars

“Australia made it the best,” says 15-year-old para athlete Kailyn Joseph of her Commonwealth Games experience. The Australian long-jumper, who has cerebral palsy, was one of an unprecedented number of athletes with disability who competed at the Games on the Gold Coast – there were nearly 300 in total, 73% more than in Glasgow four years ago.

She is beaming with positivity, and not simply because she won her T37 class. At the Commonwealth Games she has felt a sense of inclusivity and support like nowhere else in sport.

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