It’s 2016, which means we are only months away from one of the biggest celebrations of disability sport, the Paralympics!
The London 2012 Games drastically changed perceptions of disability sport, so we can only imagine what lays in store for us with the Rio Paralympics.
Georgie Bullen, our director and member of the GB Women’s Goalball team, has fond memories of competing in the Copper Box during the Paralympics, “we were used to competing in empty sports arenas, so it came as quite a shock to walk out for our first game and have thousands of people willing us on to win”, she says “Not only was the level of support amazing, but it was the first time I really felt we were taken seriously as athletes, until then it had always seemed like people thought ‘Oh bless them, they’re giving it a go’, London really did change attitudes”. Although it is unlikely that Georgie, and the rest of the GB Women’s team, will be at Rio as they are the ‘official Reserves’, Georgie says “I really can’t wait for the Games, it’s just such an inspiring display of disability sport”.
With a little over 200 days until the Rio Paralympics, we are all buzzing with excitement to see what will be achieved by Paralympics GB and we hope you all become inspired to give Paralympic sport a go!