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10 Amazing Paralympic Athletes to Follow

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7. 38-year-old Canadian Michele Stilwell, a quadriplegic, beat her own Paralympic gold medal record in the women’s T52 200 meters in wheelchair racing by two seconds on Saturday. She, her husband Mark and their 11-year-old son Kai, who is autistic, moved to Australia for three months in the winter so Stilwell could train before the Paralympics. As she says in the CBC, “It was a huge sacrifice we’ve all made to make it happen.”

8. 39-year-old Martine Wright, who lost both her legs in the July 7, 2005, bombing in the London subway, wears the no. 7 on her jersey as a member of Britain’s sitting volleyball team. She’s now a mother and has also learned to ski and fly; among her teammates is a British soldier who lost both legs fighting in Iraq. As Wright says of the loss of her legs, “It’s such a negative thing that happened in my life. But I’ve gained something so positive. It’s a miracle in itself.”

9. 31-year-old Nyree Kindred, who has cerebral palsy, won a silver medal in the S6 100 meters backstroke. It was the tenth medal the British swimmer has won at the Paralympics and especially meaningful as her daughter Ella, who was born a year ago, was watching.

10. Or rather, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 as sitting volleyball teams are made up of six athletes. Rwanda sent the first team ever from sub-Saharan Africa; the team was created by two athletes who had “lost limbs fighting on the opposite sides of their country’s bloody genocide,” says the Guardian. The team lost 25-13 to Brazil. As one of its founders, Dominique Bizimana, an ethnic Tutsi, said: “I’m the happiest man in my country because in the beginning when we started nobody was listening. Now every attention is on the Paralympics.”

 

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1:04AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

for me, I for one can't not see anything amazing about the Paralympic's sends out the wrong message to Governments in relation to the Disabled people who are unable to work and pay their own way,

1000's of disabled people in the UK are have their benefits stop and force into work by the British Government, this to me is not amazing more of a disgrace and needs to be stop now, I am a great believe in fair play,

the British Government now will use these Paralympic's to Harass the disable people in the UK in doing something that they know full well they can't so ask yourselves is it right and is it just, my answer to this is NO.

every disabled person in the UK have a right to benefits and be paid such benefit, I believe that this right is now been taken away as the Government expects the disable person be like a Paralympic Athletes if they can do it, so can you, this what the British Government will say now to a disabled person in the UK. not so amazing as yourselves think.

4:48AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Amazing people!Congrats!

9:54AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Great games, truly amazing!

5:40AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing, it was an amazing games

4:51PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Watched the Para Olympics. They are amazing people. What we take for granted they have to work really hard for.It makes you feel just how lucky one is. God Bless them all.

1:26PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks

3:03AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Go guys go!

Thanks for giving the world an exemple !

1:46AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Amazing heroes!

5:48PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

wow

12:25PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Truly inspiring. Thanks for the article.

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