Be inspired and get involved.
ParalympicsGB had a hugely successful Rio 2016 Games, winning an outstanding 147 medals, (including 64 golds) and securing second place in the medal table. As if that wasn’t enough, in amongst those medals the team also set an amazing 49 Paralympic and 27 World records!
All that success, however, would not be possible without people like you getting involved in Parasport. One of the four Paralympic Values is ‘Inspiration’, a value that involves not only the great examples of Paralympic champions, but also those watching at home who are motivated to go faster, get stronger, or just try something new. Indeed, many of ParalympicsGB’s starring athletes started their sporting careers after taking inspiration from a previous Games. Jonnie Peacock, for instance, dived into sport after watching the Beijing 2008 Paralympics on TV. The following autumn he came along to a BPA Talent Day in Mile End and the rest, as they say, is history! Similarly, Gold-medallist Ellie Robinson was just 11 years old when she watched Ellie Simmons in the pool at London 2012 and was talent spotted later that year. Four years later, and Ellie now has two Paralympic Medals to take back to her school in Northampton!
Inspired, but don’t know where to start?
Run by the British Paralympic Association with their sponsor Deloitte, Deloitte Parasport aims to inspire, inform, and direct disabled people into sporting opportunities. Using the sites ‘Find a Sport’ or ‘Find a Club’ search functions, you can discover both the best sport(s) for you and where to play them! If you are already involved in Parasport, you can also register your club on the site to encourage more people to get involved. Whether you want to progress to the next level in a sport, or try something completely new, then the BPA wants to hear from you!