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It’s time for athletes of all abilities to compete in one event. EPA/Andy Rain

Come together: the Olympics and Paralympics should unite

It was painful to see the Olympic rings taken down from London Bridge after the Olympics only to be replaced by the Paralympics emblem (the three agitos). Aside from the fact this emblem was not chosen…
The Australian Steelers celebrate a gold medal after beating Canada in the men’s wheelchair rugby final. Kerim Okten/EPA

Beyond the Paralympics: where to for disability sport in Australia?

As the bright lights of the London 2012 Paralympic Games begin to dim, and as the media focus diverts back to everyday life, we’re left with a pertinent question: where to now for disability sport in Australia…
A gold medal in women’s goalball was one of China’s 231 medals in just 11 days of competition. EPA/Gerry Penny

The Great Haul of China: Paralympic success by the numbers

China dominated the medal table at the London Paralympic Games, cementing its position as the world’s leading Paralympics nation. In fact, China has topped the medal table at each of the past three Paralympic…
Research in cerebral palsy has historically lagged behind other medical areas. EPA/Kerim Okten

Explainer: what is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability, affecting 35,000 Australians, or one in 500 people. It is estimated that one Australian child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours. We…
A lack of knee joints in his prosthetic legs means Whitehead runs with a swinging gait. EPA/Kerim Okten

Crossing the line: are Richard Whitehead’s moves illegal?

The participation of Oscar Pistorius at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics has been, at times, controversial. Yet technology used by above-the-knee amputees is also causing a stir at London 2012…
The links between the military and disability sport are being cast anew. Corporal Jamie Osborne, Department of Defence

The military and the modern Paralympic movement

In the past five or six years there has been a marked increase in the overt use of disability sport in the rehabilitation of soldiers injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – which, in a sense, is…
Matt Stutzman from the USA won silver in the men’s individual compound open at the London Paralympics. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Success in Paralympic archery is a matter of millimetres

The accuracy obtained by top-level archers – at both the Olympics and Paralympics – using modern archery equipment would astonish most non-archers. Archer’s stand or sit 70m away from a target which has…
British Prime Minister David Cameron with a Paralympic athlete in London this year. EPA/Andy Rain

Why would you DO that? Faking disability at the Paralympics

People pretending to be disabled in order to compete in the Paralympics or Special Olympics is the fodder of many a bad-taste joke. There have even been movies such as The Ringer and an episode of South…

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