Tri­umphant story of a Par­a­lympian

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I WAS pleased to read that Par­a­lympic Eal­ing fencer Dim­itri Coutya [Gazette] seemed to en­joy rep­re­sent­ing his coun­try so much in Rio 2016 Par­a­lympics.

It’s not just about medals ta­bles but hav­ing had to over­come so many ob­sta­cles in life, sim­ply be­ing there rep­re­sent­ing their coun­tries in their cho­sen sports was a tri­umph in it­self es­pe­cially as even trav­el­ling to these venues can pose chal­lenges for many.

Then the Par­a­lympics/Olympics unit­ing for cel­e­bra­tory pa­rades in Manch­ester and Lon­don shows that they are fi­nally start­ing to be recog­nised for their sport­ing suc­cess and not their dis­abil­i­ties.

De­spite them in­spir­ing oth­ers there is sadly still a lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties for those with phys­i­cal or learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to try new sports de­spite the fact that most sports can be made ac­ces­si­ble to dis­abled with the cor­rect equip­ment and train­ing from qual­i­fied coaches. MISS TERESA CAMP­BELL Fairdale Gar­dens Hayes

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