Following the London Paralympics

I am really enjoying the London Paralympics.

I like the atmosphere created by the ABC’s coverage of the Games. I am very impressed by the quality of the official Paralympic Games website.

The Conversation has a section dedicated to the Games.

Overnight I read Senator Kate Lundy’s blog post about Capturing Paralympic History. Senator Lundy is the Australian Federal Minister of Sport.

Kate linked to the Wikipedia information page about the History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia and the National Library of Australia’s Oral History Project.

One of the HOPAU Wikipedians, Greg Blood, is updating the following pages during the Games:

Laura Hale is working very hard as a Wikinews reporter at the Games. She has produced a large number of posts including Did You Know? insights. Her most recent post is an interview with Trischa Zorn, the most decorated Paralympian of all time (55 medals, 46 of them gold, earned between 1980 and 2004).

I am keen to read Stella Young’s views of the Games. Her first post concludes with her observation that “I’m here in London for a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to really immersing myself in London life while I bring you some news from the Paralympics. So far, it’s rather agreeing with me!”

I hope to read more of John Kessel’s posts too. This morning I received an alert to his Missing John Armuth post. I thought it was beautifully written and moving.

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Opening Ceremony (Laura Hale)

Freedom Wheelchair

Last December I wrote about a wonderful scheme called Freedom Wheels.

I have been thinking a lot about the possibilities afforded by the scheme.

To my great delight I heard about a different set of freedom wheels this morning.

Stella Young was a guest on Radio National’s Life Matters program. The Life Matters website has a podcast of the interview with the great title A Wheelchair Named Desire.

Stella has had the same wheelchair for seventeen years “but it is not without regret that she must let it go for a new one”. In the interview she speaks about her personal relationship to her wheelchair and what it means for those who need wheelchairs to have adequate care and funding”.

The interview was a wonderfully clear sharing of the freedom wheelchairs offer to their owners and a daunting discussion about the affordability of the technology that makes such freedom possible.

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Ramp Up website