In 1948, Sir Ludwig Guttmann organized in Stoke Mandeville, England, a sports competition for World War II veterans with spinal cord injuries. Four years later, Dutch competitors joined the competition. The international movement known today as the Paralympic Movement was born.
Games were organized on the model of the Olympic Games. Then the 1960 Paralympic Summer Games were the first Paralympic Games in history. They were held in Rome from 18 to 25 September 1960 for athletes with disabilities. In Toronto in 1976, other categories of disability were added and the idea of bringing together different groups of disabled people in international sports competitions was born. In the same year the first Paralympic Winter Games were held in Sweden. That’s how it began.
And gave birth to a lot of passions. For these athletes sport and competition is something they cannot do without, the Paralympic games allow them to do this despite their disabilities.
Paralympians inspire many people with and without disabilities.
His athletes are proof that disability cannot stop us from doing what we are passionate about.
One of the most popular Paralympic sports, athletics was one of the firsts to be included in the Paralympic Games program in Rome in 1960. It gathers the largest number of athletes and events: track races except for hedge races, jumps except for the pole, throws except for the hammer, and finally, road races from 10 Km to marathon.
The athlete I’m most impressed with is Marie-Amélie Le Fur is a French disabled athlete born on September 26, 1988, in Vendôme (Loir-et-Cher).
A disabled athlete, she holds eight medals at the Paralympic Games: two silver medals at the Beijing Games, three medals at the London Games and three medals, including two gold medals at the Rio Games. His record is also completed by twelve world medals, including four championship titles.
She has been practicing athletics since the age of 6 and wanted to become a professional firefighter, but following a scooter accident on March 31, 2004, she was amputated from her left leg below the knee. However, it begins again to run four months to the day on July 31, 2004. (Wikipedia)
She is one of the athletes who impress me the most, after an accident losing her leg did not prevent her from running are people who are not put forward enough for their potentials.
She is a determined athlete like everyone else, and what impresses me about the Paralympic Games is how they overcome their handicap in such a way that it no longer exists in sport. One thing is on they are not highlighted enough.