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18:30 - 21:00 13 August 2012
Why do we hold separate Paralympic and Olympic events?
The Beveridge Hall |
Malet Street | London | WC1E 7HU |
Dr P David Howe, UCL Alum, Former Paralympian, and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Sport, Loughborough University
Prof Nora Groce, Director, UCL Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre
Mark Dyer, Accessible Transport Manager, London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority
Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Channel 4
Why should a Paralympian be different from an Olympian? It has been argued that Paralympic sports should be included within the Olympic Games, with some sports open to both Olympian and Paralympian athletes. On the other hand, perhaps the distinctiveness of Paralympian athletes is something to be celebrated and the separation should be maintained. This panel discussion, chaired by Professor Nick Tyler CBE (UCL Civil Engineering) discusses whether we should incorporate the two events into a single Olympic Games which is open to all.
The panellists are: Dr P David Howe, former Paralympian and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Sport at Loughborough University; Prof Nora Groce, Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre; Mark Dyer, Accessible Transport Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority; and Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Channel 4.
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