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

by on November 3, 2013

Beyond Paralympic gold, what about disability sport at the grassroots?

Observations on An Enabled Life - Simon Darcy Cosmopolitan Civil Societies (CCS) Research Centre

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The Australian Steelers celebrate a gold medal after beating Canada in the men’s wheelchair rugby final. Kerim Okten/EPA

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?

The Australian team performed brilliantly, coming fifth internationally, with a total of 85 medals on the official medal count, behind the world sporting powerhouses of China (231), Great Britain (120), the Russian Federation (102) and the Ukraine (84, but with one more silver than Australia).

Individually there were a number of standout performances, with Jacqueline Freneybringing her eight gold medals in the S7 swimming.

Evan O’Hanlon celebrates winning gold following the men’s 200m – T38 final. EPA/Tal Cohen
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Who would have thought somebody would have equalled or outshone…

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