The start of the Winter Paralympics is a cause for celebration, as we wish our athletes well in the world’s greatest festival of winter sport. Our very own ‘olympics’, the National Indoor Games 2018, takes place in Leicester from 16-18 March. While we cannot compete with 600 athletes across 80 events, we do share great commonality; not least some amazing human stories.
The great power of sporting events is their ability to inspire us to do more and better, and delivering superb accessibility at celebrated sporting events is essential. Mayor of PyeongChang Paralympic Village, Park Eun-Soo, is a Polio survivor, so his knowledge of disabled sport will ensure the athletes want for nothing and the Paralympics can inspire all of us to do the same for accessibility, right here in the UK.
There are sadly no medals for accessibility, yet millions will be winners if we can change the current situation for the better – grateful some had the foresight to campaign for change in the face of an ageing population. The British Polio Fellowship has been fighting for better representation for those who have had Polio – and for those with accessibility challenges in general – for nearly 80 years. 120,000 people in the UK with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) is testament to the need for our existence for many years to come. Visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935 to find out why.
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship