The Paralympic Games is a big sporting event for athletes with disabilities. It takes place just after the Olympics, every four years. The athletes compete in 20 different sports and are split into six different categories of disability which are; amputee, celebral palsy,intellectual disability, les autres, vision impaired and wheelchair. Around 4,000 athletes take part in the Paralympics from around the world. The London 2012 Paralympic Games will run from Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 9 September The whole idea of the Paralympics came from an English surgeon called Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who worked with people with spinal cord injuries. He realised that exercise and sports competition helped disabled patients lead healthy lives, so in 1948 Sir Guttmann organized the International Wheelchair Games which were held in London at the same time as the Olympic Games. Today the Paralympics are now the second largest international sporting event, ranking second only to the Olympics. My chosen Paralympian is Eleanor Simmonds who is a British Swimmer. Eleanor suffers from Achondroplasia which is a disorder that makes people short. Despite having a disorder she has gone on to win an outstanding 18 gold medals including two at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Eleanor’s daily routine starts with waking up at 5:30am and starting her training between 6:00am – 7:30am. After she finishes school she has more training between 3:30pm – 5:30pm. After dinner, she does her homework and prepares her kit and school bag for the next day, and then catches up with her friends online and watch TV before going to bed at 9:00pm.
Eleanor was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours at the age of 14 which made her the youngest person to receive an MBE. She received the honour from Queen Elizabeth II on 18 February 2009. She also won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in the same year.
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