We can’t believe it’s all over! Sadly, the London 2012 Paralympic Games are now finished, but we thought we’d take the opportunity to highlight one last bit of great coverage from the games. Regular readers of our blog may remember that RESULTS UK staff and campaigners were out in force the other week to cheer on our disability champion and Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike as she carried the Paralympic torch through London’s streets.
You might also remember that Ann was accompanied by several other great Kenyans, including one Fred Ouko. Fred is the 29 year old Director of ANDY (Action Network for the Disabled, a Kenyan organisation that our new Campaigns Manager Dan worked with in his previous job).
Fred was chosen to carry the Paralympic torch because of the way he and his colleagues use the power of sport to change the lives of young people with disabilities in Kenya. In this brilliant blog for The Guardian website, he describes the reality of the prejudice and scorn which disabled people in Kenya still have to overcome – and the crucial value of education in changing attitudes.
As Seb Coe said in his closing ceremony speech last night, thanks to the Paralympics, “We will never think of disability in the same way again“. Let’s all play our part in ensuring that this is the games’ legacy across the world.