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Feature: UCL debates Olympic ideals

Published: 5 July, 2012

Should Paralympic sports be included within the Olympic Games, with some sports open to both Olympian and Paralympian athletes?

Or is the distinctiveness of Paralympian athletes  something to be celebrated and the separation maintained?

A free public event on August 13 organised by University College London promises a lively discussion on these timely questions.

Panellists include:

Dr P David Howe, former Canadian Paralympian and senior lecturer in anthropology of sport at Loughborough University; Professor Nora Groce, director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre; and Mark Dyer, Accessible Transport Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority.

• Why do we hold separate Paralympic and Olympic events? Monday August 13, 6.30-9pm, The Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU, Lecture followed by drinks reception. Free event: register online at and follow links to Exercise Your Brain. Further information from Catherine Dean: email or call 020 3108 3838.


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