Perched at the doorway of a helicopter that hovers above a near vertical drop. The door is wide open but you’re not scared, you are focused. That is because you’re about to jump. You have no parachute, just a snowboard attached to your feet and a faith in your ability to land it. Should you fall safely, the ride has just begun.
Dan West has been to four Paralympic Games and medalled on three occasions. He’s seen a significant transition in Paralympic sport over that period.
It’s a bit surreal to think I’ve started preparing for the competition that has been in the back of my mind for six-years, the competition that convinced me to keep going in 2009 and not have a hip replacement – It’s here and it starts now for me.
The London 2012 Games are a hot topic, and rightly so. But while the athletes and iconic venues attract a lot of attention, one less reported but similarly important aspect of the Games, is the skills strategy that was put in place to aid one of this country’s Gold-standard industries: the construction and built environment sector.
Scott Moorhouse was working in Telecommunications when his boss heard a radio promotion for a ParalympicsGB Talent Day in London and gave him the day off to go along. He’s now ranked second in the world in the F42 javelin with a lifetime best mark of 47.33m and has deferred his final year of university in Essex to focus on the London 2012 Paralympics.
Tomorrow will mark a year to go until the opening of the 2012 London Olympics.
Team GB will be going for a medal in the basketball tournament, although their preparations are perhaps not quite on track. Three of their players lost 20-18 to west coast rappers Snoop Dogg and Warren G and (taking a break from [...]
How far can you go, Great Britain? After losing to Belarus and Czech Republic in Group B of the Euro Basketball event in Poland, GB women can now look ahead with excitement after they brushed aside Israel 74-51 to progress to the qualifying stage. Britain’s got talent.
And skill. It looked so ominous for GB just [...]
There’s more to the Olympics and Paralympics than central London. Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver looks at some of the other venues benefiting from the Olympic effect.
Daily gossip from the world of celeb
A sea of blue and yellow erupted as Jonathan Viera’s delicate lob nestled in the back of the net – and I witnessed it from only a running track’s width away.
Unfortunately for the celebrating Las Palmas faithful, their late ‘winner’ was ruled out for offside, a decision met with uproar, as Numancia clung on to [...]
Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter