LIBBY Clegg must have been very disappointed to be ruled out of the IPC European Games last week in Swansea. But every cloud has a silver lining which we’re sure the Scots 100m Commonwealth gold medallist will appreciate. The announcement made on BBC radio was that: ‘Libby Clegg is ruled out of the IPC Games due to injury’. The ‘D’ word, that’s disabled wasn’t used in the announcement, nor was the ‘P’ Word, for Para. Just that she couldn’t run.
We’re deeply disappointed for Libby but the way the news was announced proves that society is changing its attitudes towards disabled athletes.
Crowds flocked to Glasgow to watch the para Commonwealth games at the same times as the able bodied games and cheered them on as loudly as the rest. Their names are now as well known as the Mo Farah’s and Jessica Ennis’s of this world; and rightly so.
Libby joins Hannah Cockroft, David Weir and now 14-year old Maria Lyle, who flew down the track to take her first gold medal in Swansea and smash all previous records.
Like uStep they have set out their own course for achievement and refused to let adversity stand in their way. We hope they win plenty more gold medals and recover from these summer injuries to compete again next season.
We say a huge well done to all of them, they have inspired us and everyone else by their guts and determination to succeed against the odds.
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