LS Live 2012 Young Reporters Discover Leeds’ Passion for the Paralympics

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Young reporters from LS Live 2012 (a DigitalMe Project) visited the Paralympic Torch celebration at the John Charles Centre for Sport, to find out if the people of Leeds have been inspired by the Games so far, and how they can take advantage of the fantastic disability sport facilities the city has to offer.

The LSLive 2012 Reporter interviews Ben, a player from Spiders, the under 15’s wheelchair basketball team

People can do anything. Nothing stops them...

Leeds has been the training ground for many Paralympic hopefuls from the region, such as Hannah Cockroft and Ali Jawad, so as the Games kick off in London, the LS Live 2012 young reporting team have been discovering the city’s passion for Paralympic sport and the fantastic facilities Leeds offers for those wanting to give it a try.

The Paralympic Flame celebration at John Charles Centre for Sport was a fantastic event, celebrating the inclusivity of sport and offering a great opportunity for members of the public to try out disability sports. The LS Live reporters interviewed visitors to find out what they thought of the event and how the Paralympics inspires them. Those attending were encouraged to have a go at the 11 different disability sports on offer, and young people in particular were quickly hooked, trying out wheelchair basketball, tennis and goalball among others. The young people interviewed spoke of their experience trying these new sports: “I think its very very amazing, because I’ve played two new games...” and “I haven’t tried all of the sports yet, but I’m really starting to like it!” See all the interviews from the day here:

It was clear through the interviews that the Paralympics provides a lot of inspiration for the young people of Leeds. One young person commented: “I think its great that they have the Paralympics... so disabled people can have a hand at getting a piece of precious metal round their necks”. Ben, who has cerebral palsy and plays for the Spiders under 15’s wheelchair basketball team, described how the Paralympics inspires him - by showing “...that people can do anything. Nothing stops them”.

The young reporters found out more about the Spiders wheelchair basketball team when interviewing chairman Andy Gardner, who spoke about their dreams for a disability sport academy in Leeds, and the legacy of the Paralympics in Leeds for the Spiders wheelchair basketball and rugby teams: “its going to be a busy busy time for sport everywhere, particularly in Leeds as we have a big club. Yeah, I think its going to go a bit crazy”. See the report on Leeds Spiders here:

Ross Bibby, disability sport co-ordinator for Leeds told the young reporters about the range of facilities on offer for people with disabilities, and his hopes that the Paralympics will inspire more people to have a go: “we have quite good attendance at the moment but we’ve always got scope for more, especially for disabled people to come along and do some disability sports at our centres”.

The LS Live 2012 reporters had a brilliant day at the event, using their new skills in presenting and interviewing to explore the inclusive attitude and pride demonstrated by the Leeds community, and the opportunities on offer for them as the Paralympics inspires a new generation of young disabled athletes.

The LS Live 2012 young reporting team have been reporting on everything in Leeds inspired by London 2012 over the summer, gaining valuable skills in planning, presenting, interviewing and editing. You can see all their reports here:

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