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A thirteen year old girl from England has won a gold medal in the Paralympics in China.

Do you think a minimum age should be applied to disabled sportmen/women as well?


I am sorry. I made a typo. The thirteen year old girl is from England, not from China.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/othe...rt/7603973.stm



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Old 08.09.2008, 21:14
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A thirteen year old girl from China has won a gold medal in the Paralympics in China.

Do you think a minimum age should be applied to disabled sportmen/women as well?
Rules are rules, if she was under the legal age set she shouldn;t have participated. It is pretty straightforward.

Or are you asking whether rules on age should exist?
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Old 08.09.2008, 21:23
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Or are you asking whether rules on age should exist?
Good question. What do you think?
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Old 08.09.2008, 21:26
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Good question. What do you think?
my personal opinion is no, the best should compete. But I am not a doctor so I have no idea whether there are any long term health impact.

But, if rules are set, they must be followed. That is the nature of sports competitions.
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Why isn't she making plastic toys for Walmart at her age?

Now we know why inflation is up...
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Why isn't she making plastic toys for Walmart at her age?

Now we know why inflation is up...
She's past her prime. Small fingers work the best.

On the plus side, all of the toxic chemicals that she was exposed to working in the factory qualified her for the paralympics. She's got that going for her at least.
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Old 09.09.2008, 16:13
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Re: Paralympics

A friend of mine just won gold and broke the world record in the T46 200m today.

Heath Francis, take a bow.
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Old 09.09.2008, 20:19
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A friend of mine just won gold and broke the world record in the T46 200m today.

Heath Francis, take a bow.
Wow. Congratulations to him!
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Re: Paralympics

Indeed. He'd won 3 gold and a silver in Sydney (and was part of the torch relay in 2000), then 3 silver and 2 bronze in Athens. And now this.

*applause*

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A thirteen year old girl from England has won a gold medal in the Paralympics in China.
Do you think a minimum age should be applied to disabled sportmen/women as well?
To go back to the original question...
Sport Rules are usually made to ensure, as far as possible, fair chances for all. I don’t suppose anyone thought that a thirteen year old would be able to beat an eighteen year old – so no rule was made. This was, until fairly recently true in ‘normal’ sport too. In Sport for people with a disability there are however extra reasons for NOT making these age limits. Fortunately, there are fewer people with a disability, than without. Therefore there are fewer disabled swimmers, fewer good disabled swimmers, fewer disabled juniors and fewer competitions for them. Also, disabled swimmers, in competitions, are divided into thirteen classes according to their disability to try to create some sort of fair deal for everyone. The prospect of being able to swim in the Paralympics in two or three years time but in the meantime having no real ‘competition’ against others in the same class is very hard for a youngster.
Looking at this specific case, the lass who won the 100m Freestyle Class S6, is 13 years old and swam 1:18.75. The swimmer in sixth place in the final was 8 seconds slower! In the Olympic Games, same discipline, the difference was 1.17 seconds! The Paralympics really needs all the good swimmers (and other sportspeople) they can get!

The progress made in certain sports during the last twenty years is unbelievable. Earlier, sport for the disabled was, in many countries, not taken seriously. The ‘coaches’ tended to be folk, who, although their intentions were good, had no idea of training or teaching sport (or anything else!) at all. The reason that Nathalie du Toit (RSA) swims such fantastic times, is not only that she works hard or that she might have more talent than other swimmers – but, before she lost her leg, she was already almost Olympic standard. She had had the advantage of excellent training opportunities and support in her younger years, which was not available to swimmers with a disability. Nowadays, the whole movement is more professional and the disabled youngsters of today are reaping the benefit from this.
In swimming at least, Switzerland still has a long way to go. It is typical of the situation here that if you want to find out more about Disabled Swimming in Switzerland, you look up ‘disabled’; in England, you look up ’swimming’!
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Why isn't she making plastic toys for Walmart at her age?

Now we know why inflation is up...
How can you be so rude to this young disabled girl
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She's past her prime. Small fingers work the best.

On the plus side, all of the toxic chemicals that she was exposed to working in the factory qualified her for the paralympics. She's got that going for her at least.
Why? What did this young disabled girl do to you to get such a reaction
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Old 13.09.2008, 19:48
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Why? What did this young disabled girl do to you to get such a reaction
irony fail ............
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Old 13.09.2008, 19:52
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Re: Paralympics

I can see a trend developing with some threads but I'm a) nowhere near being drunk enough and b) can't be bothered enough to jump on the bandwagon this time.

I'm off to the fridge for tonight's first cold beer
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How can you be so rude to this young disabled girl
One thing all the young disabled swimmers I worked with for twenty years had was a sense of humour. They laughed at themselves and we all laughed at situations we got ourselves into. Join the fun.
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One thing all the young disabled swimmers I worked with for twenty years had was a sense of humour. They laughed at themselves and we all laughed at situations we got ourselves into. Join the fun.
They liked when people were laughing about their disability, and how they got their disability?
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They liked when people were laughing about their disability, and how they got their disability?
I don't recall reading anybody in this thread laughing about anyone's disability, or how they got their disability, other than in Patxi's ironic comment on the state of Chinese toy factories.

Perhaps you should read gbn's and Patxi's posts with your eyes open and your brain switched on next time?
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They liked when people were laughing about their disability, and how they got their disability?
As long as it was a two-way thing - I think they coped with it pretty well.
The bit about the toxic chemicals was perhaps a bit near the bone, but that's life. Basically, I think they preferred jokes a wee bit over the top - they could get their own back there - to having their needs ignored or hearing 'oh you poor thing' too often.
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I don't recall reading anybody in this thread laughing about anyone's disability, or how they got their disability.

Perhaps you should read gbn's post with your eyes open next time?

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Why isn't she making plastic toys for Walmart at her age?

Now we know why inflation is up...

oh yeah, you're completely right. He was so kind indeed.
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Re: Paralympics

It's also interesting how Schnappi returned to this thread days ago and never made any comment on the ironic posts about which he now seems so righteously wrathful.

Perhaps our resident billy-goat eater is feeling a little bored this evening, and is looking for some more fun-by-flaming?
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