Exclusive: Sir Craig Reedie Encourages Progression in Paralympic Movement One Year on From London 2012

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

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By Steve Moorhouse

Sir Craig Reedie has urged the Paralympic movement to continue its progression, one year after a successful London 2012 Paralympic Games.

August 29 marks the one year anniversary of the Opening Ceremony and questions have been asked about the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games, which many believe were the best Paralympic Games in history.

However, triple equestrian gold medallist Sophie Christiansen argued in a report in The Guardian that more needed to be done to help those in Britain with disabilities and to get Paralympic sports on television.

Speaking exclusively to iSportconnect, Sir Craig Reedie, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President who was on the board of the London 2012 organising committee responded: “The London Paralympic Games changed the views of the whole country to disability.

“The Paralympic sports stars are now genuine sporting personalities. The IPC should be developing their series of world championships and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) should ensure that the British public are informed of the progress of their British athletes.”

With the one year anniversary of London 2012 right around the corner, Sir Craig added that he wanted to see the Paralympic movement progress from such a strong event.

“The London Paralympic Games were the greatest celebration of Paralympic sport,” said Sir Craig. “The Paralympic movement has the ideal base from which to progress.”

The BPA celebrated the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games by announcing a new sponsorship deal with Mondelēz International, the home of Cadbury, Bassetts, Philadelphia and BelVita.

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