Paralympians are the most inspirational athletes for children

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games starts today – research finds Paralympians are most inspiring sportspeople for children and young people.

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The research, by Virgin Media, found that Paralympians are considered to be the most inspirational athletes ahead of other sports:
  • Paralympians 30%
  • Olympians 21%
  • Footballers 9%
  • Rugby players 5%
  • Cricketers 2%.
It also found that Paralympians are also seen as the most fearless athletes (31%), compared to rugby players (18%) and footballers (4%). Virgin Media has partnered with the British Paralympic Association for the Winter Games and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The two organisations want to help shift people’s perceptions of disability, and encourage the nation to become braver, inspired by our Paralympic athletes. Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “We know ParalympicsGB athletes are amongst the most inspirational and the most fearless figures in public life and their success can have a real impact by challenging perceptions of what disabled people can achieve.”
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