PARALYMPIANS, including Loughborough College athletes, ‘have done more to change people’s view of disability than almost anything that has happened before’ Lord Sebastian Coe has told a College audience.
The former Loughborough student and main driving force behind the Olympic Games as the chairman of LOCOG, Lord Coe was chief guest at a post-London 2012 legacy event hosted by Inspire Leicestershire at the Radmoor Sports Hall.
In his speech, he paid particular emphasis to the influence and legacy from the Paralympic Games, which brought three medals for Loughborough College students past and present – sprinter Libby Clegg, judo fighter Sam Ingram and table tennis player Aaron McKibbin.
He said: “I don’t think anybody would see sport in the same light now, particularly disability in the same way. A survey after London 2012 revealed that one in three people who either watched in person or on TV had fundamentally altered their views on disability. The legacy remains today with stars from the Paralympic Games among our role models.
“We are now in a very different landscape than we had before.”