2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games

I was asked to Judge the British Columbia chapter of the Professional Photographers of Canada’s annual image competition.

I decided to fly out to Vancouver a couple days early before the judging and see if I can catch some of the 2010 Paralympics.  I was able to catch a Curling, draw and a Sledge Hockey Game. I also made it down to Robson Square and of course down to the water front to check out the Olympic Caldron.  I gotta say I can away incredibly impressed with the Paralympics experience,  as well as a little disappointed.   What I was disappointed in was the fact that these incredible athletes didn’t get the same support and response from the public as the athletes who took part in the  Olympic Games.   Even though Vancouver had more attendance and support then at any other Paralympic Games in the past, it was no were near being on par with the Olympics. These athletes have either been born with or suffered some sort of debilitating injury at sometime in their life.  What an able body person takes for granted in day to day life can be a big challenge for someone in their situation – be it in a wheel chair, missing a limb, being blind, etc.  But not only have these athletes overcome their disability, they have progressed to be able to perform at the top of their sport.  There is no big contracts waiting for these athletes after the games, they will not be turning pro and living the high life.  What I was so taken with was the how grateful they were for the support they were given by the crowds – which were at/near capacity from what I could tell.  It was a great time!  Plus, if you ever want to have the Olympic experience, but  don’t want to fight the crowds, the Paralympics is the place to go!

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