1.1. The Legacy of the Paralympics
1.2. Legacy of the Paralympics and the Media
1.3. The Role of Athletes
2.1. Study Design
2.2. Data Sources and Data Collection
2.3. Data Analysis
3.1. Descriptive Quantitative Results
3.2. Qualitative Data
3.2.1. Articles without Further Content
3.2.2. Major Themes
Major Theme 1: Personal Story
Major Theme 2: Inspire
“We’re more about being out there and visible, giving people something to think about,” Cowie said, adding that words like, “inspiring, awesome” and “you guys rock” often come up in the conversation. “It’s humbling and overwhelming that people would stop and tell you what a difference you are making. You don’t expect it,” he said. However, on a deeper level, Cowie and Jones understood how their actions inspire and influence those around them. “It’s beginning to make a difference,” Cowie said, adding the reason the two strive to give back goes to the core of what is fundamentally good in life. “It’s like that hug you got when you were a little kid, and how it made you feel better,” he said. “It’s corny, but it’s really what the bottom line is. We do inspire people, we do motivate people, and if we do this two or three times, it gets people to think what they’ve done is a success.” Getting an email from a someone in reply to how he had helped him through a rough time is the motivation that keeps him going, Cowie said”.
Major Theme 3: Supercrip
“Mom, I’m a paraplegic.” Those were the first words Julian Nahachewsky uttered to his mother when she entered the hospital room after his accident. Before resting her head on his chest to pray, she calmly said: “Son, well, all the deep resources that you have within you—like strength and courage—that have been latent inside you, they are going to have to come alive now.”
Major Theme 4: Motivation
Major Theme 5: Ability
Major Theme 6
3.2.3. Minor Themes
Minor Theme 1: About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
“The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca”.
Minor Theme 2: Access Issues
Minor Theme 3: Trickle-Down Issue
4.1. Legacy Goal 1 and 2
4.1.1. Legacy Goal 1
4.1.2. Legacy Goal 2
4.2. Legacy Goals 3 and 4
4.3. What to Do?
4.3.1. Role of Canadian Paratriathlon and Triathlon Organization
4.3.2. Role of Athletes
A “sporting hero” is a person whom one admires. The hero is defined by a visible personification of certain traits. For example, they may be interpreted by the observer (and/or portrayed by the media) to demonstrate perseverance, to be self-effacing and modest, with social responsibility. The hero may have succeeded “against the odds”. Most of the time, the hero will display mastery in her/his sport, but can achieve at a range of local and national levels.
“As an athlete and sports administrator, Elisabeth Walker-Young is thrilled by the increase in participation at the Paralympics and the awareness the Games generate for people with a disability. What still frustrates her is how this growth at the elite level has not “trickled down” into more people with disabilities becoming active. Statistics Canada estimates only three per cent of people who say they have a physical disability consider themselves physically active. Some disabled people may feel uncomfortable at a gym or pool because of the looks they receive”.
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