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Why do we hold separate Paralympic and Olympic events?

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    Title: Why do we hold separate Paralympic and Olympic events?

    Date: Monday, 13th August 2012

    Time: 18:30 - 20:00 BST

    Location: The Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London. WC1E 7HU

    Why should a Paralympian be different from an Olympian? It has been argued that Paralympic sports should be included within the Olympic Games, with some sports open to both Olympian and Paralympian athletes. On the other hand, perhaps the distinctiveness of Paralympian athletes is something to be celebrated and the separation should be maintained. This panel discussion, chaired by Professor Nick Tyler CBE (UCL Civil Engineering) discusses whether we should incorporate the two events into a single Olympic Games which is open to all.


    Dr P David Howe, UCL Alum, Former Paralympian, and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Sport, Loughborough University

    Prof Nora Groce, Director, UCL Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre

    Mark Dyer, Accessible Transport Manager, London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority

    Dan Brooke, Director of Communications and Marketing at Channel 4, who is overseeing the television coverage of the Paralympics

    To mark the Olympics and Paralympics, UCL has developed an exciting programme of events and exhibitions highlighting some of the world-leading research taking place at the university relevant to London in 2012. To find out more about the complete programme please visit:

    UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at


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