Thursday 7 June 2012, 19.00-20.30
The extraordinary determination to overcome adversity never
ceases to amaze us when we see people with disabilities taking part
in the Paralympics. Indeed, some of them might not have
contemplated sport until they were injured, yet they have since
exceeded goals they set themselves to prove their ability.
Demonstrations of fencing and weightlifting by athletes with
disabilities will set the scene for a discussion about what extra
it takes to achieve when the body is not fully functional. Where is
the balance between talent and technology? There is no doubt that
new materials and technological design assist athletes in speed and
mobility. Experts will comment on a display of prosthetic limbs,
wheelchairs and equipment – old and new – used by people with
This event is FREE.
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Brett Smith, Senior Lecturer in disability,
health and wellbeing, Loughborough University
Anne Luttman-Johnson, paralysed after a road
Anthony Peddle, Powerlifting Paralympic
Martin McElhatton, Chief Executive,
Materials scientist Professor Mark Miodownik,
biomedical engineer Professor Gordon Blunn (University College
London) and Serena Stubbs (Clinical Lead at the Ability Clinic,
London) will comment on a display of prosthetic limbs,
wheelchairs and equipment used by people with disabilities.
Equipment supplied by Össur, Ability Technology Group, Ottobock
and Imperial College London in collaboration with the
Royal College of Art.
Image: Former Marine Corps Sgt. Tim
Connor, U.S. Navy photo by Lisa Rama/Released.