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Paralympics Are Just as Pertinent

Paralympics Are Just as Pertinent

By Charlie Hex

News Editor

The Paralympics are so often overlooked by the masses of people who devote an entire month of their conversational lives to discussing the insane athletic ability of Olympians. However, the Paralympics are just as impressive, maybe even more so. 

Ezra Frech is a 16 year old California track star who participated in both the long jump and high jump in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.  

Frech documented his entire journey through the Paralympics on his social media, including videos of himself from when he was a young child declaring that no matter what he would be in the 2020 Paralympics. 

Finally making his dreams come true, Frech qualified and boarded a plane to Tokyo in late August. 

In the end, he received eighth place in the long jump, and fifth place in the high jump. Even though he was disappointed with his result, stating publicly on his Instagram page that he “gave it everything [he] had tonight and came up short of [his] goal,” it’s still pretty remarkable to see someone from Los Angeles, California become a Paralympian at only 16 years old. 

Para-athletes like Ezra Frech have overcome so many obstacles in their lives and still accomplished feats that most people couldn’t even dream of, yet they still aren’t getting the same support, opportunities, and recognition that able-bodied athletes do. 

“People who have a disability aren’t as normalized as people who don’t have a disability,” says Stevie Cade, a sophomore in COMPASS. She thinks that this contributes to why para-athletics are under recognised.

Millikan alum Katie Hull is another example of a remarkable para-athlete who overcame odds to participate in her passion. 

According to her mother, Hull didn’t have the opportunity to play basketball for Millikan due to the lack of accessibility for diabled students in sports. She did however play for an outside wheelchair basketball team during her high school years, and now plays wheelchair basketball for the University of Alabama (the number one team in the nation for girls wheelchair basketball.)

Perhaps this is an opportunity for the students and staff of Millikan to reflect and make some changes considering the accessibility for disabled students not only on campus, but in sports too.

Photo Source: Mrs. Hull; photo depicts Katie Hull posing individually for her wheelchair basketball team (University of Alabama).

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Charlie Hex, Editor-in-Chief
My name is Charlie Hex (he/him/his) and I am one of the three Editors-in-Chief for the Corydon. I am a senior in the COMPASS program, and in the future I hope to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology as well as become an author. I have been writing for the Corydon for three years and I am excited to see this newspaper grow!

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    Hailey V HartleyNov 3, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for shining a light on such an important topic that most people usually overlook. This article really amazed me because it showed how much power people truly hold and proves that we should treat this as a big deal. Maybe even a bigger deal than the actual Olympics because it is just as impressive. These people have trained most of their lives for the moment and I completely agree with the fact that they should get more recognition for it. I never knew who these amazing athletes were until reading this article and it is truly amazing how much they have accomplished. One Question I do have is, how long do the Paralympics last? Is it as long as the original olympics? And where can I watch? I feel like this article was really needed to show our school that everyday people can become amazing. Thank you for sharing this topic with us. I will definitely be researching more about this later.

    Sincerely,

    Tori Hartley, Grade 11

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