ukdhmYou might be aware Disability History Month 2016 is about to start.  Please see below a programme of activity we have planned. It would be appreciated if you could share the events with your friends and collegues, if you use social media to share the events please use the #bued1617 and #buproud.





5 December 2016

I’m an international player too: The pathway to success for England and Great Britain Paralympic Footballers (BG10, Lansdowne Campus) [12:00-13:00]

I’m an international player too: The pathway to success for England and Great Britain Paralympic Footballers (Share LT, Talbot Campus) [17:00-18:00]

Talk overview

Did you know that more people play disability football than rugby league in the UK? The pinnacle of disability sport is the Paralympic Games, and Bournemouth University are pleased to announce some of the major figures in disability football are coming to Disability History month. Both the GB/England captains will be sharing their stories- Keryn Seal (Blind captain) and Jack Rutter (Cerebral Palsy captain), as well as several members of the Rio 2016 Cerebral Palsy Paralympic Football squad (James Blackwell, Liam Irons, Giles Moore, Emyle Rudder). Accompanying them will be Jeff Davis who is National Elite Development Manager for disability football at the Football Association. Jeff has also led the GB football squads at three Paralympic Games, in his role as Performance Director at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympics.

Being a Paralympian: the life and experience of wheelchair tennis athlete Lucy Shuker (Inspire LT, Talbot Campus) [15:00-16:30]

Talk overview

 Lucy Shuker is a three-time Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Player and Double Paralympic Bronze Medallist. Lucy made history in London winning Great Britain’s first ever Women’s Wheelchair Tennis medal in the women’s doubles event, she retained Bronze Medal status at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

For UK Disability History Month 2016, Lucy is visiting BU to speak about her Paralympic journey which will involve her talking about how she got into the sport, experience of training and competing, alongside the physical and psychological demands of being a full-time performance athlete.

7 December 12:00-13:00

This is how I see the world in Sweden and beyond: perspectives from a blind Paralympian Physiotherapy student (BG10, Lansdowne Campus)

Talk overview

Training to become a Paralympian takes hard work, dedication, and sacrifices. And so does training to be a physiotherapist. Nicolina Pernheim manages to juggle both, as a final year student at Gothenburg University as well as recently competing at the Rio Paralympics. Nicolina will be sharing her experience of being a blind physiotherapy student and how she manages to juggle her academic and sporting careers. Accompanying her will be Kristina Fagher, a physiotherapist and PhD student at Lund University. Kristina will be briefly outlining some of her research and how she helps athletes like Nicolina perform to their optimum capacity.

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