The Growth of Disabled Sport

 

This week we cast our glances back, looking at the development of sport through a historical lens, and our focus was Learning Disability Sports and movements like the Special Olympics.

We spoke to Tom Weir, PHD student at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, whose research tries to understand how sport for those with intellectual disabilities grew from the grassroots level.  Tom said: “It’s about those who have spilt blood, sweat, and tears starting local clubs, overcoming social and financial barriers.”  Tom’s historical work will ensure that we don’t forget these important characters who stay off court.

For more information on the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University:

WEB:  www.dmu.ac.uk/research/research-faculties-and-institutes/art-design-humanities/icshc/international-centre-for-sports-history-and-culture.aspx

Twitter: @ICSHC

EMAIL: p14171122@my365.dmu.ac.uk

 

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