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Age and Paralympic sports careers

by on September 6, 2012

Day 8 of the Paralympics and we’ve been looking to find some analysis of age and Paralympic sports.

According to this piece in The Telegraph, ParalympicsGB’s youngest competitor is swimmer Chloe Davies from Bath who is 13. Britain’s oldest Paralympian is archer Kate Murray (64) whose birthday fell on the first day of the Games.

As we noted in an earlier post, some sports (dressage, shooting) have plenty of competitors over 40.  This BBC article notes how this is more pronounced in the Paralympics. GB blind football captain David Clarke is 41, boccia’s Nigel Murray is 48, archer Kate Murray 64, discus thrower Derek Derenalagi is in his first Paralympics at 38 and the athletics captain and runner Tracey Hinton is 42.

Head of the British Paralympic Association Tim Hollingsworth acknowledges the age differences and says: “The routes into the sport for new athletes are more varied and less predictable than those who’ve been doing nothing but their sport until this age.”

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