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University of Wollongong Research Online Faculty of Education - Papers (Archive) Faculty of Social Sciences 2008 Two games and one movement? The Paralympics and the Olympic movement P. Kell University of Wollongong, M. Kell University of Western Sydney N. Price University of Wollongong Publication Details This book chapter is published as Kell, P, Kell, M and Price, N, Two games and one movement? The Paralympics and the Olympic movement, in Kell, P, Vialle, W, Konza, D and Vogl, G (eds), Learning and the learner: exploring learning for new times, University of Wollongong, 2008, 236p. Complete book available here. Research Online is the open access institutional repository for the University of Wollongong. For further information contact the UOW Library: Chapter 4 Two Games and One Movement? The Paralympics and the Olympic Movement. Peter Kell, Marilyn Kell & Nathan Price Introduction Every four years the Paralympic and the Olympic games combine to become the largest single sporting movement on the globe. The combination of these sporting events is characterised by a complex and often contradictory relationship. The Paralympics are intended as a parallel event to the Olympics and it is a relationship that often sees the Paralympics as nothing more than a “side show” to the Olympics. This relationship introduces questions about whether it is in the best interests of the sports people with disabilities and Paralympian athletes. There is also a concern that aspects of the Paralympics reinforce outdated notions about the abilities, status and place of sports people with disabilities in society and sport. This paper briefly documents progressive moves in the last 50 years of the 20th Century to develop a closer relationship between the two sporting movements organising bodies and explores some of

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