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Promotional poster of the British Paralympic Team, 2016

Promotional poster of the British Paralympic Team, 2016

Sequence 5 - Axe 5 Sports & Society

Spirit in motion

Is sport the best means for integration, overcoming differences and creating equality?

Promotional poster of the British Paralympic Team, 2016

  • Who are the characters? What strikes you?
  • Read the slogan. What do you understand?
  • What is the effect produced by this poster?

  • Union - wheelchair - proud - amputee - team - sportsmen - determined - disability

  • Disabled - achievements - efforts - athletes - overcome - stadium - struggle

Recap Anticipation

The characters are athletes / .............. and sportswomen. They are all wearing sportswear. They are part of a ................., they are representing the British team, because they’ve all got the ........... Jack on their outfit. They are paralympic athletes. Indeed, some are in a ................., others have a prosthetic leg, one athlete, who is a footballer, is visually impaired and another athlete seems to be an .............. They all have a ................. and they are all taking part in the same sporting event which are the Paralympic games. We are stricken by their attitude. They look strong, powerful and ...................... to win. They embody superheroes with superpowers. They’ve got a fierce look and are .................. to be taking part in the Paralympics. They are really inspiring people.

On the slogan we can read “Meet the Superhumans”. Indeed the Superhumans are those paralympic .................. Their disabilities make them extraordinary. Indeed, their attitude highlights the ................ that they must do to be prepared as athletes. They look well-built, muscular and strong and are determined ................... obstacles and ............. for victory. No matter their disability, with hard work, they will fight and manage to win and be impressive. Their ............................ are going to be outstanding, that’s why we call them superhumans and it shows that ...................... athletes are talented.


The poster is striking and powerful. The dark colours of the background are in strong contrast with the slogan in the foreground which is in white. That makes it look more important and significant. Moreover, the athletes have been brought out thanks to the background dark colours. The setting is probably a gallery or a basement of a ................ and that emphasizes the representation of these athletes as superhumans.

Homework
Choose a Paralympic athlete and present him/her, say which sport he/she performes despite his/her handicap.

STEP 1

The First "Paralympics"

STEP 1

The First "Paralympics"

"What were the Stoke Mandeville Games?

Celebrating 70 years since the first Paralympics"

  1. Sport which consists in shooting arrows at a target:
  2. Hurt or physically harmed:
  3. An early model of something:
  4. The country you were born in:
  5. A doctor who performs operations involving the brains or nerves:

a forerunner

archery

homeland

neurosurgeon

Injured

True or False? Justify by quoting from the text

  1. The first "Paralympic" games were a basketball competition.
  2. The athletes were professional disabled sportmen and women.
  3. A few wheelchair athletes attended the first Stoke mandeville competition.

The first "Paralympic" games were a basketball competition. FALSE
"the 1st Stoke Mandeville Games were held. The Games - an archery competition" l.2-3

The athletes were professional disabled sportmen and women. FALSE
"soldiers and civilians injured during the war"l.23-26
A few wheelchair athletes attended the first Stoke mandeville competition. TRUE
"16 patients"l.9

Find out which events corrspond to the dates.

Complete the Timeline

1939

1944

July 29, 1948

1949

1952

1956

Find out which events corrspond to the dates.

Complete the Timeline

Dr Ludwig Guttmann was forced to flee his homeland Germany to escape Nazi persecution.

1939

Dr Ludwig Guttmann was asked to open a Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville to treat soldiers and civilians injured during the war.

1944

The first Stoke Mandeville Games were held.

July 29, 1948

Six teams competed and wheelchair netball was introduced at the Stoke Mandeville Games.

1949

More than 130 international competitors had taken part.

1952

Guttmann was awarded the Sir Thomas Fearnley Cup.

1956

Name

Find information about the inventor of the Paralympics.
Complete his ID.

Nationality

Job

Achievements

Other details

Name: Dr Ludwig Guttmann

Nationality: German

Job: Neurosurgeon

Achievements: He opened a Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville.

He used sports as a means of physical and mental rehabilitation.

Other details: He escaped Nazi persecution. Became a naturalised British citizen in 1945. He was awarded the Sir Thomas Fearnley Cup.