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SWIS Awards

Blog 72

The eighth SW/S is next month. And the nominations are open. Read about what the categories are, and hear from SW/S founder Maureen McGonigle about why this year's awards are so special.
Hannah Scott
October 8, 2021
Blog

Blog 66: Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes of our Paralympic Heros. From Prosthetics to Frame Runners, it's not a 'one size fits all'. Check out what those researchers and engineering pioneers have to say.
Hannah Scott
August 28, 2021
ParalympicsScottish Women in Tokyo

Blog 65: Family above all

The events of Tokyo 2020 are far from over because the Paralympic Games are starting in less than a week. Bigger and better than ever before, Team GB is once again ready to take over the world of sport. All eyes will be on the Japanese capital again on the 24th of August and for the following 12 days as the very best para-athletes compete for gold. Team GB athletes will be at the starting line in several different sports, including swimming, wheelchair racing, cycling and much more. https://twitter.com/C4Paralympics/status/1424648975634866187   The Paralympics promises to be a spectacular sporting event with more coverage…
Eszter Tárnai
August 20, 2021
Paralympics

Blog 64: Channel 4 takes us back to Tokyo

'It would be rude not to stare' say the billboards. 'To be a Paralympian, there has to be something wrong with you', say the adverts. Channel 4 are taking us back to Tokyo on 24th August - 5th September for the Paralympics and it's the biggest show yet. People with disabilities have been taking part in the Olympics since the 1948 London Olympics. German-British neurologist Dr. Guttmann started the Stoke Mandeville Games, that included ex-service men and women taking part in an archery competition. The first Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960. Featuring 400 athletes from 23 countries,…
Hannah Scott
August 13, 2021
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Blog 63: Goodbye, Tokyo!

Tokyo 2020 is finished. Let's recap the victories, controversies and notable moments from this unorthodox Olympics. From day one, Tokyo 2020 promised to be unlike any other previous Games with its empty stadiums, infamous cardboard beds and controversial costs. But as the days went along, more and more topics of conversation emerged, proving once again that the Olympic Games are more than a sporting event.   Scottish success Team GB placed fourth in the Olympic medal count this year, with 65 shiny, brand-new medals to add to the collection. Scottish athletes took home 16 medals, which is an outstanding contribution we…
Eszter Tárnai
August 10, 2021
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Blog 62: Get in the Zone

"For me, it's not about pumping really loud music, it’s more about being relaxed and embracing those nerves. Seeing them more as adrenaline and something that will spur you on. You have those nerves because you care."  Stephanie Davis, is competing in the Marathon in the 2021 Olympics for Team GB, she shared with us at SWIS, her story.  The Olympics trials were suppose to be part of the London Marathon in 2020, which for obvious reasons didn't go ahead, meaning Steph was forced to do her try-out, behind closed doors. Talk about pressure (spoiler: she made it): "Covid has…
Hannah Scott
July 30, 2021
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Blog 61: More than the athletes

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially started! Here, you can access the official schedule and cheer for the first-ever female-dominated Team GB. Sadly, this milestone doesn't translate to staff. Yesterday's opening ceremony was historical. Not only because athletes from 205 countries and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team marched into the near-empty Japan National Stadium, but because for the first time ever, Team GB, the United States, China, Canada, and Australia all sent more female athletes than males. The wider picture is, however, that Olympic staff members are still overwhelmingly male.  It is in this environment that Sarah Wilson has umpired the bronze match at Rio 2016, which…
Eszter Tárnai
July 24, 2021
Olympics

Blog 59: Getting ready

In 13 days, Tokyo will capture the world's attention and the Olympic cauldron will finally be lit (however unconventionally) after a one-year delay. More than ten thousand athletes around the globe are getting ready for their time to shine after an incredibly challenging year.  To understand the sea of emotions and mountain of pressure they are under, Britain's joint most decorated female Olympian, former rower and current chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger reminisces and gives advice to the new generation. She remembers having been a nervous, rosy-cheeked twenty-something 13 days before her Olympic debut, wondering what will happen. 'By now, pretty much all…
Eszter Tárnai
July 10, 2021
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Blog 57: Women on the stands

Tuesday's defeat to Croatia and the subsequent end of Scotland's Euro 2020 journey has shaken the hopeful nation this week. To commemorate the historic return to the world's football stage, we are celebrating the fans whose unwavering support got the team this far. Unsurprisingly, football is the most popular sport in Scotland, so much so, that it is considered to be part of our culture itself. What you may not know is that, even though the key football demographic is diversifying, women still only take up 8% of the Scottish football audience, according to a 2017 SFSA (Scottish Football Supporters Association ) report.…
Eszter Tárnai
June 26, 2021