The Path to London: A Paralympic Journey
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More informationAhead of the the Games later this year, 5 live's Russell Fuller tells the remarkable story of some of the GB athletes who have had to adapt to Paralympic sport following life-changing accidents and degenerative illnesses.
Among those set for starring roles in London 2012 is Simon Munn (wheelchair basketball) whose life was turned upside down in 1991 after a routine walk home from the pub. "I took a shortcut across some railway tracks and got my foot caught. I saw the big white lights of a train coming around the corner and waited for it to take my leg off," Simon tells Russell.
Russell also hears from Stef Reid who will target two Gold medals for Great Britain in the 200m and long jump at London 2012. It's all a far cry from the days when she was lying on a hospital bed coming to terms with life following a horrific boating accident in Canada. "I was resigned to the fact that I'd lost my foot, I could do nothing about that so sport was my saviour," says Stef.
Meanwhile Russell meets Dani Brown who picked up a gold medal in archery in 2008 and is on course to repeat the feat four years later. She tells Russell how it was a degenerative illness that changed her life. "I would never have taken up the sport if it wasn't for the pains in my feet. People always look for the negatives whereas I focus on the positives and have a far better life now."
Russell also talks to Tom Aggar (Men's Single Sculls Rowing Gold Medalist from the Beijing Paralympics 2008), Darren Kenny OBE (Four cycling Gold medals in 2008 Paralympics) and Britain's most successful Paralympian Sarah Storey OBE.
The Path to London: A Paralympic Journey is produced by Andy Dickman and Ashley Byrne and is a Made in Manchester Production for Radio 5Live.