Topic Choice- Genevieve FreyPosted: October 13, 2013
As a fan of the Olympics and the Paralympics, I have chosen to interview a Paralympian for my oral history project. London 2012 was the most visible Paralympic Games in history, but there are still doubts that this event has given proper attention to Disabled Athletics, its participants, and to disabled people outside the world of sports as well. I am hoping to interview a Paralympian who is either currently competing or recently retired – someone who competed in London and can give a firsthand account of that experience, how the event has changed in the past few years, and where the athlete feels the Paralympic Movement is headed. I also want to discuss the larger world of Disabled Athletics and whether more attention on disabled athletes means there has been a change in attitude towards all disabled people. This interview will also include the athlete’s life history, athletic career on the whole, and Paralympic career. I think these athletes have an incredibly important voice, but it has yet to truly be captured. While some oral history interviews have been done, and some projects are in the works, I think this group has been largely undiscovered and I would like my interview to be a small step in changing that.