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How do you feel about the term 'superhumans'?
A piece in The Guardian yesterday by Jack Perry (a member of Team GB’s World Under-23 title-winning wheelchair basketball side in 2017 ) suggests that by using the term 'superhumans' to promote para-athletes, they are being done a disservice.
How do you feel about the label? Do you think it abnormalises disability?
‘Superhumans’ tag plays down the talent and dedication of disabled athletesThe World Para-Athletics Championships start on Thursday but punchy branding during Rio 2016 inadvertently cast Paralympic athletes as freaks of sport.
"The superhuman label also affects the Paralympic athletes themselves, who are cast as the freaks of sport, existing outside the perceived norm of able-bodied elite athletes. Too often what is highlighted about disabled athletes is the disability that sets them apart instead of the supreme talent and dedication that makes them exceptional."