The Winter Paralympics is worth watching

Snowsbest had me concerned in Winter sports, does anyone care? If Australia didn’t know about the Winter Olympics then how would Australia know about the Paralympics?

Channel Seven had the rights to broadcast both the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. I downloaded the app to watch events live when on the go, watched most days when the Olympics was aired on Channel Seven, and followed the news coverage.

Peter Marsh (ABC) confirmed my concerns in Channel Seven’s Winter Paralympics coverage criticised by fans.

Unfortunately, Channel Seven hasn’t done the same for the Paralympics and it’s been a challenge to watch in Australia. Channel Seven is airing highlights on their digital channel Seven Mate for roughly an hour starting at 11am. It’s barely featured in the news and I’ve only seen a few ads on television.

This is not good enough of Channel Seven. I want to watch the Winter Paralympics live because it’s worth watching Paralympic Athletes compete. There are many challenges each athletes faces and it’s interesting to see how sports have been adapted to be possible for other abilities.

I had to find other ways to stay updated.

I downloaded the official PyeongChang app for live updates on whats happening, when and the medal tally.

I’m actively on social media checking Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I’m following athletes themselves like Sam Tait, Mark Soyer and Melissa Perrine. I’m following The Australian Paralympic Team, Snowsbest, Ski & Snowboard Australia. I’m sharing the posts on social media so others don’t have to hunt for updates.

Australia has made many great achievements

  • Australia has it’s largest team of athletes who have each worked hard to earn their place on the team.
  • My friend and fellow sit skier Sam Tait fulfilled a goal by making his Paralympic debut. He came 11 in his first race, smashing his goal of 15.
  • Mark Soyer (sit-ski) made his Paralympic debut
  • Joany Badenhorst was the first female Australian to carry the Australian flag at the opening ceremony.
  • Simon Patmore, a summer and winter paralmypic athlete, won gold in the men’s Para Snowboard Cross. Patmore also won Bronze in the Para-snowboard Banked Slalom
  • Melissa Perinne and her sighted guide Christian Geiger won bronze in Para-alpine skiing Duper Combined and matched the next day with bronze in giant slalom vision-impaired class.

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