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War veterans compete at Paralympics

09-01-2012 20:57 BJT Special Report:2012 Paralympic Games |

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The devastating impact of the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq is playing itself out at this year's Paralympics. The London edition features more military veterans, injured in conflict, than there have been in years.

Each has a remarkable story of survival. Derek Derenalagi, now a gold medal hopeful in discus, had his legs blown off in Afghanistan. He says he was being zipped into a body bag when an army medic noticed he still had a pulse.

Derek Derenalagi, now a gold medal hopeful in discus, had his legs
blown off in Afghanistan.

Samantha Bowen, a Royal Artillery Gunner who was so badly injured in Iraq that her comrades couldn’t recognize her is now a key member of Britain’s Paralympics sitting volleyball team. Captain Nick Beighton lost his legs in Afghanistan and is hoping for a medal in rowing. Netra Rana was injured in Afghanistan too and sport restored his self respect.

These athletes don't understand regret.

It's testament sport can change lives for the better, even lives shattered by war.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source:

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