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Prize money will always be proportionate to people's interest in a given sport. Maybe one day people will be more interested in Paralympics, but the majority aren't at the moment.
Totally agree, and the BBC gave the Paralympians a fraction of the news coverage and praise that was lavished on the Olympians.We were swamped with HYS for the Olympics with the word "historic" tagged to reports. HYS for Paralympics were like gold dust.
Could wheelchair racing include able bodied athletes? and then become a main stream sport along side running and cycling.I have weak legs but strong arms and back and rekon I'd give David Wier a roll for his money.Wheelchair racing for all
Women's and disability sport IS rammed down our throats by the BBC. There is simply not a credible level of interest in it hence why the prize money is poor. The excessive and disproportionate coverage of it seems like an attempt to almost force us to be interested in it. Hannah- credit for all your hard work and dedication but you have no divine right to earn a good living from wheelchair racing.
Makes me cringe when lazy journos say inspirational. It is as though they are surprised you are allowed out by yourself. Get the feeling they would pat someone on the head and say well done.
@64. The truth is paralympics is a niche and minority sport. You can tell that by the audience ratings and it's shunted away on C4. So the call for prize money, better coverage does not warrant it. I follow sport but to be honest have no interest in paralympics. Too many categories, small fields, people do too many events, quality just is not there. Laudible though the athletes are.
I blame Balding. If she was of colour and had no arms she'd be the ultimate BBC employee.
We watched the Paralympics as much as the Olympics. I admire the Paralympians as much as the olympians. Some olympians are pro and earn money we can only dream of and some olympians remain amateur in minority sports. True equality; minority sports don't stop at minority sports whether you're an elite sprint wheelchair athlete or an able-bodied archer...
Love some of these comments, for example:"Shoved down our throats" How exactly? An article on the sport website that you can choose to not click on? Personally I feel football is "shoved" down my throat with the saturation of both printed and online media."Supply and demand" But if there was more media coverage this would create demand. Most media is focused on football.
#61 absolutely spot on! professional sport salaries and prizes are solely supply and demand. If there's little or no commercial interest then the rewards will be poor. If there was interest rest assured that Sky and BT would be bidding for the rights. They arent. Kudos to the dedication and medal haul - but theres never been direct linear correlation between effort and monetary reward in life.
Hannah, total respect for your medals, but I'm afraid this belief that you have a devine right to earn a comfotbale living from it isn't right.Many 4th tier pro-footballers only earn £20k and live with their parents too.Or what does a top male hockey player earn?Or a top club athlete on the verge of a GB vest?It's all down to market demands. I struggle to pay my bills as well.
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