Paralympic Superstars - Books - Living Paintings

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Paralympic Superstars

Written by Living Paintings, Clive Gifford

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2), 11-14 years (Key stage 3)

Sponsored by: Simon Muchmore and Christine Morrell

Available braille grades:

In this fact book JJ Chalmers introduces us to Paralympic Superstars Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Libby Clegg and Ellie Simmonds.
This resource is packed with factual information to support learning as well as entertaining stories from the para superstars. This resource support subjects across the National Curriculum and would be useful as an educational resource in class. Also good for home-schooling, homework-help, project work, reading for pleasure, independent learning and entertainment. A great activity for inspiring an interest in sport.

Readers on the audio include JJ Chalmers, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Libby Clegg, Ellie Simmonds and Clare Blading.

Listen to an audio clip

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this touch and sound book about Paralympic superstars. You can learn about some of the Para sports at the games, from wheelchair track racing to para equestrian. You’ll hear from some gold medal winning athletes and they’ll share their stories and special memories with you.

Well for me I think I was very lucky I competed in 5 Paralympic games so each games has a different memory. My first games was in Seoul in 1988 and I went there as quite a young athlete so the culture and the language and the food, everything about Korea was so different from everything that I had experienced growing up in Cardiff.

This tactile picture is created from a photograph of me swimming at the Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park, London where I was training for Day 7 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Equestrian events first appeared on the Paralympic programme at the 1984 games, held in Stoke Mandeville and New York, and they have featured at every games since Atlanta in 1996. Riders with any type of physical or visual impairment complete alongside each other in para dressage events.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects on CD, and USB if you have chosen this format. Audio descriptions available to stream from your online account.
  • An A4 colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Tactile Picture Number 1
The Paralympic Games and Paralympic Wheelchair Athlete with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tactile Picture Number 2
Running and cycling with Libby Clegg, Paralympian

Tactile Picture Number 3
In the pool with Ellie Simmonds, swimmer and Paralympian

Tactile Picture Number 4
Dressage Rider and Horse with JJ Chalmers

What our members say

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Inspired Students The students have been so inspired by what they have learned from your pictures, as many of them had no idea what skis actually looked like, and they were also surprised to learn that many 'dives' meant that the swimmer had to start by standing with his back to the pool, rather than facing it.
Interesting Interesting topic, the student loved this teaching pack as he loved the information given and gets to explore the pictures.
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