The Olympic and Paralympic Games: Small Beginnings - Books

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The Olympic and Paralympic Games: Small Beginnings (Adult Touch to See Club)

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Sponsored by: The Primary Club

Available braille grades:

The London 2012 Olympics have caused great excitement and patriotism in Great Britain. From near-naked wrestlers in Athens to old ladies racing for a pound of tea in Shropshire – enjoy the fascinating history of the Games and explore its symbols, gods and ancient sports

Listen to an audio clip

Hello, I'm Matthew Pinsent. Olympian what does it mean? As well as being an inhabitant of Olympia it can also mean: majestic in manner, superior and surpassing all others. Nowadays it usually means a contestant in the Olympic Games, but it still implies a superior athlete, a great competitor and someone to be admired.
This pack will tell you about the history of the Olympic Games from its beginnings in Ancient Greece to the huge event it is today. It will also tell you about the first modern games in England at Much Wenlock, Shropshire, in 1850. To be an Olympian then you could excel in the wheelbarrow race or "an old woman's race for a pound of tea". I think probably the training schedule was a bit easier than it is today. The first modern international Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens the creation of Baron Pierre de Coubertin. His dream was to bring athletes from countries around the world to compete in sport in a fair and friendly way.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes 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

The Olympic Rings
Zeus and Hermes
Javelin Thrower and Prize Pot

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