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XI Paralympic Games
2000 Summer Paralympics logo.svg
Host citySydney, Australia
MottoPerformance, Power and Pride
Nations121
Athletes3,881 (2,891 men, 990 women)
Events551 in 18 sports
Opening18 October
Closing29 October
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumStadium Australia
Summer
Atlanta 1996 Athens 2004
Winter
Nagano 1998 Salt Lake 2002

Media coverage

Media coverage of the Paralympic Games has steadily increased over the years.

In the table below, the approximate number of accredited media at the Paralympic Summer Games from 1992–2008 has been listed.[19]

Games Location Approximate Number
Barcelona 1500
Atlanta 2000
Sydney 2400
Athens 3100
Beijing 5700

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had approximately 200 staff in Sydney for the Olympic games, 6 of whom stayed on to cover the Paralympic games. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation aired four one-hour shows of the Paralympic Games after the event was finished.

TV New Zealand also aired four one-hour specials of the games post event.

In the United States, CBS broadcast a special called 'Role Models for the 21st Century: The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games'. The special was two hours long and aired in November.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) allowed viewers the opportunity to express their opinions towards the games. Comments were posted under the heading "Has the Sydney Paralympics been a success?" on their website. One viewer, Carole Neale from England was cited as posting:

"I am so disappointed to find the coverage limited to less than an hour per evening, on at a time when most people are still travelling home from work, and dismissed to BBC2, unlike the Olympics which had a prime time evening slot on BBC1 as well as constant live coverage".[10]

Views

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, multiple Paralympic gold medallist for Great Britain, later said of the Sydney Games:

"Sydney 2000 will always hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who was there. The Aussies love their sport and they treated us simply as sportsmen and women. We weren’t regarded as role models or inspirations, we were competitors. Some of us won gold medals, most didn’t, but, hey, that’s life. Sydney was phenomenal because, from day one, you felt there was something extraordinarily special in the air. Sydney was an athletic Disneyland, it was where magic happened. It probably marked the time and place when Paralympians genuinely became part of the Olympic Movement."[20]

See also

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ a b "Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games" (PDF). NSW Treasury. 1999–2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Horton, Luke (31 March 2011). "Adrienne's amazing Olympics bid effort". Macleay Argus. Retrieved 26 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Performance Audit Report". The Audit Office of New South Wales. n.d. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games" (PDF). NSW Treasury. 1999–2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee (SPOC)". NSW Government State Records. 1 January 2001. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Don't forget 'les autres'". Patrick Barkham. 9 October 2000. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  7. ^ Tremlett, Giles (16 September 2004). "The cheats". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Spain ordered to return golds". BBC Sport. 14 December 2000. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  9. ^ Kettle, Harry (25 April 2017). "Spain's moment of shame: The 2000 Summer Paralympics". The Versed. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  10. ^ a b Brittain, Ian (2010). The Paralympic Games Explained. 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN: Routledge. pp. 74–75.CS1 maint: location (link)
  11. ^ "Is doping a bigger problem at the Paralympic Games than the Olympic Games?". paralympicanorak. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d Brittain, Ian (2012). From Stoke-Mandeville to Stratford: A History of the Summer Paralympic Games. Illinois: Common Ground.
  13. ^ "The Experience". Sydney 2000 Paralympics Organizing Committee. 2000. Archived from the original on 29 February 2000. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Sydney 2000 – General Information". International Paralympic Committee. August 2001. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  15. ^ "A look back at the Sydney Paralympics". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 25 January 2002. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Medal Standings – Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2011.[19]

    In the table below, the approximate number of accredited media at the Paralympic Summer Games from 1992–2008 has been listed.[19]

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had approximately 200 staff in Sydney for the Olympic games, 6 of whom stayed on to cover the Paralympic games. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation aired four one-hour shows of the Paralympic Games after the event was finished.

    TV New Zealand also aired four one-hour specials of the games post event.

    In the United States, CBS broadcast a special called 'Role Models for the 21st Century: The Sydney 2000 Paralympic

    TV New Zealand also aired four one-hour specials of the games post event.

    In the United States, CBS broadcast a special called 'Role Models for the 21st Century: The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games'. The special was two hours long and aired in November.

    The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) allowed viewers the opportunity to express their opinions towards the games. Comments were posted under the heading "Has the Sydney Paralympics been a success?" on their website. One viewer, Carole Neale from England was cited as posting:

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, multiple Paralympic gold medallist for Great Britain, later said of the Sydney Games:

    "Sydney 2000 will always hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who was there. The Aussies love their sport and they treated us simply as sportsmen and women. We weren’t regarded as role models or inspirations, we were competitors. Some of us won gold medals, most didn’t, but, hey, that’s life. Sydney was phenomenal because, from day one, you felt there was something extraordinarily special in the air. Sydney was an athletic Disneyland, it was where magic happened. It probably marked the time and place when Paralympians genuinely became part of the Olympic Movement."[20]
    Games Location Approximate Number
    Barcelona 1500