Last week, I wrote in defense of a high school coach who cut a disabled player from the baseball team. This week, I’m switching it up, writing in defense of disabled athletes. (Just keeping you on your toes, readers!) Specifically, I’m supporting competitors in the Paralympics, a highly competitive, international sporting event for elite disabled athletes (no, that’s not an oxymoron) that occurs every two years. Like the Olympics, the Paralympics have summer and winter Games, and like Olympians, Paralympians are the best in their field, and they work hard to stay on top.
Someone should explain this to Michael Laws, a politician in New Zealand who also heads a radio broadcast. The Howard-Stern-wannabe took to his radio show to opine about the Halberg Awards (ie: the Kiwi equivalent of the ESPYs), saying that Paralympic athletes should not be eligible for these honors.