Today' news, tomorrow's lesson - Record-breaking success shapes Team GB's Paralympic start

The GB paralympic team bagged two gold medals on the first day of competition.

Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 31 August

Record-breaking success shapes Team GB's Paralympic start

The GB paralympic team bagged two gold medals on the first day of competition.

Sarah Storey broke the world record to secure her gold medal in the C5 individual pursuit track cycling yesterday afternoon. Formerly a Paralympic swimmer Storey won five gold medals for the sport, before switching to cycling after winning two golds at Beijing. The proud champion tweeted: 'I get to sleep with something very special tonight' and included a proud photo of her medal.

Cycling team mate Mark Colbourne won silver in the C1-2-3 1km time trial.

GB also made a splash in the pool with a gold medal for Jonathan Fox in 100m backstroke –S7 and silvers for Hannah Russell and Nyree Kindred in the 400m freestyle –S12 and 100m backstroke –S6 respectively.

Currently Team GB is third in the medal table, behind Australia in second and China in first place.

Questions for discussion

For primary:

  • How does it make you feel when you hear about Team GB winning medals?
  • What would be a good way for our school to show its support for Team GB's Paralympic athletes?

For secondary:

  • Do you think that hosting the Paralympics might change the way that we view disability in this country?
  • In your opinion, how important is winning?

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