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Loughborough Paralympic film to be broadcast on Channel 4

14 August 2012

An independent film capturing the life story of one of our medal hopes for the London 2012 Paralympic Games is to be shown on Channel 4 on Saturday 18th and Tuesday 28th August.

BEN – a film by Dr John Edwards follows the story of sprinter Ben Rushgrove who won a silver medal in the T36 100 metres at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, just three weeks after breaking his foot. 

Not only was the film shot and produced by a Loughborough academic, the documentary also demonstrates how the University’s Sport Technology Institute played a role in supporting Ben through his injury ravaged career.

Ben was born with cerebral palsy and his parents were informed by doctors that he may never be able to walk. But Ben has managed to defy the odds not only in battling his disability, but also developing into a world class athlete.

Speaking about the film, Dr John Edwards said:

“It’s been a great privilege to work with such an inspirational athlete and to gain a unique insight into his life.  I hope the film sheds light just what it takes to become a Paralympian. I want the world to know that, for these guys, training to achieve glory at London 2012 means battling hard every day on many fronts.”

Paralympic athlete Ben Rushgrove said:

“My hope is that the film will inspire people to find out more about the Paralympics, and show the hard work and commitment of the athletes involved. As you watch the film and my story, I hope it questions some of the prejudices and causes people to think about disability in a new way."

BEN will be shown on Channel 4 on Saturday 18th August at 7am, and on the eve of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony at half past midnight on Tuesday 28th August.

A trailer of the film is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt2R2xgZrgQ

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