Paralympics provides opportunity to grow new athletes

Published: Nov. 14, 2011 at 3:53 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2011 at 4:48 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Paralympic Experience gave a chance for people with disabilities to show how they can shine in the sports world.

The Marion Diehl Recreation Center on Tyvola Road drew athletes of all ages this weekend, from children to adults.

People got to try cycling, archery, kayaking, but swimming was the most popular sport.

"On land their movements are a little choppy, their legs and arms may not work quite as well," said Paralympic Cyclist Aaron Trent.  "But you put them in a pool...all these barriers are just gone," he said.

Trent say some people are trying a sport for the first time. He hopes some gain confidence and take their experience to the next level.

The Paralympics is affiliated with the Olympic Games.

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