Inclusion was truly the spirit at the Commonwealth Games 2018!
The Commonwealth Games that happened in 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia was a remarkable event that was all about inclusion.
This year, there were 300 para-athletes that took part in the sports event. This was 73% higher than the number of para-athletes that participated in the last Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.
Australian para-athlete Kailyn Jospeh says that she had a great experience at the Commonwealth Games. The 15-year-old para-athlete who has cerebral palsy is a long jumper from Australia. She gleams with happiness when she speaks about how her country did well at the Commonwealth Games.
The reason why Kailyn felt even happier is that she has not felt the sense of inclusion anywhere else! The para-athlete says that she is happy that people are recognizing her for her talents and is not merely noticing her for her disability.
The last 11 days at the Commonwealth Games witnessed para-athletes and abled-bodied athletes come together for the love of sports. The trophies for both categories were kept on the same table showing what inclusion really is!