Ukraine's paralympians took part in the spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday, knowing that they achieved their best medals total since Ukraine began competing independently. They go home with 84 medals: 32 gold, 24 silver and 28 bronze, in 4th place in the medals table, just behind Russia and GB and have shown that they are amongst the world leaders in paralympic sport.

They provided some unforgettable examples of sporting dedication and excellence, with particular successes in the pool and in athletics, but also in cycling, judo, rowing and shooting - breaking World, European and Paralympic records in the process. Two paralympians, Nataliya Prologayeva and Maksym Veraksa go home with 3 gold and 1 silver medal apiece; Yenhen Bohodayko won 2 gold and 2 silvers in swimming, Roman Pavlyk had 2 gold and 2 silvers in athletics while Yuriy Tsaruk and Ihor Dementyev won 2 gold medals each, in athletics and cycling respectively. 

Their success is due both to their own commitment and efforts and to the inspiration of the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee's chair, Valeriy Sushkevych, who is Ukraine's leading campaigner for paralympic sport and for the rights of disabled people. He has said before that their main victory is in overcoming prejudice and inequality and in using paralympic success to eliminate discrimination against disabled people in Ukraine.

We say au revoir to the paralympic team and wish them every success in the future.

Ukrayinska Dumka


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