STUDENTS at Belvoir Special School were beamed via video link into the athlete’s village in London yesterday for a chat with one of their Paralympic heroes.
Javelin thrower Madeleine Hogan, who has a left-arm limb deficiency, took a barrage of probing questions from the excited group, giving an great insight into life as an elite athlete and Paralympian.
When asked by one of the students about what was the best thing about being at the Paralympics, she answered that other than the chance to get on the medal podium, the food at the athlete’s village had to be the highlight.
“What do you want? Because I can get it for you,” the Beijing bronze medallist joked.
“Village life is very cool. It’s probably the furthest thing from normality you can expect, with so many athletes from all different countries around — and everything is free.”
This answer was met with great appreciation by the audience, as was the revelation she goes to bed at 9pm or 10pm, and gets up at 5am when she is in an intense-training period.
But her disclosure that she is a Melbourne Demons supporter in answer to a question about AFL allegiances had a more mixed response.
The event was brought to the school by Telstra as part of their Paralympic Education Program.
Belvoir students have a link up with our Paralympians in London.
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