In the lounge with the Paralympians: Join our talk on how the Paralympics helped us to rethink disability
Celebrate what would have been the first week of the Tokyo Paralympics - Join us for an exclusive event and hear from two Team GB Paralympians.
About this Event
SeeAbility invites you to join two exceptional Para-athletes and hear their personal stories, plus together with SeeAbility trustee, Deborah Hale MBE who organised the Olympic and Paralympic Torch relays in London 2012, discuss how the Paralympics has challenged perceptions of people with disabilities. Hear their perspectives on how accessible we are as a society and what we can do to be more inclusive.
Olivia (Livvy) contracted a meningitis type illness shortly after birth which left her with cerebral palsy, hearing impaired and some learning difficulties.
Olivia has competed for Team GB at the London and Rio Paralympic Games and won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay in London. In 2017 she became T38 World long jump champion and in 2018 T38 Commonwealth long jump champion. Olivia is hoping to compete at her third Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2021.
Millie had lost the majority of her sight by the age of 6, but never let this stop her from skiing, which she loved.
Since 2016, Millie has raced with her guide, Brett Wild, a Royal Navy skier who has been granted a special release to guide her on her Paralympic journey. Together they have competed in two Paralympic Games, becoming bronze medallists in three disciplines in the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang. Their focus in now on competing in the Paralympic games in Beijing 2022.
Deborah Hale MBE
Much of Deborah’s career has been in marketing and communications, and major events in both the UK and internationally. As Head of International Marketing for London Unlimited, she was responsible for the London House in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. This led to her role as Producer of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays, for which she received her MBE.
After leaving the Organising Committee she became Business Marketing Director for Facebook in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She now runs her own company, Brightpath Communications Limited.