British paralympic chief gives lesson to kids in Kitakyushu


The head of the British Paralymic Association expressed hope Monday that the Paralympic Games will inspire people with disabilities, during a class for Japanese elementary school children.

“I believe sport is wonderful, also very powerful and can make (a) difference in bigger things in society,” Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive officer of the association, told about 100 fourth-grade pupils at Nishikokura Elementary School in Kitakyushu.

“The challenge always is to support the athletes but also to be driving that (athletes’) inspiration for disabled people,” he also said.

In the British-style lesson, Hollingsworth used a video on sports for people with disabilities and answered questions from the children, who listened closely.

The municipal school is one of those in Japan that have been designated for the promotion of education on the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

After meeting with the children, Hollingsworth, who played a key role in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, delivered a speech on Paralympic education at the Kitakyushu International Conference Center.