Hannah Carver: ‘inspirational’

I find that I’m running out of synonyms for “incredible” and “inspirational”. There is no other way to describe the surreal-ness of being given the opportunity to be at a Games. Especially the Paralympics.

Right before your eyes are unbelievably elite athletes overcoming physical barriers. Their experiences, their stories and their accomplishments need to be highlighted. That’s why I feel so privileged to be at the Paralympics.

Sure, history was made and shared at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and it should be no less at the Paralympic Games.

To quote Canadian Paralympian Alex Dupont, “I don’t think one is better than the other – one just has more limbs.”

Although the focus is undoubtedly on the events, I can’t help but reflect on how this experience has shaped my journalistic abilities. There is no better way to learn than being thrown into the middle of the action. Hearing the inspiring stories of the athletes only makes me want to work harder so they can be told.

Being able to work alongside professionals in mixed zones and media centres has polished my skills. Working with demanding deadlines and under fantastic editors (shout out to you, Tim. And Malcolm that one time…) was a great taste of what my future could hold.

In gratitude of having this opportunity, my goal is to share to the best of my ability what I am fortunate enough to witness here.

Beleza and obrigada.