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An Oscar performance

• Published on 12 Dec. 2012 • Category :Sport • Tags : sport disability 2012

As well as being a show stopping performer, Oscar Pistorius has successfully taken on a role to break down barriers surrounding the perception of Paralympic sports - and told delegates at Doha GOALS of his mission to extend this practically through work with his foundation to make prosthetic limbs available in inaccessible areas of Africa.

"Of the limbs distributed in Africa, less than six per cent are in use after three years but now we will be launching a new foot next year that is heat resistant, durable and will last between nine to 12 years," he said.

Offering up the opportunity for CSR sponsorship, he said it cost less than €300,000 for a 4WD vehicle chassis and laboratory, enabling limbs to be fitted in just three hours without need for attendance at a rehabilitation clinic.

Turning the London Olympics and his historic race, Pistorius said the Games had transformed the way the world saw the Paralympic athletes: "The British are very forward thinking and the staging of the Games there meant people were educated to see it as a professional sports competition," he said.

"They stopped looking at disabilities and looked at competitors, and now some Paralympians are household names due to London."


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