The can-do paralympian
Published 8 October 2012
Paralympian Alexandra Rickham showed off her bronze medal during a lecture she gave to teaching students at the University of Brighton.
She was invited to the university's Falmer campus by education senior lecturer Sue Lynch, whose son Marcus coached Alexandra and her sailing partner Niki Birrell. Third year teacher training students have started a module 'developing inclusive practice' which is concerned with understanding additional learning needs, and postgraduate certificate in education students are learning about diversity and disability.
Paralympic medallist Alexandra Rickham with Sue Lynch
Alexandra spoke about her learning experiences after she was injured in a shallow diving accident, as a disabled child, a young adult at school and her experiences in the work place.
Sue Lynch said: "Students were in awe of her achievement and there has been a definite sea change in many students' views on disability, with a can-do approach being taken on board."
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