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Interview: Paralympics GB coach Paula Dunn on how to give sports training to people with learning disabilities

Former sprinter and Paralympics coach Paula Dunn overseas the training of the British athletes competing at the World Para Athletics Championships in London this week. Learning Disability Today caught up with Paula to find out how she approaches training T20 athletes: athletes with intellectual disabilities. Building patterns “Training T20 athletes is really difficult because they struggle so much with tactics,” Paula says. “You can’t say to them, ‘take the first lap easy’, because they won’t understand that. And you can’t say to them, ‘go as hard as you can from the gun’, because they won’t understand that concept either.” Paula believes


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