beyond to change the world

London 2012

Mary Nakhumicha Zakayo

Zakayo, who competes in javelin and shot put F57, has helped changed the face of Paralympic sport in Africa.

"Because of my success in field events more women with disabilities in my community and in Kenya have shown interest in sports," Zakayo said. "People with disabilities, especially women are now getting involved in sports not just in athletics and field events but also in other sports as well like wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.

"The Paralympic Movement is spreading in my country and opens opportunities for people with disabilities and help change the perceptions towards people with disabilities in a positive way."

Michael McKillop

McKillop, who lit up the Olympic Stadium in London with gold-medal winning races in the 800m and 1,500m T37 events, consistently dedicates time to helping and encouraging thousands of school children throughout Ireland. He believes all Paralympians should help promote their own sports and serve as role models for the next generation.