World Para Athletics Championships: Ella Beaumont

In July 2015 I was introduced to the Media industry and started my journey on the Channel 4 Rio Production training scheme. Channel 4 had decided to train 24 disabled hopefuls on production (So behind the Camera), with the hope of a majority of these individuals being given the opportunity to work on the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. The training scheme, was one of the best years of my life and gave me the opportunity to meet lots of new people, learn about the industry and make lots of contacts for the future. It also gave me the opportunity of a life time, where I was employed to Fly out to Rio last September and work on the Channel 4 coverage for the Paralympic games, giving me the chance to help showcase Paralympic sport and raise the profile of disability sport even further.
Shortly after finishing my degree in Sports coaching at the University of Worcester in May 2017, I was approached by a former colleagues about possible future work back within the media industry. I was asked if I would like to work on the World Para Athletics Championships that were taking part in London in July 2017. Of course I accepted the job, and found myself back at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic stadium for 10 days covering Paralympic sport on Channel 4 once again.
My Job role, was titled ‘Researcher’ and it was my responsibility to make sure that all the presenters, commentators, producers and reports knew everything about Para Athletics, and everything about all the GB hopefuls competing. Channel 4 had been lucky enough to secure a studio that was situated in the stadium itself, overlooking the finish line, meaning the show was being broadcasted from the heart of the action every evening. This meant that my office for 10 days was in the stadium, where I sat in the background of the studio supporting the presenters, and feeding them live updates of results throughout every show.
Despite the long hours and the endless amount of research, being given the opportunity to work on such a prestigious event made the whole experience very special. Live sport can be a lot of high pressure, but being in a stadium where the atmosphere was electric every time a British athlete arrived on the track or field made the experience more breath-taking and helped it to be an experience that I will never forget.
With over 21,000 people watching the para athletics in the stadium, and a further 1 million watching at home on the final weekend, Para sport within the UK has really grown in popularity since London 2012. The public have shown a huge interest for Para sport and Para athletes are beginning to be given the recognition that they deserve. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Paralympic sport, and it’s an honour to be a part of it all.

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