So I sat up until almost 2am again to watch the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Games – ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). I’m glad I did. It was a great opening ceremony — no anticlimax after the main Games, and arguably even better, if different.
It was also just marvellous not to have the ceremony punctuated by commercials! The ABC commentary was better than Channel 7’s had been a month ago, with light touches but genuinely informative — and they knew when to shut up: unlike the commentator in the clip below, I’m afraid. We also found out why Adam Hills was one of the ABC commentators: he himself is missing a foot, something I hadn’t known.
It was heart-stopping seeing that guy hauling himself up hand-over-hand in his wheel-chair!