Pascoe upset over lack of TV coverage
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 8:06a.m.
The London Paralympic Games were the most successful ever, and New Zealand’s medal haul of 17 puts it just short of the team’s record set in Atlanta in 1996.
Paralympian Sophie Pascoe says she is more than happy with her person medal haul of six medals.
“I went in there wanting to do personal bests in every race. That’s all you can do, and I’ve definitely come out with my goals achieved,” she says.
Pascoe says the crowd support was overwhelming.
“We were in a crowd of 17,000 people in the pool every day, and if you were from New Zealand they were cheering you on just as hard as their own country, and it was an amazing feeling,” she says.
“When you went out there and the crowd was going so wild it just motivated you more, just the adrenalin pump really went through you, it was great.”
However she says the lack of TV coverage back home in New Zealand was disappointing, and that Paralympians deserve the same recognition as Olympians.
“I see myself on an equal par with able bodies, and I train with them. We train just as hard, we’re elite athletes,” she says.
Pascoe says she expects media coverage will change as awareness about disabilities increases in society.
Watch the video for Firstline’s interviews with the Paralympians
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14/09/2012 1:19:21 p.m.
Disappointed arm chair sports fan wrote:
Sky Television did a fantastic job for the Winter Paralympics coverage 2 years ago when they had a crew up in Vancouver... so much so that they won an international award for their coverage. Well done SKY! Given this, it's hard to understand why they did not put more effort in to the London Paralympics coverage. During the Olympics it was reported that they had over 50 Sky reporters/crew in London covering the event but for the Paralympics I understand there were none... that's right a big ZERO. They did such a great job for the Olympics and I thought that with the fantastic lead up docos on the Paralympic Team etc, and the hype Sky was making about the Paralympics, that Sky was going to put on an awesome show for the Paras. Instead Sky seems to have taken the standard highlight feed released by International Paralympics and placed this into the programming - little, to no NZ focus, that's why there was minimal NZ athlete coverage and certainly no medal ceremonies when our Kiwi athletes won Gold. Very disappointing SKY! The reason published from Sky for this was that their research of past events showed little interest Paralympic coverage...and therefore little value return... again I find this hard to believe given the positive feedback from the Winter Paralympics. Beijing coverage was played late at night by Sky so that might explain the limited viewer numbers however there was tremendous negative press and feedback from the general public about the disappointing coverage/late time slot back then too... and when it was on free-to-air TV during the Athens Games, the 5.30pm slot had the highest viewer numbers for that time slot. I'm not an expert on TV editing but I believe with minimal effort, Sky could have taken the broadcast feeds from the Paralympics for the NZ athlete events, re-cut them downunder and added some NZ commentary ... something like that with a half hr highlight programme on Prime and I think the NZ Public would have be praising Sky's coverage rather than all this criticism. Please SKY, be brave for Rio... I'm not suggesting 24 hrs of events or multiple live channels...but with 3 or 4 hours on 1 channel at peak time, with a NZ flavour/commentary like Vancouver, you might just be surprised on the viewer uptake and response.
13/09/2012 2:45:24 p.m.
The lack of live cover and the amount of cover given overall was extremely disappointing. Almost without exception the events were top sport at its best and highly watch able. Shame on Sky which had the rights for its failure to recognise sport when it sees it
13/09/2012 11:57:39 a.m.
I agree, the paralympics are as important as the normal ones and should have full coverage too. The athletes must feel like they didn't matter which sux. All we got was news reports........
13/09/2012 11:34:00 a.m.
We should have had coverage of the Paralympics as well. Our athletes deserved nothing less. Why do they not get the same treatment as the Olympics? Shameful. We are all so proud of their achievements!!
13/09/2012 11:17:59 a.m.
has any one asked the holder of the free to air rights, prime, why they didnt bother to cover it
13/09/2012 11:05:11 a.m.
Gary Wills wrote:
Britian's Channel 4, a privatly owned broadcaster had live and extensive coverage of the Paralympics. New Zealand only had high lighrs on the National News and some coverage on SKY. And the best the both networks can do is make reality programmes. What a disgrace and an embrassement.
13/09/2012 10:55:27 a.m.
I agree with her. It seems that if its not rugby then coverage is limited. Not every one is into rugby & the All Blacks. Give other sports a fair go.
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