Podcast – Human Rights and the Olympics

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoChristchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand’s only specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.

With the Rio Olympics due to start next month, this episode discusses human rights in the sporting context and touches on subjects such as –

  • The portrayal of sportswomen in the media
  • Paralympics and breaking down barriers of perceptions of able-bodied and disabled people
  • Human rights abuses perpetrated in the lead-up to and during Olympic Games
  • Steps taken by the International Olympic Committee to redress these abuses
  • The world of elite gymnastics

The panel for this show includes Sally Carlton, Roslyn Kerr from Lincoln University, whose research looks at the world of elite gymnastics, Ashley Abbott from the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and Barbara Kendall, five-time Olympian and member of the International Olympic Committee. This discussion is preceded by an interview with William Stedman, New Zealand’s youngest Paralympian for Rio 2016.

 

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The Christchurch Marathon

Central Library Peterborough will be a tad more athletic than usual on Sunday, 31 May as the annual Christchurch Marathon takes place. The library is on the marathon route, at the beginning of the course as runners make their way from the Cathedral Square start towards Hagley park, and at the end of the race as they head back to The Square for the big finish.

The route of the Christchurch marathon has changed in recent years due to the earthquakes. It started in 1981 as the same course run during the 1974 Commonwealth Games, the one that saw Brit, Ian Thompson run the second fastest marathon of all time, (2 hrs, 9 mins, 12 secs). Forty years later this is still the fastest marathon ever run in New Zealand and the Christchurch Marathon continues to have a reputation as a “fast and flat” course.

Central Library Peterborough will be open as usual on Sunday but access from the street will be pedestrian only until 2pm. Library visitors will need to park further away than usual and walk to the library (but at least it won’t be 26 miles, so that’s something to be thankful for).

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