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Headline Challenge for Former Champion Gymnast



Ability Today has announced that Lauren Lethbridge has been chosen to represent its Academy for Disabled Journalists (ADJ) at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.


Lauren, 28, who recently gained her Certificate in Foundation Journalism, will join the press corps covering the games in August.


Born at 26 weeks, and later in life diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Lauren is a former British disability gymnastics champion.


"We are immensely proud of Lauren and thrilled to see her embark on this remarkable journey to the Paris 2024 Paralympics," said Grant Logan, Founder of social enterprise Ability Today.


"Her achievements exemplify the spirit of determination and excellence that we aim to foster in our students at the ADJ."


The ADJ, now in its fifth year of partnership with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), offers unique accessible Diploma and entry-level (CFJ) online courses designed to equip disabled students with the skills and confidence needed to pursue a career in journalism.


With more than 90 individuals empowered to pursue successful media careers through the ADJ, success stories like Lauren’s are not uncommon and demonstrate the impact of Ability Today’s support in breaking down barriers and creating pathways to success for disabled individuals.


"We've only just scratched the surface of what's possible," said Mr Logan, himself disabled after a road accident.


"There's still a massive lack of talent behind the scenes in newsrooms and production companies. The journalism industry is tough to crack, and for journalists with disabilities, the barriers are even higher."


To learn more about Ability Today and the Academy for Disabled Journalists, visit  www.abilitytoday.com.

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