Olympic Dreams - 10.30am Sunday 21st October
Read Maddie's profile on Channel 4's website
|17 year old Maddie Thompson from the Hope Valley is the youngest member of the Team GB Paralympic Women's Wheelchair Basketball Squad.
Single amputee Maddie first became involved with Wheelchair Basketball after meeting former GB player Callum Gordon when she was 10 years old. She was invited to a Sheffield Steelers training session where she has become a regular member of the team as she immediately fell in love with the speed and high-impact nature of the sport.
Having now established herself as a regular player at international level, Maddie became the youngest Wheelchair Basketball player to represent her country when she represented GB in the under-22 European Championships in Adana, Turkey in July 2008 when she was just 13 years old. She went on to be selected for the Senior GB team at the 2009 European Championships aged 14, and returned with a bronze medal.
Maddie was also part of the team that finished in 6th place at the 2010 World Championships in Birmingham, UK and has represented GB at every BT Paralympic World Cup since 2009, being part of a successful campaign in 2011, when the team won gold.
Recently, Madeleine helped GB to a bronze medal at the Under-25s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Ontario, Canada, losing out only to eventual winners America and runners-up Australia.
Listen to Maddie talk about dealing with the pressure, combining school and training and how the Paralympics have changed attitudes to disability in our Heason Events podcast interview.
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Following Maddie's talk we'll show...
|Rollerman (7 mins)
Full-frontal, downhill, on-road, in-line skating dressed as a Transformer - it's as nuts as it sounds. French thrill-seeker Jean Yves Blondeau manages to top trump his bobtrack downhill skate-boarding.
Director / Producer Danny Strasser (German, 2011)
|Dougie Down The Pet (18 mins)
An endearing feel-good tale of a father and son bonding on a classic whitewater canoe trip down Canada's Petawawa River. Guided by Dad, four year old Dougie runs challenging rapids, climbs cliffs, fishes for his supper and camps in sub-zero temperatures. A touching but also thought-provoking look at the benefits of exposing children to risk from an early age.
|The Longest Way (5 mins)
An endurance film with a twist. Christoph Rehage tells the story of his 1000 mile walk across China over mountains and blazing hot deserts in a captivating time-lapse montage made up of 1,400 self-portraits with the timeline and emotion conveyed by his beard and hair growth. The people and landscapes in the background of each shot provide a colourful portrayal of the interior of this enormous yet little explored country.
|To The Rainbow (14 mins)
Paul Pritchard was one of Britain's most talented and outrageous climbers in the late eighties. A head injury sustained while climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania left Paul with hemiplegia.
Now, 13 years on, he makes an emotional return to climbing, on The Rainbow, in North Wales. Teaming up with his old climbing partner, Johnny Dawes, they tackle a slabby E2. Inspirational.
|Blue Peter Alaskan Adventure (10 mins)
Blue Peter presenters head into the heart of an Alaskan glacier via a moulin, an under-ice cave, waterfall and channel. Shiveringly good photography of a dangerous environment. (Producer Mary Albion)
|Zoltan (5 mins)
In the unforgiving and harsh world of high-stakes competitive extreme sports, there's always someone with a sense of humour. Ifyou've ever wrestled with the indiginity of riding an inflatable on your summer holidays, you'll love this.
We've put on two special Young Adventurers Programmes at BAF after seeing hundreds of children run out of our sell-out Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Young Adventurers screenings jumping for joy and keen to get on their bikes, skateboards and scooters.
These morning programme are suitable for kids, teenagers and grown ups who wish they were still kids!
The speakers and films have been selected mainly with primary school age in mind but we're confident that they will also be enjoyed by older children and adults too.