After the strangest Olympics in recent history, the Tokyo Paralympic starting line is getting closer. As the UK Paralympics broadcaster, Channel 4 has been busy drumming up anticipation with a smart outdoor and print campaign.
Using eye-catching colors, one of the posters is a twist on the social etiquette children learn from a young age – that it’s rude to stare. Considering Paralympians need the nation’s support, the smart copy tells them to do the total opposite, championing the athletes competing later this month.
Other ads in the campaign include 'like the Olympic 800m, but faster) and 'sub 2hr marathons? We do those sitting down'.
The posters are in line with this year’s ‘Superhuman’ campaign, which plays on the premise that to be a Paralympian, there’s got to be something wrong with you.
While previous editions have focused on the superhuman ability of Paralympians, this year Channel 4 served a more gritty look at the trials and tribulations of competing at the Games.
“We spotted an opportunity to present Paralympians in a way they hadn’t been shown before – by pointing a camera at the realities of their lives and, as with any elite athlete, the sacrifices they make in pursuit of greatness,” explained Lynsey Atkin, 4Creative’s exec creative director, on capturing the blood, sweat, sacrifices and dedication it takes.
Executive Creative Director: Lynsey Atkin
Deputy Executive Creative Director: Eoin McLaughlin
Creative: Scott Taylor & Andy Shrubsole
Head of Production: James Turnham / Miketta Lane
Executive Producer: Shananne Lane
Campaign Producer: Louise Oliver
Campaign Producer: Fiona Wright
Producer: Shizuka Hata
Senior Project Manager: Olivia Emmerson
Design Director: Tim Fellowes
Designer: Sarah Jones
Artworker: Steffan Morgan
CMO: Zaid Al-Qassab
Head of Marketing: Penny Brough, Nic Moran, Laura Ward-Smith, James Walker
Marketing Lead: Laura Woodcock
Marketing Executive: Victoria Cheng
Business Director: Jane English
Senior Planner: James Hamilton
Media Agency: OMD