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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Inspiring Paralympics

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to head to The Paralympics to watch the evening athletics. I've been absolutely glued to the events aired on the TV and was really looking forward to being there.
I've heard lots of people say what an experience it is to be there and I can vouch that's absolutely true. It was rather like arriving at a theme park only without the sad faces waiting in long queues. As soon as we arrived in Victoria there were volunteers ready with directions and pink signage all the way to the Olympic stadium. The Olympic spirit really did come for the games makers.

Once inside, it was great to watch the events. There was so much going on it was hard to know where to look. We were lucky enough to see Team GB get a silver and a bronze, but there other great highlights. I thought I'd share the bit I will remember and may not have made the headlines quite as much as some other events.
Getting ready for the T11 100m final
My favourite moment was the T11 100m final. It was very apparent that the runners had a great relationship with their guides.
Get Set

Go!!

The race was fantastic with the Brazilians getting Gold, Silver & Bronze, but what really put a smile on my face was the medal ceremony. Each medalist had there own unique way of taking to their podium with their guide. The Bronze and Silver Medalists were carried by their guide whilst the gold medalist danced up with her guide...

What really got me though was seeing their emotion as there national anthem played. It was hard not to be moved by the moment... I nearly joined Terezinha Guilhermina in shedding a tear.
It truely was a great celebration and I'm so glad I got to go. Not only to see the athletics, but also to see the amount of regeneration that has gone into Stratford, the area I lived in when I studied my degree. It's unrecognisable from the way it was a decade ago and I really hope the facilities there continue to be used in the ínspire a generation ethos. Looking forward to Rio already!

6 comments:

  1. Excellent post, Catherine. I'd loved to have gone. Thank you for sharing :-) The Paralympians are amazing.
    Laura x

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    1. The coverage on the TV has been great, but it would be well worth visiting the venue when it hosts future events xx

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  2. Wonderful photos - I feel like I've actually been there now. The Paralympics were so inspiring.

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    1. It was fantastic, Talli! With every race a wall of cheers followed the participants around! Cx

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  3. Yes it was a fantastic and uplifting experience. We went on Friday to the daytime session, and I'm really glad to have been there.

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    1. It was great, Jean. Glad to hear you got there. Would have stayed if I could ;)

      C x

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