The Paralympics closing ceremony raised the bar for national celebrations. This Summer has made us all proud to be British and will hopefully and truly inspire a generation.
The 100 metres final last week was amazing. It was one of the highlights of this huge summer of sport and equally as good viewing as the Olympic 100 metres.If we were looking for the sport that put the Paralympics firmly on the map we found it. I was playing in a dodgeball tournament with 5 different nationalities. All play stopped when the athletes lined up and we all crowded round the TV to watch it. Everyone was enthralled.
Looking at the athletes on the start line, could only be described as looking like a scene from a sci fi movie. The race had everything, tension, hype and 10.9 seconds of pure thrilling entertainment.
Wasn’t it refreshing that it wasn’t just Jamaica v USA as we’ve become accustomed to in Olympic finals? We had representation from Brazil, South Africa, USA, China and obviously our GBR hero Jonnie Peacock. He also helped awareness of more runners than just Oscar Pistourious, who was the only sprinter I knew before the games.
I can’t wait for the blades to advance so they eventually run under 10 seconds. In fact I’d like to see them run under 9 seconds and just keep smashing world records. Surely the technology is in its infancy and we have so much more to come.
My theory is they should stop worrying about blade length v body proportions. Let them find the optimum length for the maximum performance. You might end up with very tall competitors, but eventually the blades will get too long and be detrimental to their performance.
It does amuse me when the losers talk about ‘fair’ when you have so many different forms of disability stood on the start line. There is nothing fair about the Paralympics, just amazing athletes pushing the boundaries of human endeavour.
I think we’ve truly witnessed the greatest summer of sport ever this year and I’ve been watching this on Freesat and not paying a penny. Wimbledon seems like years ago now. Euro2012 is ancient history. So many highs, from Mo, to Jessica, to Andy Murray to Sarah Storey – they’re household names now. We can be proud of our Olympics and Paralympics and proud of our athletes who competed in them.
Though I think they’re going to have to cancel the Sports Personality of the Year this year, how do you pick a winner from so many great candidates?