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Inspiration Message: The Effects Of The London Olympic Games

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The summer of 2012 has provided many inspiration messages and will surely go down as one of the most exciting times in recent history – but only if we learn the lessons available.

In June Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Following the phenomenal success of the wedding of her grandson, William, to the glamorous Catherine Middleton, the events surrounding the Jubilee started to engender an enthusiasm and pride in the British people that has been rarely seen for some time.

With foreign nationals swelling the celebrating crowds to over 500,000 and a home television audience peaking at 17 million, it seems the feel good factor was felt all over the country and beyond its shores.

Prior to the events in June, the British people had little confidence and many believed the forthcoming Olympic Games would not succeed. Those watching the slick organisation and technology of the Jubilee celebrations however began to think ‘maybe we can do it.’

So 27 July arrived and with it the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. The show was refreshingly well staged and impressed many who had doubted Britain could match the spectacular events surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

And yet we had all misjudged the stunning inspiration messages we were to receive over the next seventeen days of the Olympic Games. Ninety percent of the British population watched the Games and an estimated 4 billion worldwide watched as the drama unfolded.

Every day new inspiration messages were witnessed. Laura Trott was born with a collapsed lung and asthma and was told to take up sport to regulate her breathing. Laura won two Gold medals in track cycling. Joanna Rowsell also won Gold in the cycling velodrome and removed her helmet to show she has no hair. Joanna suffers from alopecia and happily champions on behalf of others with the same condition. She shows that wearing a wig can be glamorous.

On the last day of competition, Modern Pentathlon Silver medal winner, Samantha Murray, was being interviewed when she turned to the camera and said “If you have a goal, anything you want to achieve in life, don’t let anyone get in your way because you can do it.” Words of motivation indeed.

But if we thought the Olympic Games had given us inspiration messages, nobody had considered the effect the following Paralympic games would have.

The Paralympians, who took our collective breath away between 29 August and 9 September, provided hourly examples of inspiration messages that took away all our excuses. The two personalities beloved by the media before the Games, Ellie Simmonds, already the winner of two swimming Gold medals in Beijing (at the age of 13) and Oscar Pistorius, who has dominated Paralympic running for several years, went ahead and won more medals. Ellie is a big personality in a diminutive form and has achondroplesia dwarfism whilst Oscar had his legs removed below the knee when a baby and runs on blades.

Sophie Christiansen was born with severe cerebral palsy and fought to live. At the age of six she found an affinity with horses. Her talent was recognised and she won two Gold medals in Beijing. Like Ellie Simmonds, Sophie was awarded the MBE by the Queen and earned a Masters degree in mathematics. During the London Paralympic Games she won three more Gold medals: another great inspiration message.

Harriet Lee suffers from Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a condition involving enlarged organs and an increased risk of cancer, and four months ago she was rushed into intensive care. Fortunately she was released in time for the Paralympic Games but then fell ill on the first day of competition. Despite all this, Lee engaged in a duel with Russian swimmer Nina Ryabova in the 100 metres breaststroke and won the bronze medal. “It’s been a hard slog to get here and to finish off the year with a medal is quite emotional,” she told reporters afterwards.

But inspiration messages were not only found among the athletes. Seventy thousand volunteers were on hand to ensure both sets of Games went smoothly and that athletes and spectators enjoyed the experience.

These ‘Games Makers’ received particular praise from many people for their cheerful hard work but none were more deserving of plaudits than Liam Conlen from Essex, whose job it was to meet two cyclists from the small African country of Burkina Faso. Sadly the arrangements for the two athletes went wrong and they had no support and nowhere to go. Seeing the problem, Liam simply took the three men in the party home with him to his parents’ house while two women were housed in a nearby convent.

The local community also gathered round to help; the local school offered training facilities to the group and a local company helped upgrade their bicycles to competition specification. The two Burkina Faso cyclists did not win any medals but the town of Abridge in Essex won a lot more.

The British athletes, known as ‘TeamGB,’ won more medals than ever before and the hearts of a nation. And yet the lessons and inspiration messages of London 2012 are relevant to everyone, no matter in what country they are or their physical condition.

I was lucky enough to visit the Olympic Park during the Paralympic games and can tell you that the atmosphere was completely positive, enjoyable and full of inspiration messages. But the attitude did not stop there, an aura of confidence and positivity has covered the country. Sadly the politicians and media have been slow to realize this but for the first time in history this does not matter.

The Internet now means that people can express their views to each other without interference. As with the so-called Arab Spring, we can all take control and say ‘We want to be proud of our country and be part of the world community too.’ We have seen inspiration messages and examples of great courage and strength and realize there are no longer any excuses. We no longer have to take the lead from politicians or the press but can dictate what we want our world to look like.

Every one of us has seen that we can take control of our own lives and through words of motivation become the best we can be. Just as the events in London were lit by a flame, it is up to us to carry the torch, the spirit of what we have seen, forward to benefit everyone in Britain and everyone around the world.


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