After a weekend of olympic glory in so many different sports apart from our “national” game perhaps it’s time to forget that big round ball, those Tangos, Jabulanis and Aztecas from Adidas and admire the true corinthians. Find a pommel horse or a rowing boat. Sign up for your local running club, buy a racket and join the tennis club, get on your bike, learn how to sail. Find your inner sensei and buy some sturdy pyjamas, put on those golden gloves, use your fascination for guns in a constructive way. The time for inspiration is now!
If you want to see courage and inspiration look no further than the cyclist, Joanna Rowsell who suffers from alopecia, imagine how having a name like Bradley Wiggins must have gone down at school and Mo Farrah, a child refugee from war torn Somalia, who wanted to give something back to the country that gave hime refuge
When I was a kid, the overgrown old factory sports field behind our house was worn smooth by kids playing, riding motley bikes around improvised tracks, bamboo canes would be borrowed from allotment sheds to improvise high jumps or hurdles, long jump pits and sprint lanes would be marked out. All inspired by a few short black and white hours of small screen from Tokyo or Rome.
It’s time to claim back those school sports fields, accept competitive sport back into schools, stop whinging about independent school’s better resources and start making a difference. The success of 2012 lies not only with the outstanding performances of all those various athletes but also with the great coaches and organisers such as cycling coach messiah, Dave Brailsford and other less well known heroes like Manchester boxing legend Brian Hughes
What a great weekend it was to see Britain on it’s feet cheering in the open air without a sniff of Simon Cowell, enjoying themselves doing something other than shopping, watching Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in straight sets. Maybe the Olympics will kick start a change in our society after all. I sincerely hope that sales of Wiis bomb and Olympics 2012 for the Xbox gets remaindered.