What a fabulous week or so it has been for encountering inspiring people. People challenging us all to focus on what we CAN do rather than on what we cannot do.
Unusually for me, I have been glued to the telly, soaking up night after night of the paralympic events. And what a feast it has been. It was great knowing someone competing in the games though disappointing not to see her actual races as they had no live coverage. Well done to Karen Darke on her Silver – and in my book, her Bronze too. For those who missed it, Karen came in joint third with her team-mate and training pal in the hand cycle race Rachel Morris. They held hands, crossing the line together, however, judges decided there had to be a winner so Rachel s got a well-deserved Bronze but not Karen.
This wonderful spirit shown by Karen and Rachel epitomised the games in many ways. Two people who have shared much in the past year and trained unimaginably hard celebrated their success in style. Each supported the other. Support in hard times is so important. Support in good times is equally important. With support, so much more is possible.
Almost every athlete has spoken on the value of support from coaches, friends and family as well as the support from you and I the public. So what ever it is you are facing, look around you and see what support is there for you and also who may appreciate your support too. We can all be winners with support.