This summer has been remarkable for sporting events, no more so than the 2016 Sidcot Pre-season Orientation Camp! This past weekend saw over 60 of our keenest students take part in both physical and mental training to kick start their bodies and prepare their minds for the forthcoming programme of representative games.
The success of our camp made me think about the extraordinary efforts of our Paralympic athletes currently competing in Rio. We talk to our young people about managing their time and ensuring they are able to find a balance between their sporting ambitions and educational priorities, however we have to look no further than the Paralympic Games to find inspiration and role models for our young people.
The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games have seen the second-biggest attendance ever, after London 2012 which in itself is astonishing, with some of the feats witnessed during the Games has been breathe taking, no more so than the T13 1,500m.
Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka claimed victory – but incredibly the top four finishers achieved quicker times than the Olympic Games gold medallist, American Matthew Centrowitz.
So, when we talk to our young people about determination and endeavour, let’s have at the forefront of our minds these incredible human beings that have not only overcome impairments, they have surpassed them.
“The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person's determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
Director of Sports Development