Monday, 29 July 2013

Team GB Heroes

I doubt I will ever get bored of thinking and talking about the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. Living in London and feeling 'part of it' made every minute of last summer feel exciting. 

I was lucky enough to attend a number of Olympic events: the football final, a night of athletics and the wonderful (but very long!) Closing Ceremony; and also a night of Paralympic athletics. It was brilliant to have a good look at the Olympic Park, sit in the stadium and wonder at how it all had all come together since London won the bid in 2005.

And certainly all those gold, silver and bronze medals won by Team and Paralympics GB made it even more memorable!

On the last night of both the Olympics and Paralympics I felt extremely proud to be both British and a Londoner.

This weekend I was thrilled to be back in Stratford attending all three days of the Anniversary Games

The atmosphere in the stadium was electric and I was right in thinking that the biggest cheers would go to our Team GB heroes. 

Usain Bolt may be the fastest man in the world but everyone stood up and clapped non-stop when Mo Farah entered the track and kept going as he won the 3000m race with ease. Whilst the slow-clapping build up to one of Jessica Ennis-Hill's attempts at the long jump were deafening.

My top tip for the World Championships in Moscow is Katarina Johnson-Thompson, another heptathlete, who won the long jump on Saturday. Only 20, she will be one to watch if Jessica Ennis-Hill has to pull out due to injury.

But what is even better is that at Sunday's meet for Paralympians, the applause for every athlete was huge. Even though Jonnie Peacock came in third (in an amazing 100m race with so a new world records and lots of personal bests) he still got a huge standing ovation. I'm so pleased that now Peacock, along with Cockroft, Whitehead and Weir are household sporting names. It seems that our attitude towards the Superhumans (as Channel 4 called them) has changed for the long term. Definitely a brilliant legacy!

PS: The pictures of Mo and Jessica (and Usain Bolt in my previous post) were taken by Dad on his camera with a long lens. Sadly Mum and Dad were only able to come with us on Friday and Saturday so I only have 'good' pictures of those days. For Sunday, we were missing the long lens but were also up in the 'gods' of the stadium and I did not think you'd want to look at any athletic ants! x


  1. What an exciting event to be at, we loved the 2012 Olympics, we managed to get tickets for 2 events and the whole London trip far exceeded our expectations.

    1. I'm glad you had a great time and especially pleased that you enjoyed your trip to London. It was lovely to see the city looking so spruced up and shiny! x

  2. Great photos! I loved experiencing the Olympics through your eyes last Summer; what an exciting time!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed all those Olympic photos last year - there were quite a lot of them. I'm already trying to work out how I can get the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer! x