Over summer it seemed that the whole world was transfixed with the Rio Olympics, and I include myself in that – I don’t actually think I watched anything else on the TV! And now it’s the turn of the Paralympics to showcase the incredible talents of their athletes.
I am in absolute awe of every single athlete that competes in both the Olympics and Paralympics. Their determination, hours of training they do each day, and the sacrifices they have to make are mind-blowing. I can barely stick to a diet for a week, never mind being on a strict nutritional plan for years. And so much of their hard work comes down to that 1 final race, match or performance, where they either become a hero, their dreams realised, or they have to wait another 4 years to have that chance again.
Within the Olympics I loved watching some of the athletes from my local area compete, which included medallists Adam Peaty and Joe Clarke, and finalist long jumper Jazmin Sawyers. Despite not knowing them I definitely felt proud of their accomplishments, and that they not only represented GB but my area too! Two of the other events that I was obsessed with were the cycling and women’s hockey. I was absolutely glued to the TV, my adrenaline pumping whilst watching the tense finals, and I was so happy that GB came away with gold in those events. And finally, how can I talk about the Olympics and not mention the gymnastics, possibly my favourite event to watch, and the incredible Simone Biles!?
So now after the celebrations of the Olympics I can’t wait to see how the athletes fair at the Paralympics! And yes, I’ll be watching these phenomenal athletes from my sofa, probably eating some chocolate, whilst convincing myself that I will up my exercise regime soon…
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