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07-Sep-12 Inspiring a generation!

In Blog, Personal on September 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

After what has been an 8 year wait for the games to hit London, we finally got the chance last night to enjoy what has become one of the most successful games on record, as we had tickets to see Paralympic swimming at the Aquatic Centre and what an evening it was!

Our seats could not have been better, as we were very fortunate to be situated in the middle of the pool only two rows from the front.

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What a great view. Has anyone seen any swimmers around here?

The event could not have been better either, as we watched a marvellous display of courage, brilliance and inspiring swimming, which included 9 world records, a Team GB Gold, another silver and two bronze.

If I have had one wish in life, I would loved to have been an Olympic champion, and although I’ve never quite got near to that (best I could do was winning a Sunday morning football cup final), to see someone in the flesh win a gold for Great Britain (and create a new world record) and the resulting victory ceremony was a magical moment! Well done Josef Craig (and all the rest of team GB).

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God save our gracious queen…..

As if that did not cap it all, we then got the chance to witness the S1 disability class 50 metres backstroke for men and women, which included the most disabled swimmers. I can just about swim, but to see someone with no legs and one arm swimming 50 metres and winning is truly awe inspiring.

As we left the warm Aquatic Centre (how warm is it in their) for the cool air of the late evening, we were greeted with the spine tingling roar of the crowd in the Olympic Stadium, as yet another two members of team GB struck gold. How we are looking forward to this location for our next experience of the Paralympics over the weekend!

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  1. Give it a couple of years and you may be able to buy tickets to see Millwall play there.

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