Dear Readers,

 

Welcome back to our newsletter, it’s been a while, actually just over a month since you’ve received anything in your inbox from us; I trust you all had wonderfully relaxing summer holidays and work down batteries were replenished.  I suppose, like me, most of you spent a fair bit of time in front of the TV watching established super athletes like Usain Bolt and Mo Farah reaffirm, through collecting more gold medals, that they are indeed exceptionally gifted individuals of the like that that don’t come around too often, and the great thing is they don’t need to take performance enhancement drugs to win their races – it’s all done in a natural god given way.

 

The highlight for me though was the 400 metres in which Wayde Van Niekerk finally took Michael Johnson’s world record off him by running a time of 43.03, and again, no performance enhancement drugs were required.  Van Niekerk did it all through hours and hours of dedicated hard work and self-belief that he could run a faster time than Johnson and he did.

 

Another great story from Rio was that of Adam Peaty, the British 100 metres breaststroke swimmer that smashed his own world record to win a gold medal; the good thing about this story is that Peaty was originally a freestyle swimmer that was not really going anywhere, and then just by chance he was spotted and taken under the wing of a former British Olympic swimmer Melanie Marshall who believed he had the potential to become a world champion breaststroke swimmer and of course he did.  I believe that hearing that one of his fellow swimmer friends didn’t do as well as expected in the London Olympic games this inspired Peaty to get his act together; apparently at that time in his life he was more interested in going out and having a good time with his mates because he didn’t think he would ever be good enough to win races or ever get to the Olympic games.

 

The power of the human spirit is quite amazing, the athletes or individuals that I have named in my piece for this week’s newsletter made what most of us believe is impossible to do, possible, granted they were gifted to begin with as I have said, but they have had to work hard both physically and mentally to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true – there was no magic wand involved, just good old hard work, plenty of dedication and determination.  It is very true that you only get out what you put in, and I know that what I saw during the Rio Olympic games made a big impression on me as it did on my two children, who both fancy themselves as future medal winning Olympic swimmers; it has particularly inspired me to try to put something more into what I do on a daily basis in order to try to get something more out of what I do personally.

 

I’ve always loved sports, both the doing and the watching, and to quote the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, “Hats off to all those that competed in the Rio Olympic games and to Brazil, and all the officials that made it all possible because they all did a fantastic job”. It’s not just about the winning, although that’s clearly the objective, it’s about the competing and the camaraderie that takes place between competitors: case and point new Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin that fell during the 5,000 metres qualifying heats and accidentally tripped up Abbey D’Agsotino. Ms D’ Agsotino chose not to continue running and instead went to the aid of Hamblin to help her to her feet.  In the collision, Ms D’ Agsotino twisted her knee so although she completed the race she could only limp over the finishing line.  At the end of the race both runners hugged each other and it was quite an emotional occasion – now, that for me is a good old mixture of the true spirit of sportsmanship and just good old human kindness: something you don’t see a lot of these days.

 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we’ll be back again next week with some interesting news articles for you to read and hopefully I’ll be able to put something reasonably something interesting together for you to read.  I did plan on putting together a short poem on the Olympic games to accompany my piece above, if I do then I’ll drop it in either tomorrow or early next week, so please drop back in and read it if you have time.  Until next week, take care.