Have you been watching any of the Paralympics ? I have been watching a bit. New Zealand is doing very well, currently sixth overall for medals and first per capita .
Recently there was a discussion about whether the Paralympics get as much coverage , attention than the Olympics. NO, it certainly doesn’t, which is disappointing . It was suggested that it may be a good idea to have the Paralympics first. By the time the Olympics is over, many would be sick of sport. I guess that’s a possibility.
Many say that Brazil is pretty much broke with regards to the Olympics, which is understandable.
New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe just won her 15th medal. This is her 3rd Paralympics. 15 medals, that’s pretty impressive. Many of the swimmers do very well, considering I have seen ones without hands, without arms.
Another Kiwi ( New Zealander ) that is doing well is Blade Runner Liam Malone. He has won gold medals in the 200 & 400 m and a silver in the 100m. In the process of this he has broken world records set by Oscar Pistorius. I would think Oscar Pistorius sports days are over….
Watching these people should be pretty inspiring for many. To see them do what they do, with the issues they have is amazing. I do believe that we should encourage our kids to win. But, if they don’t win it isn’t an issue. Competing is great on it’s own. Some of these people at the Paralympics would know that it’s most likely they don’t have a chance when it comes to winning, but they are still giving it a go. It would be very exciting to be representing your country.
So, lets hope the medals keep coming for New Zealand. I think they have about 17-18 as I write this . I think our record for these games is 24, which was in 1984.
So, lets hope the medals keep coming !!