Olympics 2012 - Heroes Board

So many Heroes - and one you may not have heard of....

OK, so my Olympic Heroes Board has gone into overdrive and my typing finger has got stuck on the exclamation mark key.  The amazing Jess Ennis, finally realising her potential and reducing us all to tears! Mo Farah, fighting off all opposition! Greg Rutherford leaping to Gold! Andy, Pete, Alex and Tom - the coxless four! Sophie and Kat, powering across the water at Eton Dorney! Laura, Dani and Jo going for gold in the Velodrome! Ben in a boat! And Andy Murray, finally triumphing on that patch of England's green and pleasant land which is forever Wimbledon.

 

The best bit about winning Olympic Gold is that nobody can ever take the honour off you.  World Champion? Well someone, sooner or later, will run, swim or jump that little bit faster, higher or stronger.  But the success of an Olympic Gold Medal lasts forever.

 

However, as I have emphasised before, the Olympics Heroes Board is prepared to mark a different kind of heroics too.  So raise a big cheer, please, for Alan Watkinson!  "Who?" I hear you ask.  Well, Alan Watkinson was the inspirational PE teacher at Oriel Junior School in Hanworth, West London, who recognised Mo Farah's early promise, took him under his wing and set him on the path which led to gold yesterday. 

 

All over the country, I suspect, there are other PE teachers, quietly inspiring future generations - maybe not of Olympic Gold medal winners but certainly of kids who will grow up loving sport and all the very best of what it stands for.  And how do I know? Because I'm proud to say that one of my own lovely daughters is one of them.

 

Let's hear it for the Unsung Heroes of sport!

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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12.06 | 02:31

I love that you talk to your plants ... I used to on my allotment ... seemed perfectly rational !

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