I don't know about you but I absolutely loved watching the Rio Olympics. The Olympics just exploded 'feel good factor' everywhere! I found myself watching sports that wouldn't normally catch my eye and inexplicably shouting excited encouragement at the telly. Without thinking I used 1st names as if I really knew the athletes (and as if they could really hear). I'm sure I wasn't the only one doing this and it must have made a difference right because we just kept on winning medals! Bravo team GB
|GB Paracanoe Team|
Now it's our turn - Yay!
I'm beyond excited that the Paralympics will begin on the 7th of September when more sports and more incredible athletes will showcase their talent! For me this is the dream that started four years ago at London 2012 - when I was inspired to try out for para sport and had that mad dream that I could compete in Rio.
|My Supporters - credit Moya Slade Photography|
I'm ridiculously excited that I'm taking part in this inspirational and perception shifting games. my next dream is to share and give back. If just one person watching us is inspired to "yes I can" my job will be done. But I'm just as excited to think that the Great British public has another opportunity to get behind the nation's athletes and support team Paralympics GB as they did four years ago in London.
You can definitely support us by cheering at the telly because that is just great and I for one will love feeling that we have an army of supporters back home. If you get a chance you could also support us and the next set of athletes through campaigns like "supercharge your shop". I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the funding we get from our sponsors and the campaigns they run for us.
I was lucky enough to be asked to help with the supercharge your shop campaign and it was so much fun. Who wouldn't want to do a photo shoot in Sainsburys at 7.30 on a Sunday morning? Especially when we were instructed to do all the things I've always wanted to do in a supermarket but never been allowed. Trolley races, sitting on the conveyor belt, pretend fighting a visually impaired judo player with my paddle... Well the last one wasn't on my wish list but it was fun for all none the less.
|Trolley racing down the veg Isle|
So look out for me in the press over the next few days but more importantly go shopping and then get cheering knowing that you really have made a supercharge difference.
As I board my flight to Brazil my dream is complete - I made it to Rio. Whatever the result, I did what I set out to do. Thank you all for supporting me to get here.