It’s been an electrifying summer with the Olympics and Paralympics lighting up our screens after being postponed for a year. It’s safe to say, it was worth the wait!

Here were some of our favourite and most inspiring moments over both the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020/2021:

WE GOT TO WATCH KARATE AT THE OLYMPICS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Although there’s been work to get Karate on the Olympic Programme since the 1970s, it finally secured its spot at the Japanese games. The karate events took place in the Nippon Budokan, an indoor arena known as the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts.

We know how inspired all of our students will have been to see the martial artists competing in two different events:
Kata – demonstrations of forms consisting of a series of offensive and defensive movements targeting a virtual opponent
Kumite – two athletes spar each other in a matted competition area, landing a series of blows on the target area of their opponent’s body with energy and precision

WE WERE TAUGHT YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION AT ANY AGE

We were inspired to remember that age isn’t always a barrier with skateboarders Kokona Hiraki and Sky Browne, who at just 12 and 13 years old respectively won silver and bronze medals this year.

This was reminiscent of Ellie Simmonds’ win for Team GB at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, with an unforgettable double gold-medal performance in swimming at just 13 years old!

WE FOUND OUT THAT PERSEVERANCE CAN BE KEY

On the other hand, we were shown that years of hard work and setbacks can pay off eventually. We all collectively cheered when Tom Daley finally claimed a gold medal in diving after 4 Olympic Games and 13 years of trying!

Remember that you are your own best competition and persistence will get you where you need to be with hard work and determination!

WE WERE REMINDED OF THE JOYS OF SPORTS

It’s not all about winning, simply being involved in a sport that you are passionate about can improve your confidence, discipline and your whole mood!

Welsh Paralympic bronze-medalist and record-breaker, Olivia Breen, put it brilliantly:

“Sport is incredible. Sport can change your life as it has done for me. Find your passion and keep going – don’t ever give up. It can be a journey and there can be lows, but with moments like [getting to the Olympics], it’s totally worth it.”

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