Monday, 10 September 2012

Paralympics - Inspiring a generation

I have been very quiet on the blog of late and I am sorry for that. Things have been a bit up and down for Wills over the last year and, sometimes, you just need a break from things. But, we are back! There is lots to share with you and I promise to post every day to catch up with things.

What a summer it has been! We have had an incredible time at the Paralympics.

Last Monday, we watched the athletics and saw the amazing Mickey Bushell get a gold medal in the 100m.

William was a little tired and overwhelmed by the huge crowds in the main stadium.

But very much enjoyed the experience too!

The paralympics have helped Wills to understand his disabilities. He hadn't really seen himself as 'disabled' but is at the age now when children begin to get the level of self-awareness needed to see where they are the same and different from others. It was going to happen sooner or later and what better a time for William to understand a little more about his cerebral palsy and what it means for him - at a time when he can see that he can be a paralympic athlete and a hero!!

These games were always meant to inspire a generation and this is exactly what they have done for Wills. He was inspired by the sport he watched and chose to take up archery! We went along to watch some of the archery at the games. William was captivated! The GB mens team had a very close match and Wills was on tenterhooks watching the pull and then looking up to see what the score would be.

We have found a wonderful archery club for Wills who are pulling out all the stops to adapt to his needs. More about that on Saturday.

Right now, I am watching the end of the Olympic 'Greatest Team Parade' with tears in my eyes. These are tears of emotion for every one of those athletes - especially the paralympic athletes and their families, knowing all they have been through to get where they are right now. I have tears of sadness that it is all over. Above all are tears of joy for my son and for the way that, right now, most of the people he meets see him as a potential athlete and hero and someone who could achieve whatever he sets out to achieve. Much as he has inherited a legacy from the athletes he has seen on the TV and in the stadiums this summer, I hope that the world inherits this new understanding of disability and that my son remains a potential hero in their eyes from now on and beyond the immediate wake of the games.  He is already a hero to me and always will be!

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