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OLYMPIC CLOSING FIREWORKS

After team GB’s most successful medal haul to date, we welcome back to our shores our Olympic heroes and heroines. There are so many stories of pushing beyond the limits to overcome personal barriers and inspirational achievement it is hard to single out one particular person. We, as a nation, should raise a glass or at least our hats to every single one of the most epic team we have ever had representing our small island.

Leeds based boxer, Nicola Adams proving just how hard Yorkshire lasses are, winning gold. Jess Ennis taking silver for her jaw dropping display of athletic prowess over multiple events, honestly guys, how many of you could you throw a shot put which weighs 8.8 lb 13.86 meters? I know that I for one would struggle.

Back in 2012, when we hosted the games in London, if Yorkshire had been a team we would have finished with our heads held high, this time around Huddersfield athletes alone would have beaten Turkey! It is only when you consider the size of our nation it becomes more apparent at the scale of our success.

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Our track cyclists well and truly exceeded any expectations lifting an astonishing six gold, four silver and a bronze medal. The fantastic GB rowing team winning three golds and two silvers, but for me, the unexpected medals we won were possibly the most surprising. Hard hitting Bianca Walkden who battled hard in the women’s 67Kg Taekwondo to win bronze was an inspiration, never backing down and giving her all. And over in the pool, the incredible talent of Adam Peaty who won Gold in the 100m Breaststroke in a World Record time made it look incredibly easy.

Commiserations to all who didn’t win a medal this time round but in a few days’ time, once rested and recovered, we are sure they will be getting ready for Tokyo 2020.

All in all, I for one was a little surprised at the games themselves as a few days before the opening ceremony some of the infrastructure was still being completed and bad press was being bandied about daily. When the biggest things to go wrong were the diving pool turning green and the high winds for the 3m Springboard semi-finals (it was an edge of the seat stuff for all the wrong reasons) Rio can say they had a pretty successful games.

We were aware of the limited budgets available and the theme of the games being aimed towards environmental concern so it was no surprise the fireworks whilst good, were not up to the standard of the 2012 London games, but well done Brazil.

Enjoy the closing fireworks ceremony, and if any of our local heroes are passing by head office near junction 36 of the M1, please pop in for a coffee and give us the opportunity to pass on our respect for a job well done.

OUT OF THIS WORLD FIREWORKS

It has been said by many that our fireworks are “out of this world”, referring to the quality and the excitement that seems to accompany them whenever the sky needs filling with colour.

Now the Japanese are planning to take fireworks to a whole new level and truly out of this world.

We have seen some pretty amazing scenes when it comes to the opening of the Olympic Games, who remembers the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games with the rocket man.

One of the most controversial Olympic opening ceremonies was the 2008 Games when China had us all fooled – for a very short time with their footprints in the sky which were in some part CGI images for the televised event.

Dubbed “Sky Canvas” Tokyo based company “Star Ale” plan to launch up to 5000 small pellets made from different elements to produce diverse colours; these will be fired from a micro satellite high above the Earth. Following international agreements the launcher will be set to self-destruct after the display to prevent additional space debris.

When you consider each pellet measuring just a few millimeters across will cost around £5,500 each, then a satellite will have to be constructed to get the pellets into space and all the research costs involved it is not something that has been considered lightly.

The display itself will feature as one element of the opening ceremony for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and it will be fired by the space craft from between 35 and 50 miles. The show will be visible for approximately 120 miles radius and is expected to be seen by 30,000,000 spectators.

Bring it on.

London 2012 Paralympic Games

 

Sport for athletes with a disability has existed for more than 100 years but it was not until after the second World War that the games were widely introduced.

In 1944 a noted German neurologist Dr Guttman opened a spinal injuries centre at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK, transforming the care of servicemen injured in the line of duty forever.  He actively encouraged patients to get involved in wheelchair polo and basketball to aid their recovery of the mind as well as the rest of the body.

On the first day of theLondon1948 Olympics, Dr Guttmann held the first ever Archery competition for wheelchair athletes which started the Stoke Mandeville Games.  From there on in, the Stoke Mandeville Games were held annually and in 1952, competitors from the Netherlands joined in creating the International Stoke Mandeville games.

In 1960, the first every Paralympics were held in Rome giving them the high profile that they hold today, becoming the second biggest sporting event on earth with 400 athletes from 23 countries.

1976 saw the birth of the first Winter Paralympics and this event continues to this day.

Since the 1988 games in Seoul, the games have been held in the same place as the Olympics.

In London 2012 there will be 4,280 athletes competing for the 503 gold medals to be awarded.

However you feel about sport, to these competitors, it is a massive feat of mental and physical prowess to overcome some pretty terrible injuries and birth defects.  Show your support for them by taking in as much of this wonderful event as possible over the next couple of weeks.

The opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games may not be on the same scale as the Olympics, but you are still going to see some pretty amazing sportsmen and women and a few fireworks.  Featuring 3000 volunteers, 50 of who are disabled performers who have learned circus skills from scratch.  The show is called ‘Enlightenment’ which is more thought provoking, focussing on achievement against the odds and forward thinking individuals who have impacted on the World due to their scientific vision and advances.