Skeleton Bob

Poetry, Sport, Sports

A winter Olympiad poem, inspired by the Gb team

I watched in awe as off they flew

Down the run of ice clear blue

On a craft to generate speed

Carving through ice quickfast was the need

As excited crowds they passed on by

They cheered them on as athletes did fly

And they did this more than once or twice

Navigating track all covered in ice

Aiming to make the fastest time drop

Running through finish line before they did stop

And repeating the task to achieve bronze thru to gold

To beating the clock in the ice and the cold

Thoughts of the long distance runner

Airforce, Poetry, Prose, Sport, Sports

Salford, 12th May 2017

Down the long stretches of Tarmac he goes

In darkness, fuelled by apples and bananas

Some call him crazy, but others they smile

Taking to the deserted road, to break down his time

All for the prize, of reaching that line

Nice shiny medal and Achievement awaits

Could records be broken this year ? A possibility

Expect a great smile as the target is reached

Memories of London 2012 – Paralympics

Sport, Volunteering

Salford August 2012
There have been a number of camps throughout the city, hosting athletes from many nations and in many sports in relation to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Brazil were no different, and used venues up and down the city from the Regional Athletic Arena at Sportcity  to the Manchester Aquatics centre on Oxford Road. Athletes also trained at the Amechi Centre for wheelchair basketball as well as Manchester Metropolitan University’s Sugden Sports Centre – who hosted athletes
for wheelchair fencing, Boccia, and Sitting Volleyball.

A couple of the vollies (including me) had fond memories of the training camp venues, as they’d been used at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and also at prestige sporting events throughout the ten years leading up to the Olympics in London in 2012.

Now it’s not that the sport of Sitting Volleyball was new to me – I’d been part of the team that helped out when they hosted a Challenge match as part of the BT Paralympic world cup.  Upon hearing this news – the Volunteer Manager made me Team Leader for the Sitting Volleyball Squad!

In my role as Volunteer Team Leader, I assisted with court setup and aided the vollies on the Volleyball courts in the fine arts of the rules of the game and where we fitted in – in relation to the game and training – simply put “passing the ball back!” when instructed.

And the game was fast paced – the ball was constantly moving – if it wasn’t in the hands of the retrievers!  As part of my role – I was also became custodian for the volleyballs and the scoring system – putting them back in storage every day.

The Brazil team were warm and friendly visitors to the centre and were brilliant to help out.  At set times, the Brazil teams played Paralympics GB in a series of Warm up games – which we also helped as ball crew.

As reward for our efforts, each volunteer got a “Teamwork” Baton from LOCOG – London’s Organising Committee for the Paralympics.

All the volunteers were welcomed and thanked by the Manchester Management of London 2012, and I raised a smile when the Brazil Team headed up the Opening Ceremony at Rio 2016….

I worked with some of those guys….:)

Photos of my time at the training camp are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkdropk/sets/72157631198677864/

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them

The Runner (Paralympic)

Poetry, Sport, Sports, writing

A tale on the Paralympian, Johnnie Peacock – Dedicated to all the Athletes at @ParalympicsGB taking part in the Rio Olympiad

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It’s not just the short burst of speed

It’s not the ability for opponents to fear your name

It’s not the fancy kit that makes you fast

 

No –

Its all that work that you put in

(Not only in the training gym)

The time you give up to make you win

 

How far you go – it’s down to you

but at home we’re all cheering  the things that you do

in front of our TVs were all stuck like glue

 

So when you look down the Golden Track

when the pistol sounds – there’s no looking back

Chasing those medals and records of old

 

(Bronze, Silver and of course Gold)

 

Golden Moments

Sport

In another place, whilst I eat my tea

Our brave athletes are going for victory

flying round tracks and fields of all kind

focused on goals in body and mind

Prepared for the task – with targets in hand

strategies made – and races planned

Zeus watches on as the events unfold

as Britain goes hunting for Bronze, Silver or Gold

And as world meets in Rio to follow the race

The athletes are focused on the first, second, third place

So as flame it burns – give the athletes a cheer

as medals are won and old records – disappear.