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Sport Volunteering

Memories of London 2012 – Paralympics

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

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Poetry Sport Sports

Supercharged

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A poetic response to another Golden response from Paralympics GB

(Hannah Cockcroft, winning Gold in Rio)

 

Have you been watching ?

A Magical moment in the Rio lights

New wheels speeding down the track to a Gold

Neutrals and rivals all –

Astounded – The British girl

Has taken it….

Speeding through the competition,

 

(who won the medal then ? answers clear to see!)

 

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Poetry Sport Sports writing

The Runner (Paralympic)

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)

 

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Acrostic Cycling Poetry Sport Sports

Sprint (Paralympic)

In honour of Dame Sarah Storey – who’s just become the UKs most decorated Paralympian.

 

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Dame Sarah Storey – Cutout Art by author from an original c/o Roadcycling.com

 

 

Surpassing all others on two wheels

Paralympic gold tally record – broken

Rio watches and applauds your achievement

In getting the record number of golds

New dame holding the record – that’s gone from the swimming stadium

To the Track of a different kind – the velodrome

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Sport Sports

Paralympians in Brazil

Salford, 7th September 2016

Right about now, Rio-de-Janeiro is beginning the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil, the premiere event for Elite Athletes with a Disability.

Recent readers of my blog will know I helped the Brazilian Paralympic Squad prepare in their Training Camp for the London Games in 2012 in the City of Manchester.

Wheelchair Fencing, Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, and Boccia were the order of the day, and I became the Organiser of two great teams of Field Assistants

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And although i’m not going to be there myself – I hope all the Paralympians taking part have a fantastic games in Rio. Good Luck to all competitors!

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Sport

Golden Moments

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.

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People Sport Sports Volunteering

Waves

Another poem with an Olympic theme, seeing as we are approaching the Rio Games in Brazil.

It was basically a write up of the build-up and expectation, over the time i was helping out as a spectator services team leader during the Football Competition in Manchester.  I’ve put it into some kind of verse!

Waves

by Brian F Kirkham

August 2012

 

Olympic fever landed on Northern Shores

As a flame from Olympus passed every town and city

And it Came in Waves

 

We watched as excitement slowly arrived

Anticipation of what was to come

And it Came in Waves

 

Small Children – drawing in th’street

pictures of all the worlds athletes –

performing superhuman feats

and they came in Waves

 

From Lands end to John O’ Groats

People on Bikes, Cars, Planes and Boats

Landed in Britain and based themselves around

Britain’s cities, villages and towns

Building the waves

 

And as Team GB did their Best

Wearing that now familiar vest,

Every country became a guest

as they arrived in waves.

 

Spectators All, raised a cheer

and family members dried happy tears.

As athletes showed – they had no fear

and Bronze, Silver and Gold appeared

In Waves