How do you inspire a generation?
by WeeMan Sep 15th 2012
With an abundance of down time and a deliberate 'not training or racing attitude' the past few weeks, my thoughts have turned to the other side of sport - the impact it has on others around us...
Earlier this year me and my family went to the London Olympics. We saw Mo Farah amongst others and couldn't help but be inspired. We've watched the paralympics and marvelled at the athletes we were watching. I watched Wiggo win the Tour de France and the Olympic time trial with a lump in my throat. Today I went to stage 7 of the Tour of Britain because some of those that inspire me would be there. Below is a picture I took today of what's written on the back of the Team Sky bus. I make these points because the Olympic legacy was to 'inspire a generation'. But I don't think we can expect the Olympic and Paralympic athletes to do it alone. I think we all have a role to play and have something to offer. As a parent, athlete or just a friend. I've seen how my own endeavours this summer have inspired others, not least my own kids. As triathletes we know that even before we start the next race - it's going to hurt. A lot. But we still do it and each time face our own unique challenges. We each have our own motivations and with them a story to tell. And a generation to inspire.
I've been thinking about what I can do to share my experience and motivations and play my part. What are you doing or plan to do to play yours?
Triathlon has taught me a lot, not least just how true to life is the phrase from Henry Ford - "Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right". I was a competitive swimmer who became a triathlete and moved from sprint to Iron distance. As I've got older balancing family and work with training and racing has had its challenges. What gets me to the start line ready to go is always the belief that I can. I hope you enjoy reading my musings.