How do you inspire a generation?

WeeManby WeeManSep 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?
How do you inspire a generation?
by guest: Darin Armstrong, Sep 22nd 2012 07:44
Hello Justin,
Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘anytime’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners & #Marathoners who follow me on Twitter and have something 'important' they want mentioned…)

All the very best for the rest of 2012 and beyond Justin. Look forward to hearing from you…

sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Mar 10th 2013 20:45
Hi Weeman, just came across your blog again, hope this season is going well for you.
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