How role models are made

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock over the weekend you’ll have no doubt watched the amazing footage of Team GB doing so well in the London 2012 Olympics. We’ve totted up medal after medal and whilst we are in no way getting complacent, it is inspiring to see our athletes showing the rest of the world just how strong and talented we are.

One athlete stands out for me and Jessica Ennis, I’m talking about you! How incredible is she? I’m seriously in awe of her. Just in case you don’t know, Jessica is a 26 year old British track and field athlete specialising in the Heptathlon. The Heptathlon consists of 7 different events including 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin and 800m. To be good in all of those events is outstanding.


There was so much pressure for her to deliver at these games; she’s sponsored by many big companies and was highlighted recently by the BBC as the face of London 2012. Before the games, she was the focus of an absolutely ridiculous comment from an Olympic official that she was ‘fat’. Well if she’s fat, then oh dear we seriously have a problem with reality here.

I’m so proud that she won the Olympic Gold medal and was able to stand on that podium and grin all the way through the national anthem. What a role model? Thousands of young women across the UK will have watched her strength and determination all the way through her event and aspire to be just like her.

In my own opinion, this is where we’re going wrong in the UK. Enough of glamour models and reality TV stars hogging the limelight when there are real women out there, achieving their personal bests and breaking world records. I’ve been following the progress of Victoria Pendleton in the Velodrome and wow, that lady is incredible. She is so focused and puts absolutely everything in to her events. She broke the World Record, not just a personal best or the UK record, but the whole entire world record, in her first round of the Individual Sprint. What an achievement?

I’ve seen so many children in the news and on the TV coverage attend the games and if a handful of those children become inspired to get into sports then all the millions of money spent on the games has totally been worth it. I’m hoping we’ll see an influx of children taking up sports and getting more active.

I’m so proud to be British and see how our athletes* are taking to their stage and showing the rest of the world what we’re made of. *Team GB Men’s Football Team, I’m sorry but this doesn’t include you but that’s a whole other rant. I’m inspired to get more active and hoping the rest of Britain will feel the same. {sig}

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