Olympic Fever

July 28, 2012 at 7:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So many people throughout our global village are experiencing Olympic Fever as they watched the Opening Ceremony and prepare for London 2012. Four years have passed since Beijing, twelve since Australia last hosted the games in Sydney but lots of us could recall many specific moments that stand out as memorable or inspiring from past Olympic competitions. This iconic event provides the stage for athletes that have dedicated themselves to reach the pinnacle of their sport.

The next month and a half, including the Paralympics, bring together our global village, celebrating health, competition, sportsmanship and participation. We will witness personal bests, overcoming adversity and incredible examples of connection. As we cheer and shout at the television to support and encourage our favourite athletes and teams, we consider the magic that is the Olympic ‘spirit’. This spirit brings together and connects our world, with 204 countries represented at this years games. This sense of celebration, inclusiveness, hope, joy, competition and fairness will be lived not only in London but in living rooms or bars in all corners of the globe.

These themes represent our shared humanity. Regardless of any differences an individual may choose to point out within the athletes village, the shared humanity completely outshines these. This ability to honour and celebrate difference and the unique gifts and talents present within our global population is an inspiring element of the Olympic movement. Good luck to all the athletes involved, may their hopes and dreams be experienced by fulfilling their potential. May this sense of our shared humanity reverberate through the global village.

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