It’s Tuesday 14th August, many of the world’s athletes are leaving London and heading home and the nation mourns the end of a successful event which has made us all proud to be British. I’ve heard in the news that many sports associations are seeing more hits on their websites as people take interest once again to those sports we all took part in our school days. It’s fantastic!
On the down side, we are also receiving more enquiries than ever in our personal injury department relating to sporting injuries!
But the Olympics are far from over and as I type, the Olympic Park and Stadium are being transformed for the 2012 Paralympics. This is the event that makes me most proud. It was only last week that I was able to see the great work the NHS are doing in a spinal unit and in 14 days our screens will show that those who have suffered the most serious of injuries and those with disabilities can achieve their dreams when it comes to sport. We will all witness the amazing aids and equipment that are now available to our paralympic athletes.
In particular, I will be watching and supporting Ola Abidogun, an amputee from Bolton who trains at Horwich RMI Athletics Club near to my home.
It’s great to hear that record ticket sales for this event have been announced. The website for ParalympicsGB confirmed that over 600,000 tickets were purchased in the last month and the total number of Paralympic tickets sold has now surpassed the previous record of 1.8 million tickets sold in 2008 for the Beijing Games. The website says “Remaining Paralympic tickets are available now at www.tickets.london2012.com. More tickets will be available online next week”.
And that’s not all. Boris Johnson has announced that on Monday 10th September 2012, there will be a parade in London to honour those British athletes competing in both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
So let’s not all mourn the end of the Olympics but show our support and get behind the athletes for the ParalympicGB team!
By personal injury solicitor and Stephensons' Associate, Jennifer Holt