Today, on what feels like a fairly subdued day as everyone gets ready to head home tomorrow, we hand the baton to Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes for the closing words...
All good things come to an end, so they say. However, as we prepare to travel to the astonishing Fisht Olympic Stadium (Олимпийский стадион “Фишт”) for the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games I can’t help thinking that this is the start of something truly amazing.
Over the course of the Games the athletes on the Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PiP) have been given a glimpse into the future. A future where their lives will be transformed, forever, by the power of sport.
Our athletes have been challenged, enthralled and surprised in equal measure. All have questioned their thinking along the way and I have seen this “Band of Brothers” start to realise that they could all become Proud Paralympians if they make the right choices, work hard and accept the opportunities that have been placed before them.
The Journey to Rio in 2016 or Peyonchang in 2018 will be hard, of that there is no doubt. However, next to serving your country as a member of the Armed Forces there can be no greater reward in life than representing your country on the field of play at an Olympic or Paralympic Games.
In reflecting on what has been achieved you, the athletes, should be very proud of how far you have come, while understanding how far there is still to go. What you can be certain of is that Help for Heroes and our wonderful supporters will be with you every inch of the way.
Your future will be created by what you do today, not what you might do tomorrow. Therefore, my final message to the PiP athletes is if you ever doubt yourself just ask the question “what would Dave do” and you WILL be OK!
Head of Sports Recovery, Help for Heroes