As ALS staff reconvene after the summer vacation, the talk is of holidays, of the forthcoming term and of the recent paralympics. Sadly, this celebration of achievement went largely unrecorded in countries not a million miles away; this despite them having sent competitors to represent national interests.
However, those of us not fortunate enough to have witnessed any of the events have colleagues to give us an idea of what we missed. Learning Support Assistant, Ian Price-Smith managed to obtain tickets for the athletics which he found inspiring…especially the 4 x 100 metres visually impaired relay. This event involves a number of competitors with guides who also have to be able to sprint as fast as those they are supporting. The audience in the packed stadium was asked for complete silence until the final baton change in order that competitors could communicate with team-mates and guides.
As Ian says, ‘try half or fully closing your eyes and think about running full tilt along a curved track, in your own lane, into the back of a pack of like-minded sprinters who want your baton NOW’.