The Paralympic Games are extremely important. It gives so many people hope, that they can achieve more than they ever thought possible, myself included.
When I was 12 years old, I saw the World Championships in Swimming for Disabled in Goteborg. A British swimmer named Peter Hull, a quadruple amputee and World Champion, became my role model. He was a World Champion, and I couldn’t swim. He told me, that “if I can do this, so can you”. I don’t know if he knows how much he mean to me, and that I will be grateful towards him for all my life.
Every Paralympics has its heroes. During these games I was doing the commentating for the Eurosport Network. I chose to mix a clip with the athletes that inspired me the most in 2008, hoping that they will become heroes for the children of today. The music is Gloria Estefan’s ‘Higher, Stronger, Faster” from the 1996 Atlanta Games.
We can all make the impossible possible. It is not something made by one person, one time. We all do it, when we learn something new in our lives. When we achieve something we could not do earlier. It can be a World Record, or learning to read. It does not matter. The thing that matters, is that when we learn to enjoy what we learn, we will find the motivation to take it to the next level.