The Paralympic Games, London 2012


 the romanian version

But when we meet during a competition, performance is the only thing that matters. Not the disability.” Heinrich Popow, a Paralympic athlete from Germany competing mainly in category T42 sprint events

Stadionul Olimpic- paralimpics

Yesterday night was the final day of  The Paralympic Games London 2012,  attended by 4200 athletes from 110 countries. The day was ended with a closing ceremony in which The Olympic Stadium exploded into lights and colors headlined by Coldplay.

Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the Organizing Comitee said that, there were sold more than 2.7 million tickets, with an unprecedented demand.

Carol Eduard Novak

Romania was represented in London by six athletes, who deserve all our respect: Florin Cojoc athlet, cyclists Eduard Novak –our paralumpic champion,with one gold medal and one silver and Imre Torok, swimmers Samuel Ciorap si Naomi Ciorap and Dacian Makszin, table tennis player.

My attention was focused on an interview that truly defines the Olympism, made by Allianz, The Official Partner of the International Paralympic Comitee  ( super ideea!) ; a deep interview and lesson about courage, hope, competition, patriotism, joy from simple things, about what really matters in life.

paralympic marathon


Here are the answers of some paralympic athlets, simple answers  but which say a lot:

Heinrich Popow

Do you have a personal motto in life or sports?

I do not want to pretend to be something I am not. My personal motto for now, for the Paralympics in London an afterwards is: Seize the challenge. That is what I like. That’s me.

What would be your advice for other athletes?

You have to believe into yourself. Set yourself goals and accept yourself how you are, in sport and in life. It is also good to know that life is not only about first places.

What is important for you about sport?

Sport means everything to me. Right now, I live for my sport. I can test my body and sometimes go beyond it can manage. I have the chance to get to know a lot of other people, to make friends and to compete against them.

What is special for your about athletics?

I think only others believe it is sepcial. I want to reach my goals. I think that makes all athletes the same. We always want to win. It does not really matter how many legs or arms the athelte has. In sports, my performance should be most important.

Kelly Cartwright

What is your aim in the future?

My aim is to represent my country for as long as I can and do my best, to make sure I get the most out of life and be happy and healthy with a great family.

What is important for you about sport in general? What do you get out of it?

Sport is such a big part of my life and it gives me the chance to keep fit as well as competing for my country. Sport also gives me something to focus on and keeps my mind and body healthy. I get a lot out of sport but mainly the chance to meet people and do something I love.

What would be your advice to other people?

To advance in life you need to believe in yourself and you need to set goals for yourself. Push yourself because you can achieve anything in life if you put your mind to it.

Do you have a personal motto in life and in sport?

My personal maxim is to always do my best and try my hardest at everything. I want to be the best at what I do, in sport and life.

 Mark Rohan

What is important for you about sport in general?

I think sport teaches us important lessons in life from an early age. I grew up with team sports where you have to learn the importance of team work, patience, discipline and hard work, which are all important life skills. You also build relationships that will last a lifetime in sport, be it weekend football, amateur basketball or elite full time sport.

What would be your advice as Paralympic athlete for other people to advance in life?

Always put things in perspective, family, friends and your health are the most important things in life. People waste too much energy in traffic jams, on Facebook and the pursuing the material things in life. If you wish to pursue a career you should find something you love to do and believe in what you do.

What is the uniqueness of your sport?

The sense of freedom I feel when I use a handbike is what keeps me training 3-4 hours a day. Having played able-bodied field sports first and then wheelchair sports, nothing beats the fresh air and great workout you get when you head of into the countryside for a couple of hours.

Do you have a personal motto in life and in sport?

I hope to stay healthy and happy for as long as possible. I always aim to develop as a person so I can make a positive contribution to society and hopefully improve the areas I work in.

What would be your advice to other athletes?

Firstly you have to enjoy what you do, if you find a sport that inspires you I would write down on paper your annual goals, then try and surround yourself with people that can help you achieve these goals. Finally, belief and hard work is the only way you will achieve those goals, do the simple things right and you may surprise yourself.

What is your aim in the future?

My immediate aim is to represent myself and my country in the best light possible at the London Paralympic Games. After the Games I hope to move to the US for a couple of years to further my education in Sports Management and gain some experience in sports development in many different sports.

paralympic marathon 2Eduard Novak

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