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As I do everyday, my first job is to load up the BBC website, check on the headline news, make sure I’ve not missed any gripping Crystal Palace news and then see what else is going on in the world.
Whilst doing this yesterday I found this great little article singing the praises of people who have gone above and beyond.... I’m sure many of the us involved with British American Football can relate to the tea-lady who served at St James’ park for 50 years; that sense of family and being part of something which makes many of us get up and get to training on a soggy January morning. Likewise every year it’s brilliant to see teams sharing stories of kit men and women, photographers and the such who commit all year, for free just for the love of the game and their teams.
On the field, effort is everything, and few examples sum that up like the video of Derek Redmond. Having injured his hamstring in the Olympics, he started hobbling his way around. His Dad, who had run onto the track initially to talk him out of trying to finish soon realised what it meant to his son, who had given anything to get to that stage, so helped carry him over the line. That’s what sport means to so many of us, at every level.
I was however somewhat cursing the BBC for including the truly incredible story of Rick Hoyte, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is quadriplegic and uses a wheelchair. Thanks to his Dad, who was spurred on by his sons words; “when I'm running it feels like my disability disappears,” Rick has competed in over 1,000 races, being carried, pulled and towed by his Dad in order to compete. Why do I curse the BBC?! Simply because EVERY TIME I read it, the ninja onion chopper appears, shall we say!
So here at GDS towers, we’ve decided to run a little competition; we want to hear your favourite, most motivational sports story.... Whether it be a teammate who has done something incredible, or a top level athlete who inspires - we want to know the story that makes you want to strap on the running shoes and hit the road, get in the gym or maybe just leaves you pretending you’re not blubbing away when someone asks you why you’re crying!
Just post a link or the story to this blog post thread, entries close a week today (midnight, Friday 20th). Two winners will receive a high quality, GDS T-shirt in a size of their choice - the perfect gift for a moderately popular friend or family member this Christmas!