The Olympics and Paralympics 2012 have created long lasting memories for all ages, creating smiles and laughter, tears of joy, pride and admiration. It was good to have so many sports represented by team GB including some lesser-known ones and hopefully there will now be more coverage of disabled sports events on TV.
Community spirit returned with people happily lining streets to cheer on torch relays. People cheered on their own country as well as those connected to any friends or relations in the sports, uniting people in a way no other major sporting events seemed to have achieved.
Hopefully seeing such a good turn out for the parade reminded them how much all their efforts were appreciated for bringing out the best of British and providing a summer of memories for all the right reasons, unlike last years rioters who gave us a summer to remember for all the wrong ones!
All of the participants, volunteers and games makers gained so many skills and experiences to help them in the real world outside the village, such as co-operation, empathy and team spirit, showing some can live in a civilised way. It was also encouraging to see disabled musicians, dancers and actors in the opening and closing ceremony.
Sadly, proposals to cut activities for disabled people in many areas may deny others the same chances which would reduce both self esteem and social skills, and prevent them reaching their full potential. Hopefully the success of the summer events will make them reconsider the negative impact this would have, as there needs to be more activities for those with physical or learning difficulties and not less!
Miss T Campbell