It seems strange that the Olympics finished just over two weeks ago. As engrossed as I was at the time, and as enthralled as the whole nation seemed to be, it feels Olympic fever faded almost as quickly as it grew in the first place. Probably had something to do with the closing ceremony more resembling an X-Factor tour show than a statement of national pride. At least they didn’t reel Paul McCartney out again though, that really would have doused the flames of celebration.
Anyway, leaving my musical opinions to one side, the Paralympics start tonight and I’m hoping we all get behind Team GB as much as we did with the main Games. I’ve said on here before that I’m looking forward to watching some of it and, having had a closer look at some of the sports, here are a few I’ll definitely be watching:
- Football. I like football anyway, obviously, but visually-impaired football, where all players wear blindfolds to make it even, is just amazing. The ball has a bell in it so they can locate and control it. It’s quite something to watch.
- Sitting volleyball. I’ve seen a few clips of this already and it looks really exciting – more so than regular volleyball I think.
- Goalball. An amazing sport for blind athletes that consists of a relatively small court with a goal on each side extending for the entire width. Each team has three players on court at a time and the aim is simple – get the ball (which has a bell in it, like the football) into the opponents goal. It’s a lot harder and more enthralling than it sounds.
- Wheelchair fencing. One of the sports I’ve decided to try and get into during London 2012 is fencing. I watched a bit of the able-bodied version and found it interesting but slightly baffling – I couldn’t work out what they were doing, basically. So I’ll give wheelchair fencing a go and see if it appeals to me a bit more.