This Saturday just gone was of the best Saturday’s I’ve spent in a long time and a special thank you must go to Sainsbury and P&G who very kindly invited me to attend the fabulous Sainsbury‘s Super Saturday on Clapham Common. I decided not to take the twins with me as they were too young too appreciate it and I knew two people who would LOVE to be there, my niece and nephew aged 12 and 10.
Sainsbury‘s are sponsors of the Paralympic Games and Super Saturday was a ground breaking initiative to raise more awareness and boost our athletes moral as the countdown of less than a year ticks by. The Common had been transformed into a fabulous family-friendly Super party with sponsor tents around the edge each with its own exciting initiatives, a sports arena in the centre where you could watch Goalball, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball, a stage where top bands such as The Wanted, The Saturdays and Taio Cruz performed and sport areas where anyone could have a go at a sport. (see my picture of family members of all ages having a go at Wheelchair Basketball in the collage below). In fact there was so much going on we didn’t get to do everything we wanted to. The Water Zorbing was mobbed and after half an hour in the queue the kids decided they’d prefer to watch Olly Murs on stage, so reluctantly we left our hard earnt places and made our way over to the stage. At least Olly Murs gave a fantastic show which we thoroughly enjoyed, even my brother gave the thumbs up!
My favourite sponsor tent was P&G who had sent me a wristband allowing me to enter, drink Bucks Fizz and listen to Belinda Carlisle live! The kids had their faces painted (yes Billy did choose a Lego brick!) I got to have my photo taken with Glenda and also to catch up with Sandy from Baby Baby Maria from Mixed up Mummy and Sabina of Mummy Matters all of whom I hadn’t seen in a long while.
To top my day off as I used my tokens in the Sainsbury‘s Super Dome for free drinks and helped myself to an ongoing ever-laden buffet of delicious food (2lbs extra this morning showed on the scales!) I caught up with Liz from Me and My Shadow (2nd place in the Wikio charts! – I’m 92 and together we
ran strolled over to Alex Reid to have our photo taken, he was very sweet and obliged so long as we both kissed him on the cheek…stars eh and their egos!
So here are some ‘Did You Know’s?’ that I didn’t before looking into what the Paralympic Games are…
- There are 20 sports in the Paralympic program for London 2012 Games
- Blind swimmers have to wear blackened goggles to ensure fairness, they are removed at the end of the race and checked by an official
- The distance between fencers at the start of a bout is decided by the fencer with the shorter arm who can decide whether to fence at their own distance, that of their opponent or anywhere between the two
- Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules of able-bodied tennis the only exception being, wheelchair tennis is allowed two bounces of the ball
- Top wheelchair basketball players use specially designed titanium chairs costing more than £3,500 that can last as little as 6 months in high-level competition periods
- Hand-cycling, for athletes with lower limb disabilities was introduced at the Athens 2004 Games
- Darren Kenny, currently Britain’s most successful paralympic cyclist a serious neck injury at the age of 19 prevented him continuing with his favoured cycling sport but at 30 he is back in the saddle competing on both track and road. He brought home 4 golds and a silver form Beijing. Go Darren!
- Peter Norfolk, was left paraplegic at the age of 19 in a motorbike accident. The first British player ever to win a Paralympic medal in tennis at Athens bringing a gold medal home from Beijing in the singles and a bronze in the doubles with Jamie Burdekin. Go Peter! Go Jamie!
- Will Bayley currently ranked number two WORLD player in his class. His grandmother brought him a table tennis table to keep him active during his recovery from cancer, he made his Paralympic debut at Beijing and hopes to fulfil his dream of gold in London 2012. Go Will!
- Hannah Stodel started sailing at the age of 3 and completed her first world championships at 12! The first British woman to compete at Athens, a string of medals to her name Hannah and her team are determined to get the gold for Britain! Go Hannah!