It is so easy to give up, especially when nothing seems to be working for us. Hold on a little longer because every dark cloud has a silver lining. We err and make mistakes because we are human, but we must remain strong and never give up
Recently I found a video on YouTube about Derek Redmond who was favoured to win the gold medal in the 400m sprint in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic games. Unfortunately this never happened as he suffered from a torn hamstring 150 meters before he could reach the finish line. Please watch the video below of a man who story continues to touched millions of people around the world
Two years after the incident Mr Hammond was told by a surgeon that he would never run again or represent his country in sport. However, he remained undeterred and turned his attention to other sports he enjoyed. After trials at several basketball clubs, he eventually secured a place on the Great Britain national Basketball team. Today, He is a motivational speaker and continues to tell his story around the world.
Indeed tough times never last but tough people do!
Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb Mount Everest, wrote in an essay that Oscar Pistorius was “on the cusp of a paradigm shift in which disability becomes ability, disadvantage becomes advantage. Yet we mustn’t lose sight of what makes an athlete great. It’s too easy to credit Pistorius’ success to technology. Through birth or circumstance, some are given certain gifts, but it’s what one does with those gifts, the hours devoted to training, the desire to be the best, that is at the true heart of a champion.