Aug 222012

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.





Oscar pistorius at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea

Source: Wikipedia.




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  12 Responses to “Please Don’t Give Up”

  1. This video is really powerful! thanks for sharing

  2. That’s inspiring, but not as inspiring as when the Jamaican bobsled team crashed in the winter Olympics and they carried their bobsled to the finish line.

  3. saw this in school it is so sad he inspires me now

  4. my surname is redmond,how cool haha

  5. It is so sad that this poor bloke trains so freaking hard all his life…..JUST TO BE ABLE TO RUN FOR 1 DAMN MINUTE? Is this what he deserves?! Is this what he gets for all the hard work?! damn! And he could have won easily otherwise! How much pain he must have endured with the torn hamstring!! Does hard work pay off then? You can all see….I FEEL VERY SORRY FOR DEREK, he is such a grand guy!!!!

  6. Im crying. this is so sweet. wow. i wish my dad was like this. he is so hard sometimes

  7. I’m not ashamed to add that I don’t normally cry or get openly emotional, but this touches me so deep every time I see it that it’s hard to hold back a tear. To me, this moment signifies what fatherhood is all about. If you’ve ever had a father or a father figure to help pick you up and help carry you through the toughest moments in your life, never take it for granted. Be grateful for that everyday.

  8. this story just made my day

  9. I guess thats what life is about. Walking hard until you get to the finish line

  10. Just stumbled on your blog- exactly what I needed.

  11. This video also made me cry. thanks for sharing

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