Written by Chris Colclough G1VDP
Here we go again, 10 days of sport over 20 different events with numerous sub events - Athletics covers such as the 100 Meters, 200 Meters, High Jump etc. Yes the 2012 Paralympic games have started, and what makes these even more special then the previous games is that every person competing has a disability of some kind. Whether it be like some of the runners where they have limbs amputated, in a wheel chair due to other injury and playing basketball, or like Ellie Simmonds having Dwarf Syndrome every one is classed disabled. These are the true heroes of sport as they train just as much as full able bodied atheletes, they are dedicated just as much as able bodied atheletes, but most - no all - of them have had to overcome some difficulty to get to where they are now.
Once more the organisers of the London 2012 games put on a exceptional opening cermeony, this time starting with the "Big Bang" and celebrating the discoveries and inventions of science through the years. Steven Hawkins made a inspirational speech saying we need to look to the stars and set our goals high.
There was the usual parade of countries, and the Olympic flame descended into the arena carried by a Royal Marine, who had lost his legs in a conflict, from the 100ft top of one of the buildings down a Zip Wire (a wire between 2 points with a harness or other device attached allowing the person to slide - also known as a death slide) and then handed over to one of the first Paralympian medal winners to light the cauldron. Fantastic. And once more I think Great Britten showed how we can put on a party and welcome the visitors and atheletes to the games.
And as we are a Amateur Radio club we must also mention Louise Simpson, M3WSQ, who is one of the atheletes at the games, click here for more information. We wish her and the GB Team all the best and good luck in all their sports
Don't forget that during this period we will still be on the air and using our special calls, MO0OXO and GO1VDP, on all modes. Sadly Charles has had a computer failure and has been off air for the past few weeks but he is getting back on this weekend and will be racking up the contacts. Also look out for Chris on JT65A on the HF bands. He has just got the software and his radio working so will be using this mode over the weekend to give people a chance of getting the GO1 prefix in their logs.
And remember to support the atheletes now competing in the Paralympic Games, London 2012.