Focus, determination and hard work

Posted on: July 26th, 2010

I was in Hyde Park on Saturday with my husband to see the new summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery. As we were crossing the road from the Diana Memorial Fountain to the Gallery, cyclists and runners flashed past us. But these weren’t ordinary cyclists or runners.

They all had a limb missing, except one runner who was blind (with a sighted partner to lead them.) They certainly weren’t your average weekend joggers or cyclists. They looked like elite athletes. When I got back home I looked the event up on the internet. I found that we’d been watching the Paratriathlon of the ITU World Championships. There were 42 paratriathletes competing from seven countries.

It got me thinking about the focus and determination an athlete needs to compete at an international level. Not to mention all the hard work they have to put in to meet the demands of their punishing training schedule.