Disadvantaged – no way!
I am writing this half way through the Rio Paralympics, where we sit, once again, in second place on the table of medal winners, with China above us. Third place, at the moment is the Ukraine, with countries that you would expect to see jostling for position with us – trailing quite badly. The most amazing thing about these games – and London 2012 – is the joys of achievement that we are witnessing from people who have been pretty disadvantaged in normal life, and who have put so much effort into overcoming their disabilities.
After having mixed feelings about the recent referendum, and the vote to leave the EU – something I thought – still think – will be quite disruptive to many areas of life, and especially the construction industry, I believe that we have the right abilities, mental strengths, ambition and initiative to not only make the best of it – but to come out smiling on top. It’s those strengths that we are seeing in abundance in Rio.
It’s not just the strengths of the athletes, either – encompassing, as they do, such a variety of sports - as none of the success which has been achieved would have been possible without a bedrock of organisations, coaches, willing helpers and others. This country is not as divided as people make out, and we appear to like nothing better than to be in a situation where normal rules don’t apply and we have to rely on a bit of imagination and endeavour to succeed – and that applies to industry, as well as to sport.
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