Last night the Paralympics were closed by what was essentially a Coldplay concert. Perfect for fans. I don’t fall in that category so I didn’t end up watching much.
I, as well as many friends, and I’m sure many more Londoners were converted on their feelings about these games. I’m sure in a few days (if that) articles will be written about the cost of it all, where things went wrong, and generally the mood will slip back into the usual. A bit miserable and cynical.
But before we get there, let me show you some highlights of the games and of this amazing summer where Londoners were a little bit happier, kinder, and very much openly proud of their country.
The motto of the games has been to ‘Inspire a Generation’. I thought it was a bit cheesy before but after seeing the amazing athletic ability by Olympic and Paralympic athletes I completely understand the sentiment. I’ve heard a few stories already of people who have been inspired to take up a new sport or who have gotten even more serious about the sports they are involved in.