A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference where olympic medallist, Kriss Akabusi MBE was the speaker.
There was one particular story that he recounted, that I’ve not been able to get out of my mind since then. It was the story of Derek Redmond in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Redmond was in good form leading up to the competition but in the semi final, his hamstring tore and he collapsed on the track. Stretcher bearers made their way over to him but Redmond decided he wanted to finish the race. He began to hobble along the track – he was going to finish the race… He was joined on the track by him father Jim; no mean feat in itself as he’d had to scale a 10ft high security fence to get there.
Take a few minutes to watch the video below – it’s a great example of courage and determination and, without going all fluffy on you, the love of a father.
Let me tell you where this has come from.
I’ve been struggling with Shingles of the foot for the last 7 weeks (“oh that’s weird – I’ve never heard of having it there before”, I hear you say.) Well it is there, and while it’s nothing serious like cancer, it’s meant that I’ve been on and off crutches for the last few weeks, and it’s been bloody horrible, I won’t lie, and it’s knocked me back.
But the business hasn’t suffered (having a great team around me certainly helps there!); I’ve managed to meet drumming commitments – although it does cause a certain amount of amusement when the drummer turns up on crutches, and, with a bit of luck, it will be cleared up in another few weeks.
But this morning I really did need a ‘lift’; I needed to find that video of Derek Redmond. It did the trick..!