Friday, 27 July 2012

Olympic Values

London 2012 is upon us. Already the there have been some soccer tournaments and the official opening ceremony will be held later today. I love the city of London and when I was there over a month ago, the preparations for the Olympics (and the Jubilee) were evident everywhere. Good luck London!

Let us remind ourselves of the Olympic (and Paralympic) values which could be applied to us all in everyday life:

The Olympic Values:

  • Respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment
  • Excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives
  • Friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences

The Paralympic Values:

  • Determination – the drive and motivation to overcome both physical and mental barriers in order to achieve your goals
  • Courage – having the self-belief and confidence to overcome adversity and face difficulty
  • Equality – showing respect and humility towards all those around you in the spirit of fair play
  • Inspiration – to be motivated by the achievements and actions of others and to be a positive example to others

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