Updated: Sep 12, 2021
After a five year wait, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics drew to a close at the weekend. The GB team managed to win 124 medals, putting us at 2nd place in the medal table, behind China.
Beth Munro, Rebecca Redfern, Richard Whitehead, Chris Skelley, Maisie Summers, Reece Dunn, Hollie Arnold, Jonnie Peacock and Dan Greaves are just a few of the athletes who became medallists.
These athletes showed their true strength, determination, resilience, perseverance so clearly in the games. It all came down to their mindset. Mindset is important and thinking positively is what drives us to success. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics have inspired us, have they inspired you?
Take a look at some quotes from Paralympians over the years…
1) “When you fail, you learn a lot about yourself and come back stronger. Life need not have limits. Having an opportunity in life is important, but what defines you is what you do with that opportunity”. Richard Whitehead (GB, long distance runner, T42 and T61 classifications)
Here, we learn that failure is not a weakness, it sets us up to succeed. Grab every opportunity you are given because you never know where it may take you. If you get the opportunity of a second chance, take it, learn from your mistakes, come back stronger and persevere.
2) “You only live once and you need to enjoy life, to go out and achieve whatever you want”. – Ellie Simmonds OBE (GB swimmer, S6 and SM6 classifications)
Simmonds, who has achondroplasia, was the youngest athlete in the 2008 Beijing Games being only 13, which is inspiring in itself. But here she says that her height shouldn’t stop her from doing whatever she wants and achieving what she wants. So, do what you need to do to enjoy life.
3) “In life, just find something you love and make it your life. That is the only way to be successful. Love what you do.' - Hannah Cockroft (GB wheelchair racer, T34 classification)
Quite simply, do what you love, love what you do. Being successful comes from enjoying your work. Find something that inspires you and make it your work.
4) “Don’t tell me you can’t” - Juan Jose Mendez Fernandez (Spanish cyclist, C1 classification)
Again, a very simple one here. But nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. You just have to stay positive and keep trying, you’ll get there in the end. Never giving up is key in an athlete’s mindset.
5) “Everything is going to work out - there’s no other option” – Kari Miller (US women’s sitting volleyball player)
Here Miller is saying that you just have to trust that you are on the right path, you will be successful, and everything will work out.
6) “I always believed in myself” – Jonathan Broom-Edwards (GB high jumper, T44 classification)
Jonathan Broom-Edwards scored himself a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics and simply said the way he won a medal was through self-belief and coming to the race knowing that he was going to jump his personal best. Having the mindset of winning drove him to success. And well, it worked!
We hope these quotes from Paralympians will inspire your Thursday and encourage you to build your resilience and adopt a more positive mindset.
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