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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 2 September 2012

Fun at the paralympics

Wenlock enjoying the games.

2 members of Team GB enjoying the opening ceremony 
 
 
The mexican team

Members of the Dutch team
 
The German team
 
Bermuda?  Not too sure which country but get those wellingtons - a real fashion statement!
 
Let the games begin. Wheelchair basketball. Brazil v GB which GB won by 4 points. A really exciting game.
This is goal ball. The team are all partially sighted and to make it fair they are all blindfolded so that they cannot see anything. I had not watched this sport before so was unaware of the rules. Each team had 3 members and the idea was to throw the ball into the net of their opponents. This was a very close game with Belgium beating the Islamic Republic of Iran by 8 goals to 6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

33 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these "behind the scenes" captures - what fun you've had! Bravo for contributing to this important event. Those blue "Wellies" are great!

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  2. What a great experience to have been involved in this very special games .... I really love seeing the -behind the scenes - glimpses.
    I'm sure you will miss it when the games finally come to a close but what a wonderful experience.

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  3. Great captures of a great show!

    Thanks for sharing;o)

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    Have a nice week****

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  4. Hi there - splendid post. I have to say that I am enjoying my time in front of the TV with the kids watching this wonderful event!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  5. It is interesting to see the pictures, so different from the other games. The sports are also a bit different, but the joy is the same!

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  6. It must be interesting to be so up close and personal with the athletes. They are super human as far as I'm concerned.

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  7. This was so interesting, and I love the lovely outfits of the different countries. You make me truly a Citizen of the World, giving me sights I would miss otherwise! :-)

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  8. The Mexican team were my favourites in the Opening Ceremony, I absolutely adored their ponchos!!! :o)

    So you're getting to some of the games as well? Excellent! Must be really interesting getting to see these different sports!

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  9. Wheelchair basketball really is fun to watch!

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  10. Super human indeed! What wonderful, incredible people with so much courage to face down the difficulties of their lives and participate in these terrific games! Thank you so much for sharing! I am awed every time I watch them!! Terrific post for the day!!

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  11. What fun to be part of the Olympics! Was that on the bucket list too? One of my former 4th grade students was a competitor for the US in racing. Not sure what they would have called it as she can't run but uses the wheelchair. She would be in her early 20s now. I caught site of her in some of the TV ads run here in the States.

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  12. Fantastic shots. What a wonderful event and I appreciate you showing it to us through these photographs.

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  13. Wonderful impressions of a very important event. Thank you for the honour of seeing them. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

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  14. What a fantastic event. I am sure the people playing in the games are very happy to be there and represent their countries. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.

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  15. Wow ~ I am impressed with the event and your photography ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. Great games!! They gave me encouragement through your photos! I love that lovely telephone box! Thank you for sharing.
    keiko

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  17. So great you were up close and personal at the start of these games. I caught some of the coverage of the opening ceremonies and was truly impressed with the mood it struck and with the umbrella theme, of course. :)

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  18. Wonderful Pics!Must be great to be there!

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  19. Wonderful event captured beautifully!

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  20. The performances of these people are just amazing ! I really admire them how they handle their handicap, when I think that some people don't move anymore because they have backache (just because they don't move, lol)

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  21. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  22. what a wonderful series of photo's. Everybody is enjoying themselves. Wonderful.

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  23. I love the wellies. I have never heard of Goal Ball but sounds really exciting actually.

    Mollyxxx

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  24. Calling by from Our World Tuesday, what an interesting start you have made to your adventure. We are having a life adventure ourselves which started as empty nesters moving to Italy. After having a browse around your blog I am your latest follower and will be adding you to the blog roll on my main blog. great to have discovered you.

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  25. Nice captures! the telephone booth so unique!

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  26. I loved the shots of the various countries teams....they all look so happy and excited....this is a really interesting, educational, and lovely blog. I think some of these shots are pretty amazing. I like how you have a theme and you do such current events..sounds like your life is pretty amazing also!!

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  27. i love these shots and the description of goal ball. How wonderful that you have taken in so much of both the olympics and paralympics. I feel lucky that you are sharing the fun!

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  28. Thank you for these. Looks like a wonderful event! So much spirit.

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  29. A great and fun photo collection.

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  30. A very interesting "photo essay" of what must have been a great experience.

    I responded to your comment about Nepal on my blog - should have done it here! It was great reading that one of my visitors had similar experiences and memories. Thank you.

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  31. I am from Holland originally -at least they were dressed nicely- smile. Never heard of goal ball either! As you can see I'm catching up with your blog! You shot great pics of the Olympic events!

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