|London Marathon 2009|
At the moment much of that debate focuses on what Government are going to do and what they aren't going to do. Quite right too, but I would argue that Government have responded:
- Announcing plans to guarantee competitive sports in primary schools. This is very positive. But, alongside this Government have to show how sport will fit into the bigger picture - they have to show where the space to provide this is in the National curriculum. They also have to recognise that a regime that only evaluates schools based on academic achievement will never deliver the sort of sporting legacy we need. Ofsted need to focus on how schools are delivering the adults of the future; ones that, yes, have a high level of academic knowledge, but that have a good sense of morals, who contribute to society and who love physical activity. The current OFSTED regime fails in that - a system that looks at academic data and pretty much has its mind made up before it even walks through a school's door is not the right one.
- Announced continued funding for elite sport until 2016. Here they are spot on. Ed Milliband has taken an opportunist stance and suggested that a ten year programme is needed (he really should consider joining the Lib Dems!!). He is wrong, sports organisations need to be challenged, they need to be held accountable for their achievements - a ten year deal will encourage complacency, a four year deal will provide the funding that is needed to move towards Rio in 2016 whilst keep people on their toes.
|The end of the (84 Mile) Dales Way|
However, legacy is not just something for Government to think about - it is for all us both as individuals and parents. Most of us know we will never be olympic medalists, but we can all aim for our own personal golds. It is something that is very important to me.
|Finishing the Edinburgh Marathon 2012|
That to me is how we should think about what the Olympics mean to us peronally. Of course we also have a responsibility to make sure our children are active and are given the ability to show their potential and to learn to enjoy being active - but what better example can we provide than aspiring for and achieving our own personal Golds - whether it is a 3 mile run or a half marathon, walking 5 miles or 85? I promise, if you do this, you'll feel great about yourself and the feeling of achieving your personal Gold will make it worthwhile.
(Sorry if some of this seems a bit self-indulgent - it seems the best way of getting a message across).