We’ve had an exciting and uplifting weekend thanks to Team GB. What a great advert for the Lottery Fund investment in sport that followed London 2012. Let’s hope that it continues and more of our young people are inspired by the dedication and hard work of our athletes – qualities that are rewarded not just in sport but in everything they are applied to.
One of the most heart-warming things I’ve seen during the Olympics was the joy of the Brazilian gymnasts, who won bronze and silver behind Max Whitlock in the floor exercise, receiving their medals. A real example that there’s pride, and certainly no shame in not coming first if you’ve done your best!
I don’t know if it’s inspired by the Olympics but I don’t think I’ve seen as much sporting activity in Central Park for a long time. This weekend the park was full of people jogging, cycling, playing rounders and football, the young ones having great fun in the splash pad and families picnicking. What a brilliant facility it is.
On a more sombre note, recently published Department of Health accounts showed that the money paid out to private-sector NHS providers has more than doubled; from £4billion in 2009-10 to £8.7billion in 2015-16. I don’t think that on these figures the government can deny their creeping, back door privatisation of our NHS.
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