Monday, August 11, 2008

Well Done Jo!


The household was up even earlier than usual this morning to cheer on Jo Jackson and fellow GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

Jo is from Richmond, and sometimes trains with Richmond Dales ASC, where James also swims. I never cease to be impressed when I watch James, Jo and the other dedicated young people trudging into the complex at 6.30am morning after morning to pound up and down the pool for an hour-and-a-half.

The British achievement in getting a gold and bronze in the 400m freestyle was immense, and an indication as to just how far swimming in this country is progressing. As the BBC website notes, Jo's third place in a time of 4:03.52s meant Team GB had matched their entire medal haul in the pool from Athens 2004 in one race.

Never forget though, amidst all the chatter about swim suits and other paraphrenalia, that their stupendous performances are built on the back of long hours in the pool and the gym week after week from a very early age.

Jo and Rebecca thoroughly deserve their place in thbe sun, with maybe more to come from both swimmers in the days ahead.

9 comments:

Ian White. said...

Finally we agree Nick, Its good to see GB winning some medals and so early on in the competition. Whilst not a fan of the Olympics I am a fan of GB and putting the Great back into Britain.
Well done girls.

miketually said...

Excllent result for Nicole Cook in the cycling too.

ian h said...

Fantastic to see so much hard work and comitment rewarded.

Never mind asbos and hoodies, these are true examplars of what our young people have to offer.

Would also offer my congratulaions to all competitors at the Olympics. Just to get there is a huge achievement...........especially to one such as i whose athletic achievements never went beyond the egg and spoon race.......

Anonymous said...

"Never forget though, amidst all the chatter about swim suits and other paraphrenalia, that their stupendous performances are built on the back of long hours in the pool and the gym week after week from a very early age".

I can only assume you heard this from someone else since you clearly dont exercise, being clinically obese. Stop claiming credit for others and shed a few stone, that would be an intresting blog seeeing how many pound you lose, hell perhaps you and a few Cllrs could even raise some money doing it!!

miketually said...

I think you've pretty much lost an argument before it's begun if you have to stoop to personal insults. Especially when it's done as an anonymous coward.

If you're going to criticise, at least be man enough to put your name to it.

ian h said...

With you on that one Mike.
Can only hazard a guess as to the type of person who uses the hard work and success of these young people in order to try and score the cheapest of points.

shame on you, whoever you are.....

Ian White said...

Must agree, fella's the thread is about the Olympics not personal snides, theres plenty of other topics on here to pick at.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

I totally agree with you Nick.

Young sportsmen and women are so dedicated. They richly deserve their success.

Let's not forget the Mums and Dads who make huge sacrifices running their kids to and from the training sessions and events. I bet they were 10 feet tall today.

But it's not just about winning. Taking part and ejoying playing a sport are important. Pushing yourself to the limits and beyond and discovering hidden strengths. This is what sport is all about.

The parents of the 14 year old diver are no doubt just as proud of him even though he did not win a medal this time. He was there. He represented his country and he took part in the biggest sporting festival. That's important.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

I forgot to add that I also agree with the two Ians and Mike.