One of the joys that came out of the two-week lockdown was the opportunity to watch amazing athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics athletes, and Paralympians in the next fortnight, inspired our students through their hard work, determination, sportsmanship, courage, teamwork, and perseverance.
During this last week, we have encouraged Year 7 and 8 students in their HPE classes to participate in the ‘BLU-LYMPIC Games’.
While perhaps not as ‘elite’ as the Olympic Games, the BLU-LYMPICS consists of 10 challenges that can be completed at home with minimal equipment. The students have been encouraged to get their families involved and strive to win a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.
However, just like in the Olympic Games, the aim is not to win medals, but to participate. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who founded the Olympic movement to help build a better world by educating young people through sport, famously said, ‘the important thing in life is not the triumph but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well’. In encouraging the students to participate in the BLU-LYMPICS, we hope to foster to same inspiring attributes we have admired during the Olympics.
Mrs Kate McCarthy
Health and Physical Education Faculty
Co-ordinator of Cross Country