I was just thinking the other day that it won’t be long… until the 2012 Olympics. Yip… I know .. I know… we’ll have the 2008 Beijing Olympics first and, of course, we’ll have a mass of different Football/Cricket/Rugby World Cups to interest us before then but the Olympics is way different..isn’t it?
It takes an awful long time to prepare a decent Olympic prospect and I’ve just been wondering who are the Northern Ireland Olympic prospects for 2012? Have we got any? Now, I suspect that all the sporting associations are out there doing their bit, spotting talent, organising financial support, building new facilities, paying coaches, putting sports psychologists in place for fragile egos…etc etc.
But, who’s organising the community support that will put heart into the runners, grit into the boxers and pride into the Olympic squad? That would be local communities, wouldn’t it? But, in order to get behind the athletes, the community has to know who they are. To encourage talent the community needs to have a hand in identifying and nurturing that talent.
I don’t know about you but I think it would be way cool to have a couple of really good medal prospects for 2012. So.. here’s a request… anyone out there know an Northern Ireland Olympic prospect? If YOU do…. tell us all about them here and then maybe, just maybe, we can get behind them.
So… I did a wee trawl through Wikipedia trying to find people from anywhere in Ireland who have taken part in the Olympics. This is all I could find… but I’m sure there are more. Who’s missing from this list? It’s a wonder no-one has added Mary Peters to the Wikipedia list.