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11:14am Sat 11 Aug 12

Roy Stockdill says...

What a fantastic Olympics these have been for Britain !!! Before they began I never imagined for a moment that we would equal our medal-winning exploits in Beijing four years ago, but we have not only equalled them but trumped them! How proud I feel to see Team GB standing overall third in the medals table, behind only two giant nations like China and America and streets ahead of our European rivals and traditionally strong Olympic nations like Australia.

Twenty-six gold medals, plus many other silvers and bronzes and across a wide field of different sports, is an amazing achievement and a tribute to all our athletes, coaches and backroom workers who have expended so much time, energy and determination (and, yes, money too) into making us a nation of WINNERS once more. How much greater are our brilliant athletes like little Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, and our fantastic cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton and the new star Laura Trott (from Harrow, I believe), than the grossly over-paid, grossly under-achieving yobs of footballers who can barely spell their own names?

The most remarkable thing about these Olympics has been to see how regional factions have come together to celebrate sporting glory as Team GB. Scotland can rightly be proud of its successes, as can my own beloved Yorkshire (indeed, tables have been published to show that if Yorkshire had been competing as a separate country we would stand 11th in the medals list, ahead of Australia!). Yet all have competed under the banner of the Union Jack for BRITAIN.

Let's hope that the lasting legacy of these Games will be that sporting pride in Britain's achievements leads to a resurgence of competitive sport in our schools, so that we will continue to dominate in future Olympics and that future generations of our children will not degenerate into obese, couch-potato morons!
What a fantastic Olympics these have been for Britain !!! Before they began I never imagined for a moment that we would equal our medal-winning exploits in Beijing four years ago, but we have not only equalled them but trumped them! How proud I feel to see Team GB standing overall third in the medals table, behind only two giant nations like China and America and streets ahead of our European rivals and traditionally strong Olympic nations like Australia. Twenty-six gold medals, plus many other silvers and bronzes and across a wide field of different sports, is an amazing achievement and a tribute to all our athletes, coaches and backroom workers who have expended so much time, energy and determination (and, yes, money too) into making us a nation of WINNERS once more. How much greater are our brilliant athletes like little Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, and our fantastic cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton and the new star Laura Trott (from Harrow, I believe), than the grossly over-paid, grossly under-achieving yobs of footballers who can barely spell their own names? The most remarkable thing about these Olympics has been to see how regional factions have come together to celebrate sporting glory as Team GB. Scotland can rightly be proud of its successes, as can my own beloved Yorkshire (indeed, tables have been published to show that if Yorkshire had been competing as a separate country we would stand 11th in the medals list, ahead of Australia!). Yet all have competed under the banner of the Union Jack for BRITAIN. Let's hope that the lasting legacy of these Games will be that sporting pride in Britain's achievements leads to a resurgence of competitive sport in our schools, so that we will continue to dominate in future Olympics and that future generations of our children will not degenerate into obese, couch-potato morons! Roy Stockdill
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