WSM'S Kate Talks Paralympics Fever...And Tells Us Be Prepared To Be 'Blown Away!
The theme of 'enlightenment' was carried through the opening ceremony to the Paralympics, with one of Britain's greatest minds, Stephen Hawking playing a leading role as 'the big bang' and the nation's weather were alluded to powerfully. An estimated 11 million people watched.
World Sport Ministries' Kate Pizzey has already played a role in preparations at Bath University's pre-games camp!
She tells us why this next feat for Britain is even more exciting than the Olympics, for her personally!
(PICTURES: PARALYMPICS SWIMMING STAR, ELLIE SIMMONDS, KATE PIZZEY OF WSM)
At WSM you were really leading an enthusiastic and highly supportive role in the Olympics - how do you feel about the Paralympics?
What has been the most moving or poignant moment of the Paralympics so far for you?
Given that I've only seen the Opening Ceremony so then it's got to be that! Witnessing the joy of the athletes as they paraded the stadium, knowing that the moment they've been working towards for the last four years has finally arrived. I loved the diversity and inclusivity of musicians, singers, dancers and actors involved too.
What is the underlying message of the Paralympics do you think? What is the message we can learn?
The message of overcoming all obstacles life throws at us. The message of hope, transformation and restoration. The message that every human being is able to achieve great things. The tangible evidence of the strength of the human spirit. I believe that through the Paralympics we can learn that life is so much more than what we may be used to, that life doesn't end even with the most horrific injuries and accidents or with disabilities at birth, that there is hope in every situation, that all life is precious and valuable and to be celebrated and admired.
How have the summer sport camps held by WSM been? Have they been more busy thanks to the Olympics?
What is the legacy of the Olympics and Paralympics do you think? For schools and churches in Bath?
That of a nation drawn together, celebrating each others' abilities and achievements. Of generations inspiring each other and the young generation discovering their worth. I would love the legacy to be one of inclusivity - that our churches would welcome more and more people with disabilities, and that our schools would continue to use sport to develop children's character and confidence.