Guest Blog: Matt Whorwood – It’s time for the Paralympic athletes to take the stage
Matt Whorwood, 22, has a condition called Achondroplasia, which is a type of dwarfism. He is set to compete with the Paralympic GB swimming team in five events including his speciality, the 400m freestyle, in which he won Bronze at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.
After years of build-up and excitement the London 2012 Olympic Games has come to an end. I’m sure I can speak for many who would agree it was a fantastic event and we did ourselves proud. It was great to watch Britain do incredibly well across the board of sports and to finish third in the medal table is an amazing feat.
I really enjoyed the opening and closing ceremonies. The creativity and imagination which went into them was brilliant and the inclusion of what makes Britain, well, Britain, was quite a spectacle. Maybe it is just me studying engineering but I particularly liked the forging process demonstration and the bringing together to form the Olympic rings, beautifully creative. I felt a little sadness as the closing ceremony drew the Olympics to an end but am thinking of it more of an end of chapter one of the London 2012 Games.
It is now time for the Paralympic athletes to take the stage and show the world what we can do. I look forward with much anticipation to finding out what the athletes’ village and swimming pool will be like. Watching it on television was one thing, but knowing I am going to be living the experience very soon fills me with excitement. I am also extremely interested to see what the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympic games will hold after seeing the spectacular of the Olympics.
Particularly for the past few months, it has felt like time has sped up. Days quickly becoming weeks, and weeks quickly becoming months. I do hope that time slows down when I am at the Games as I want to enjoy and savour every last minute of it. That is, apart from my race itself, that I hope goes very fast indeed!
Paralympian Matt Whorwood is sponsored by rental firm Adapted Vehicle Hire. Due to Matt’s disability, he relies on a specialist adapted car to get him to training and university. Read more about him here.