Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Jim Anderson Paralympic Reflections: A medal is special whatever its colour

Monday 12th: I get upset when competitors complain about ‘only’ getting a bronze or silver medal in their events.  Any medal is special whatever its colour. Yes, it's great to get gold but when there are only three medals available to the whole world in your classification be pleased to be on the podium. 

And on another note, I'm pleased to see GB swimmers wearing red caps. It makes them easier to spot in amongst all the splashing!

I must admit I'm enjoying watching all sorts of sports and I'm particularly happy my club-throwing partner from Grangemouth won her gold with a world record.  It will take me ten years to get that far!

It was another great night in the pool; three golds for the three S's; Simmonds, Sasha and Susie. One expected, one hoped for and one unexpected. Keep them coming folks; it’s great to know our sport is in good hands!

Jim Anderson OBE represented Great Britain at six consecutive Paralympic Games, from Barcelona in 1992 to London 2012, after which he announced his retirement.

He has since written  a book entitle, ‘Jim the Swim – A story of determination to live life to the full,’ which is a journey through Jim’s childhood, school days and much celebrated swimming career, which somewhat surprisingly only started at the age of 28.

Copies of Jim’s life story are available from:  or