Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jim Anderson Paralympic Reflections: Two Girls Names Ellie, One Ambition

It has been so exciting to see a 15 year old girl win a gold medal in the 50m butterfly. Your first gold medal is special and I will always treasure my first one from Atlanta. I was worried, however, that Paul Noble might lose his commentating voice altogether in his excitement as Ellie won!

I really enjoyed watching both Ellies in their race, one inspired by the other. It's funny to think of Ellie Simmonds as a veteran of three Paralympics at the age of 21. I had already turned 28 at my first Games. Both Ellies have a lot more to give in what I hope will be long careers for them, and a lot more excitement for Paul Noble to shout about. Keep it coming girls!

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.