Friday, September 9, 2016

Jim Anderson Paralympic Reflections: It's strange not being part of it

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.

Jim has been reflecting on 2016, a Paralympic year which he has not been involved in.

It's all very strange sitting at home as the Rio Paralympics get under way. It's the first time since 1992 that I haven't been involved. The swimmers’ apartments will be reeking of shaving foam as they do final preparations. I don't miss that bit!

The buzz of the Games Village, the TeamGB participants in other sports and renewing old rivalries; that's what I'm missing. Congratulations to Lee Pearson carrying our flag and good luck to all the competitors. Enjoy the experience.

I'm pleased that my London 2012 flat-mate Andy Mullen got a bronze medal on Day 1. The pool looks good but I got a shock when I saw Marc Woods commentating with Clare Balding. His beard is definitely showing signs of age!. It was funny to hear him comment on Ollie Hynd's hair. He must be remembering his own hair turning green in Atlanta after he bleached it?!!

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

It is also available as an ebook for download from: