So I thought I knew what last week held for us. We were going to wrap up the Olympics interviews and hopefully take a bit of a breather.
It sounded good. I was feeling a bit ‘bloggered’.
The week before I had sent two very innocent emails; one to Oscar Pistorius’s media lady, Kate, and the other to the Paralympic press email, enquiring about an interview with two Paralympians.
They were two little emails. Easy as.
Those two little emails changed everything and they completely changed last week.
For one, I got an interview last week Monday with Oscar Pistorius which I wrote about in my blog last week.
That interview has changed what I think is possible and it has really inspired me to, as Oscar said, ‘Live for your dreams’
The other thing that happened, was that Katherine, the Press lady at the British Paralympics Association, asked if I wanted to meet Jon-Allan Butterworth and Jonnie Peacock in person at the launch of the ParalympicGB Team at the Park Plaza last Friday.
Well….I guess that was the next step for me….
I wanted to say ‘No‘ – I was far more comfortable with my email interviews. They work.
Luckily for me, Paul encouraged me to take the opportunity and before I knew it, I had said yes!
I have to admit that even though Friday was something completely unknown; I was cool (OK, so a bit nervous).
The thing was, that I was really happy with all of the interviews and the blogs that I had been able to write for the Metro so far, and as far as I was concerned, this was a bit of a bonus.
All I had was an address of the hotel in Westminster and a two hour slot for Paralympic Athletics and a one hour slot for Paralympic Cycling. Katherine told me that all of the journalists needed to fit into these slots, so I didn’t really expect to get any ‘one-on-one’ time with Jonnie Peacock or Jon-Allan Butterworth.
Let me tell you, that going to the ParalympicGB Team Launch was one of the most special things I think that I have ever done!
Not only, was I in a room surrounded by journalists from the BBC, the Guardian, The Times, Channel four (which was very fun and cool) but I got to talk to Paralympians in person!!
Being surrounded by all of the Team GB Paralympians made me understand first hand what Oscar Pistorius meant when he said,
‘You are not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.’
All of these Paralympians were the embodiment of that quote.
They were first and foremost amazingly talented athletes, and also sparkly, vibrant, inspiring people. They did not want to be judged or pitied because of their disabilities.
I can’t tell you what an experience it is to be surrounded by a whole room full of these athletes.
And, I have to tell you that Jonnie Peacock, who is 19, is a hottie….well, he is…. I got a bit flustered when he walked into the room and even more when he was brought over for the interview. Probably shouldn’t say that… as he is one of Oscar Pistorius’s main competitors for the T44 100m race.
The other thing which I didn’t expect about being at the launch, was to be sat next to two of the nicest jounalists ever….
Tom was on one side and he writes for a website called Inside the Games. He was such a humble person and so friendly, and it was only when the CEO of the Paralympics came over to have a chat with him, that I realised that he knew everyone and had interviewed everyone and I was really lucky that he was so nice to me. He had a picture of him and Usain Bolt as his screen saver. He said to me ‘That was before he became famous!’.
He was like a sporting journalist God….
The other person I met was a lady called Amy who was working for Camelot. She was lovely.
Turns out that Camelot is all about dreams and achieving your dreams too. Wow!
Amy was another fascinating person to talk to and we yacked and yacked and yacked.
There were so many nice people involved in the launch.
When I walked out of the Park Plaza at 2ish, I was flying high. Nothing can beat that euphoric feeling which stayed with me for the whole of the afternoon and into the evening.
If you’d have said to me on the Friday of the week before, that I would have an interview from Oscar Pistorius and be invited to the ParalympicGB Team Launch, I would have laughed.
That’s the thing about riding on the wave of the unknown, you put stuff out there and hang on for the ride.
If I hadn’t sent those two emails, I would have missed out on one of my best weeks ever.
Glad I did.
Here’s to living the dream!