I have a dream, a personal vision of what our wonderful Olympics’ legacy should be.
When Seb Coe and his team pitched for the Olympics he painted a picture of winning London bid which would be inspirational for our youth so that its legacy would be a generation of sport-loving, healthy girls and boys, and adults too.
I loved how the fabulous opening ceremony put youth centre stage. I believe Tessa Jowell’s suggestion that every primary school should have a specialist P.E. teacher is excellent. And I support her idea of setting up a cross-party group to look at ways of ensuring the current enthusiasm for sport doesn’t dissipate once the closing ceremony fades from our memories.
Of course I think that children should enjoy the physical and social benefits that participating in sport brings and I believe that competition teaches key life skills such as working in teams, losing well and winning graciously.
But above all what I hope is that the lasting legacy of these Games will be that girls in particular will identify with role models of real worth, women who have discovered a talent and a passion and then worked hard to reach their personal best. It is well documented that girls have fewer role models than boys do and that those they have are not always women that we would like them to emulate. Let’s hope that seeing wonderful women such as Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Nicola Adams and Jade Jones, worthy Olympic champions, shows a generation of girls and young women a better way of being famous and successful.
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