Patricia Carswell |

Lessons from the summer of sport

As the closing ceremony in Tokyo brings a magnificent summer of sport to an end, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned from the Olympics and Paralympics. Even the lowliest and least successful club rower can find wisdom to glean from our sporting heroes.

Here’s what I’ve learned from a season glued to the screen.

Sport can make the world a brighter place

In a summer fraught with grim news on the national and international stage, the Olympics and particularly the Paralympics were a bright beacon of light. As wildfires burned, hurricanes raged, people fell ill and Afghanistan was thrust into turmoil, the summer’s sporting events provided a welcome reminder of how sport can lift our spirits.

Who could fail to be moved by the presence of the Refugee Olympic Team, demonstrating the true meaning of the new Olympic motto, “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together”? Or by Afghan Paralympic athlete Hossain Rasouli’s personal best in the long jump after a perilous journey from his home country?

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