Happy Monday PPals! I am currently sitting here cursing as WordPress decided to wipe my writing of this post and I can’t recover it. It was finished too!! Aghhhh
Anyway I will attempt to replicate it….the Uk’s Strictly Come Dancing is whirling through the weeks in a series of foxtrots, tangos, quicksteps and more. This weekend saw the couples entering a whole different level as they performed at the spiritual home of ballroom. Professionals and celebrities alike are all in awe of the iconic Palace Ballroom, Blackpool which takes centre stage and steals the thunder of the dancers, as it is so breathtaking.
This weekend saw the end of the road for an inspirational young man who is a gold winning GB Paralympian and 100m sprinter. I am of course talking about Jonnie Peacock, the 24 year old athlete who aged 5 years underwent surgery for a below knee amputation, having contracted meningitis. He is the first contestant with a disability to take part in the main series and there have been questions along the way – Is it fair for Jonnie to perform the same dances as his able bodies counterparts? How can the judges possibly give Jonnie the same level of critique? Why are the judges picking on Jonnie’s posture, bottom position and stature when he has one leg?
But these questions have never come from Jonnie himself and in his farewll speech last night he said that he was honoured to be the first disabled contestant, and he thanked the judges for judging him as an equal saying
“That’s what I want. You’ve been critical with me and I want that criticism. I think that’s fantastic and hope it paves the way for more people to come through and I think they may be able to stick their bum under a bit better than me.”
His tearful professional partner Oti Mabuse said
“This has been one of the most life changing things that could ever happen to me. Jonnie is not only an inspiration but he represents so much more. ‘If anybody wants to do anything, if you put your mind to it then you can achieve it and that’s what he represents.”
I am not suggesting that we will all, abled or disabled, reach the heights of this remarkable young man, and for those of us living with chronic illness invariably daily pain and fatigue won’t even allow us to reach the putting our minds to it bit, let alone anything else!! But this is surely a good mantra to aspire to and Jonnie Peacock has left Strictly a dancer. Watching him jive on his running blade was a highlight for me…..and not forgetting him as Jack Sparrow on Halloween.
So from one inspiring young man to a handful of inspiring blog posts. With another weekend of dodgy dislocations, I have read lots of blogs, interspersed with cheesy family movies and heat pads! I have picked a selection of posts for you from a variety of bloggers – and as yesterday was World Prematurity Day, the first comes with a mascara alert as it is a post from Nicole that is written from the heart. I have also managed to slip in a Christmas post – never too early – and will aim to do so each week in the build up to the festivities.
So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy some fab posts!
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Have a great week,
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