12 Sep 2012

A Summer Of Sport: It’s All Over!!!

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The Paralympics closing ceremony spikes viewings and pays a sensational tribute to what has been an outstanding games. It represents the end of a special summer in the capital and for the whole of the UK. This summer’s action has been star studded action from the day one. As we move into September, the winter blues are sure to kick in as the TV choices are limited to Deal or No Deal and Xfactor! Oh well, at least Table Tennis can be played all year round and anywhere room or garden you can jam a table into!

The Paralympic Closing Ceremony

Full of emotion and suspense the crowd in the Olympic stadium witnessed inspirational speeches and a musical performance from Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z in the closing ceremony. Followed by impressive fireworks lighting up the London skyline.

All the athletes were cheered out on to the field with their individual flags waving proudly. The atmosphere was full of emotion from the 10 days that the Paralympian athletes put on for us in a spectacle that has exceeded all expectation this summer 2012.

The last 12 days have lifted the height of competitiveness in Paralympic and handicapped sports forever. Tom Coe said “The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation.”

Statistically speaking the Paralympics closing ceremony averaged 5.9million viewers on Sunday evening with channel 4 having the bigger share of the audience than BBC1 or ITV1. The viewings even peaked for a 5-minute spell of 7.7 million viewers. Sunday evenings viewing was only beaten by Jonnie Peacocks 100m win (6.3million) and the opening ceremony that averaged 7.6 million viewers (with a 5 minute peak of 11.4million).

The flame was put out by Jonnie Peacock and Ellie Simmonds, which has burned throughout the Games. A tribute was given to the people who helped put this summer’s highlight together. 70’000 games makers and the armed forces that stepped in to provide security. Lord Coe gave the speech, which received a standing novation from the 80’000 crowd.

This followed a performance of ‘Run this Town’ by Jay-z, Rihanna and Coldplay with a montage of the best moments of the Games to Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’.

The fireworks were spectacular and sparked off all along the Thames as well as the Olympic park and a projection read “Thank you London, thank you UK” on the houses of Parliament.

An attempt at a powerful metaphor from Lord Coe went down well with the crowd with roars of applause. He said, “Finally, there are some famous words you can find stamped on the bottom of a product. Words, that when you read them, you know mean high quality, mean skill, mean creativity, we have stamped those words on the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012. London 2012. Made in Britain.”

Winter Plans?

What have you got planned or are looking forward to, to get you through the winter? Let us know in the comment section below!

Conor Haynes

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