Sunday, 5 August 2012
Apologies but I can't be long writing this, I have far too much sport to watch. I'm still feeling the love after Saturday night's gold medals at the Olympics for Great Britain. Jessica Ennis (heptathlon). Greg Rutherford (long jump) and Mohammed Farah (10,000 metre race), all won gold last night and it felt like the country was jumping up and down.
I'll be the first to admit that during the build up to these game I had been sceptical that we could pull it off and I was not alone in my doubt. It goes to show how much self confidence has plummeted in this country when we only worry about failure and would rather save the money and not even try.
But I was wrong. The strength and dedication of the athletes involved, the fact that it is all happening only 200 miles away from my house and the feeling that we can do it if we are prepared to put the work in is a massive rush.
After watching Britain's achievements in athletics on Saturday night I was up and down the gym at 08:30 on Sunday morning. I wasn't the only one, normally at that time on Sunday it would be fairly quiet but today it was full of people I've never even seen there before.
I even want Andy Murray to beat Federer and normally I can't stand Murray. He never smiles, is dull to listen to and I saw him signing autographs for some children with a look on his face like he had trodden in dog shit.
We are currently third in the medal table and I can't see us rising above the U.S. or China but it doesn't matter. The U.S. have dedication and self belief by the bucket load while China are so focused and united it is scary. But the look of joy on Jessica Ennis's face when she stepped out to collect her medal and the huge roar of love from the crowd made my eyes fill up, something that sport has never made me do before.
We can do it if we try, we just have to believe in ourselves.
We are GREAT Britain and the rest of the world is now finding that out.