4th August 2011

Adaptable Travel are pleased to announce that they are fully behind and backing the bid to persuade London 2012 organisers to have 2012 Sporting Legacy speaker Derek Redmond and his father Jim Redmond light the Olympic cauldron. Traditionally the Olympics are a place where champions are crowned and the stories of those less fortunate to win a medal are quickly forgotten. However on this occasion the story of Derek Redmond will last forever in the annals of Olympic history because it truly epitomises the spirit and strength of character needed to become an Olympic athlete.

In what were truly remarkable scenes, 2012 Sporting Legacy speaker Derek Redmond battled through injury and mental fatigue to complete the 400 metre semi-final at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 with the aid of his father Jim. After suffering a similar misfortune at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and battling back through injuries, Derek was considered a real medal contender and was even tipped to take the gold for Great Britain. However after a good start Derek felt his hamstring snap with 250 metres to go from the finish line forcing him to come to halt and fall to the ground in pain in what was the most important race of his life. Whilst most athletes would give up and admit defeat, Derek waved away the stretcher bearers showing a relentless will to overcome his injury and finish the race. As he hobbled to the finish Derek was joined by his father Jim who helped him to the finish line where he was greeted by a standing ovation of 65,000 spectators at the Olympic stadium, an image that has become one of the most enduring in modern Olympic history.

It is because of this strength of character and determination that Adaptable Travel would like to back and encourage others to support the bid for 2012 Sporting Legacy speaker Derek Redmond and his father Jim to be given the opportunity to light the Olympic cauldron. Please support the bid by signing the petition- http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/redmonds2012

Now a motivational speaker Derek will be sharing his Olympic story with fellow Olympians Roger Black and Jade Johnson at 2012 Sporting Legacy. If you would like to be part of 2012 Sporting Legacy please contact us for more information.

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