Until Wednesday I heard the word disappointed in many media interviews on radio and TV. This is because most of our athletes had fallen short of the targets and we were left wondering where our 1st gold medal was going to come from. Wednesday early afternoon two of our British rowers finally broke our drought in a magnificent display of skill, power and endurance. It was difficult to watch, my emotions were so strong as they crossed the line well ahead of the other rowers and at no time did it look like anybody was going to overhaul them.
The commentators were ecstatic about the attributes of both Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, describing in great detail how, only 4 years ago, Helen had got into her first boat. They spoke of their athleticism, their training regime, their prowess as rowers and quite rightly they were lauded around the TV studios of London. However to my surprise the one thing that nobody spoke about was that these two ladies had a most amazing relationship; in the boat they acted and thought as one, giving themselves totally to each other and to the task in hand. There were tears in my eyes while I watched their celebration because I recognised the depths of their relationship and that to me was more pleasurable than watching them win gold.
A short time later there was the women’s quadruple sculls final. Here were four women all of whom had won championships and each one a brilliant athlete in their own right, but in this boat there was little or no relationship between the individual rowers. Soon after the start of the race it was obvious that this British rowing team would trail the field coming in almost last. This is such a metaphor that individually we will get to play the game but through building relationships we will achieve spectacular goals. Naturally we need the skill, the endurance, the training and the discipline, but it is through relationship that we put our whole heart into it because then we are no longer just doing it for ourselves.
Our hearty congratulations to everyone on the British team.
Jeff and Sue