BY JOSEPH FORMBY (11D)
On Monday 3 September, a group of eleven Isleworth & Syon students were lucky enough to go to the Paralympics. This was a reward for their hard work in sports leadership within the school and local community. It was an exciting and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Olympic/Paralympic Park and athletics stadium.
The atmosphere in the arena was amazing. Rousing cheers were given to all athletes not only those from the GB team. We saw an incredible range of track and field events including the Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, as well as the 100m, 400m, 800m and 1500m on the track. Some athletes were running with guides while others competed in wheelchairs. It was a really enlightening experience to see these athletes perform to their maximum and, in addition, we were lucky enough to see a number of medal ceremonies including the GB athlete David Weir, who picked up his gold medal for the 5000m race.
I personally felt proud and privileged to be in the stadium when the national anthem was played. Overall I thought it was a great day and we would like to thank Mr Mawn and Ms Squires for taking us on such a memorable and personal experience.