15/06/2017

2020 Vision... Looking Back; Looking Forward

Tokyo Olympics Poster

I suppose technically they were my first sporting memory. I was born just a month before start of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo....

They've therefore always held a special fascination for me. In many ways they were the first truly modem Games; the first to be held in Asia; the first to involve a political ban, South Africa being barred from participating because of its system of Apartheid; the first to be beamed live across the world by satellite; and the first to be broadcast, at least partially, in colour. Somewhat ironically, therefore they were the last where the athletics events took place on a traditional cinder track!

There were also so many truly special sporting moments, both for British athletes and those internationally.

Abebe Bikila

In terms of the latter, Ethiopian Imperial Guardsman Abebe Bikila was surely the most iconic, becoming the first man to win the Marathon twice - this time wearing shoes but only three weeks after having suffered Appendicitis (!) - finishing four minutes clear of the field, breaking the world record and then doing callisthenics as he waited for the second place runner to arrive...

Lynn Davies

For Britain, there was Long Jump Gold Medalist Lynn 'The Leap' Davies and, most romantically in every sense, Ann Packer becoming the surprise winner of the 800m, having never run the distance at international level before the Games and celebrating afterwards with fiancé and future husband Robbie Brightwell, who had missed out on a Gold Medal as one of the favourites for the Men's 400m...

Ann Packer

So for regular readers, who know my passions and interests, it perhaps no surprise that the opportunity to develop exciting and innovatively themed learning programmes inspired by the next Tokyo Games in 2020 are a source of huge excitement!

We’re doing it in a few ways.

There's a weekly Japanese Language Enrichment class on Mondays...

Our 'Tokyo 2020 Ambassadors' have produced this brilliant video expressing our - the Olympic and Paralympic - Values in Japanese, which has already been shared with potential partner schools in Tokyo....

And over the last week we've held three superb Theme Days for over 500 Year 5s from 20 of our local primary partner schools, where in workshops led by our Year 9s resplendent in kimonos on loan from the Japanese Embassy, they've learn to count and read....

Taster Day
Taster Day
Taster Day
Taster Day

And to make amazing Origami flower displays inspired by the official 2020 Olympic and Paralympic logos…

Tokyo Logos
Tokyo Flowers

The days really have been occasions when pictures speak louder than words...

Taster Day
Taster Day
Taster Day
Taster Day
Taster Day

2020 Vision. Looking back... But now very much looking forward.

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