Karen Darke – Olympic Success

14 09 2012

So the Paralympics is over, and I look at the words on one of the signature posters for the event – Courage, Inspiration, Sweat, Love – The Paralympics 2012. The words sum it up perfectly. It’s been a long journey of hard training, thousands of hours of sweat, dirt and sometimes tears – not just […]

So the Paralympics is over, and I look at the words on one of the signature posters for the event – Courage, Inspiration, Sweat, Love – The Paralympics 2012. The words sum it up perfectly. It’s been a long journey of hard training, thousands of hours of sweat, dirt and sometimes tears – not just my own but those that have helped me.

I might have been the ‘tip of the arrow’, racing the races, but behind me were a team of people that allowed me to be the best I could be on the day. The silver medal I came home with is a symbol of all the collective hard work, and the bronze medal in my heart a symbol of the power of friendship over competition (if you don’t know the story see the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUeTQcbxl74[/youtube]

THANK YOU to all of you – you know who you are, and of course to Berghaus for supporting me too. Now the training will be less structured for a while, I’m looking forward to more varied outdoor adventures again…time to dust the kayak and the skis down!

Karen will be reliving her experiences in a talk and Q & A session at the Berghaus evening at Kendal Mountain Film festival on Saturday 17th November 2012.

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