Today I flew to Philadelphia courtesy of US Airways – nothing special in that you might think apart from the young lady sat across the cabin from me clutching a box to her chest and smiling with that profound sense of achievement that only arises in those truly special moments of endeavour.
Sure enough the 5 rings on the outside of the box gave witness that she had achieved something really special – she was a member of the USA Ladies Basketball team who had won a gold medal at London 2012.
The sense of achievement was infectious and was quickly shared amongst the many Americans throughout the cabin, there were many pictures (mine included)and much whooping and hollering in celebration.
She talked at length about the opportunity that she had been given by her parents, her school, her college and thanked each and every well wisher with a modesty that reflected a side to her nation that is not universally recognised throughout the world.
As a Brit I am immensely proud of London 2012 – it reflects well on our nation but as we celebrate, quite rightly, the achievement of Team GB let us remember and celebrate the opportunities that we have provided for each and every one of the participants of London 2012 – our legacy is far wider than we perceive.
With special thanks to Tamika Catchings… Gold Medal Winner London 2012, USA Ladies Basketball Team