Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | January 24, 2011

2011 IPC World Athletics Championships

Hi everyone. We are on our last day in Christchurch here and have had a wonderful 2 weeks.

Yesterday was one of my highlights of our whole trip. We went to the International Paralympic World Athletics Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium here in Christchurch.

On our way in

On our way in

We found out last week they were being held here and decided to go. We both love sport and after the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 we really got into the Paralympic events as well.

All athletes are inspiring. I am not counting Lee Bowyer obviously.

Yes, dear. But it was amazing to witness the feats displayed by the Paralympians we saw yesterday. It was moving, humbling and not to mention blooming exciting!

I was out of my seat shouting during the T35-38  (visually impaired) 4x100m relay as our girl came from near last to take bronze medal. “Come on Great Britain!”  We really felt a part of team GB by the end of the day!

We also got up close and personal (though not too close as the officious officials kept us plebs at bay) with the Blade Runner himself, Oscar Pistorius who won gold in the 200m T44 (amputees)  event.

Oscar Pistorious not too close to Erin

Oscar Pistorius not too close to Erin

And I got a wave from another of our favourites, Hannah Cockcroft, who is brilliant and had already won gold in the 200m T52 (spinal cord injury, wheelchair) event and who we saw get gold in the 100m event. Look, she even showed me her medal.

There's only one Hannah Cockroft

There's only one Hannah Cockroft

It’s true to say that the championships aren’t as well attended as the able-bodied version, which is a shame. I think in some respects they are even more exciting, and there are lots of different races/events in each category – so you get several 100m finals instead of just one!

We would definitely recommend going. London 2012 is just around the corner, so why not check out the Paralympics there. Come with us!

You will love it!

In the interests of cosmic balance watching all those fit athletes compelled us to eat lots of food whilst watching, and yes, I really did enjoy this steak and cheese pie, mmmmm.

It was more the thrill of having a pie in the No Food area rather than the pie itself I enjoyed

It was more the thrill of having a pie in the No Food area rather than the pie itself I enjoyed

We head off again tomorrow to Kaikoura. Whales, dolphins, seals, windy coastal walks. Can’t wait! I do wonder if another whale encounter will send Gavin veggie again….

What’s that dear? I don’t think that is a possibility in this land of amazing lamb.

I could go vegetarian, or I could eat this rack of lamb.

I could go vegetarian, or I could eat this rack of lamb.

A poetic end to this blog has just been our millionth earthquake/aftershock rattling us about as we type.

Take care everyone, speak again soon x

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  1. Update – you can watch highlights on Channel 4 or on the website at http://paralympics.channel4.com

    And you can hear all about the latest news on http://twitter.com/ParalympicsGB


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