On Sunday night as the athletes paraded in the closing ceremony of the London Paralympics 2012, united in their quest to exceed their own limits, our hearts swelled with pride for the achievements of our Sands Beach Active sponsored athletes and friends, Rafa Botello and Marieke Vervoort.
On the final day of these incredible Paralympic games, in extreme temperatures and over the course of three laps of 13 kilometres each, Rafa Botello fought his way in an astonishing sprint finish from 14th to 9th place, beating his sporting idol Heinz Frei along the way, to cross the line less than three minutes behind gold medallist David Weir of Great Britain. Celebrating with his friends and family, Rafa described yesterday as “a huge day!”. Congratulations, Rafa! We agree, it was indeed a huge day 🙂
Reaching the virtual and literal pinnacle of her athletic career, Olympic success for Marieke Vervoort came in the T52 class of the Women’s 200 metres as she crossed the line in second place behind the Canadian Michelle (Mikey) Stilwell to pick up the silver medal. Incredibly, having proven herself to be the second fastest in the world at a distance of 200 metres, Marieke went on to show the world that she is the fastest woman in the world at the T52 Women’s 100 metres, forcing Stilwell into second place and achieving gold for Belgium. A truly breathtaking Olympics for Marieke for which she has worked long and hard.
Marieke, everyone here at Sands Beach Active is absolutely blown away by your performance. We are so proud to know you, so proud that you chose to train with us and we are all looking forward to seeing you again soon to congratulate you in person.
Away from London and the Olympic stadium, Sands Beach Active athletes were reaching new heights elsewhere as Lanzarote Ironman 2012, Victor del Corral, fought his way to a brilliant second place behind Frédérik Van Lierde and in a time of 3:46:46 in the Extreme Man triathlon competition in Narbonne.
All in all, it has been an incredible summer of sport for our Sands Beach Active athletes who have pushed the boundaries of their achievements further than ever and have kept us all breathless. Thank you.