"As a Paralympian, I am full of admiration for everyone who is giving up their time, energy and dedication to volunteer to support others during 2012 Paralympic and Olympic Games in London. Each one of the commissioned ambassadors with be rewarded spiritually and they deserve a Gold Medal of their own."
"I feel really privileged to be part of the 2012 service at St Paul's - it's a wonderful way of bringing young Christians together from all across London to reflect upon and share ideas on how we can make London a better place in 2012!"
"'It's thrilling to see thousands of young people galvanised by the Olympics, catalysed by their faith and mobilised to make a difference in our communities this year. With so many negative headlines about looting and knife-crime, hoodies and youth unemployment, the2012 initiative celebrates the fact that most young people in our capital are fundamentally good and that Christian faith is as relevant as ever. I'm delighted to be involved."
Last night I had the great honour of speaking in St.Paul's Cathedral in London in front of an amazing audience of 2,700 committed Christians, with hundreds more gathered outside to watch the service on giant TV screens. I've raced in front of 40,000 people in the Olympic Stadium in Rome but I didn't notice because I was too busy working hard. I was really nervous beforehand but settled when it was my turn to be interviewed then read from the Gospel of St.Matthew. It was an amazing experience and one I could never have dreamt of whilst growing up in Kenya. The whole service was beautiful and the music, provided by the Twyford Church of England High School Gospel Choir and the Tim Hughes group was truly inspirational. The acoustics in the cathedral were ethereal and everyone felt spiritually enlightened by the whole service. The Bishop of London commissioned the Ambassadors of Christ in London before leading the whole congregation out of the Great West Door alongside the Area Bishops. It will live in my memory forever.
Labels: Bishop of London, Kenya, London Calling, Olympic Stadium Rome, Paralympic Games., St.Matthew, St.Paul's Cathedral, The 2012, Tim Hughes Group, Twyford Church of England High School Gospel Choir
Training has been going very well. The April showers are very unpredictable and this affects the intensity of my training, especially on the track and road. Still, it has to be done, come rain, wind or shine. I was lucky today because I managed to complete my 10 mile roadwork before the heavens opened. I was joined by my friend Dougal, a very friendly dog who likes to race alongside me for part of my route. He is so cute.
On Thursday 29 March I attended the London Youth Games as a guest of UK Athletics. I had to get up very early for an 8am start but it was well worth it to see so many young people participating in sport. I was with long jumper J.J. Jegede and canoeist Anna Jennings, amongst others, and I think we all enjoyed the experience. It was also great to hear that Balfour Beatty have extended their sponsorship of the Games to 2015, meaning £1.1 million will go towards funding grass roots youth sport in the Olympic and Paralympic host city post 2012.The young people that we spent time with in London all have the potential of being the best athletes they can be.To be successful, you must surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.