Going for gold

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As I write this letter, Team GB have an impressive tally of 25 gold medals at the XXXI Olympiad at Rio and there is still the possibility of improving on that total.

This has been the most successful overseas Olympics ever for Great Britain and was built on the bedrock of the past two Olympic games at London and Beijing.

There have been many stories of how this golden generation have broken records and amassed more medals to add to their collections but this inspirational tale is not just about those who top the podium and watch their nation's flag flutter above them as the national anthem is played.

There have been amazing stories of those less well-known competitors who have done themselves proud and performed well above expectations.

Sophie Hitchin claimed bronze in the women's hammer, the first time that GB have won any medal at all in this competition.

Nile Wilson also won bronze; this time in the men's horizontal bars, again the first time a GB athlete has achieved such success.

In the women's synchronised 10m platform final, Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson came 5th and in doing so, achieved their personal best.

What we do not see when watching these inspirational performances is all the hard work, dedication and commitment over the months and years leading up to these games. Behind the success there is all the effort that has been put in and expended in order that they can compete at this level.

St. Paul on a number of occasions drew parallels between the Christian life and sporting competitions.

As September brings us once more to the beginning of a new Methodist Year, may we too give of our all and be faithful disciples and followers of him whose name we seek to own.

May we be those who through dedication and commitment seek to give of our all in His service both in the life of our churches and our communities.

With love and God Bless,

Keith

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