Oscar Pistorius made history this Saturday by finishing second in his first-round heat in the men’s 400 metres sprint to become the first amputee athlete to compete on the track at the Olympic Games. Pistorius clocked 45.44, just 0.37 seconds off his personal best, to qualify automatically in the first of seven heats for Sunday night’s semi-finals in London.
After more than two years of fencing the critics and answering to countless arguments why he shouldn’t, and challenging every reason raised why he couldn’t participate in this years Olympic Games, the double leg amputee from South Africa proved to the world that he can. And I bet if you ask him he’d admit to belief as the driving force behind his phenominal success on the track.
With his participation in London this year, the young Pistorious has become a shining example of no reason why not. With the focus of the world on this remarkable young Athlete he represents the aspirations of countless of able-bodied disabled sportsmen and women accross the globe. Why would like to wish you well in your quest for gold, and thank you for challenging our view of people with disabilities, and showing us what we achieve if we simply believe.
Why not indeed!