When people talk of a sporting legacy it’s often with a raised eyebrow and an inference the two words don’t belong together.
The demolition of Don Valley Stadium post London 2012 angered many, for example. There is also apathy in parts of Sheffield about Sunday’s Tour de France stage if reaction on a local radio phone in is representative.
However, try telling 11-year-old Ecclesfield Primary School pupil Ben O’Brien that sport doesn’t make a difference and you may come away from the chat with a different conclusion.
Ben had to have a leg amputated after complications following treatment for cancer. But, such has been his impressive progress – he trains every week with the City of Sheffield Athletic Club – he has set his sights on competing in the 2020 Paralympics.
Ben has met Paralympians David Weir and Jonathan Peacock and told them, “One day I’m going to blow you out of the water!”
Now, while Ben is still a lot of hard work away from lighting up a Games like Weir and Peacock did in London, the dream is there and he’s trying hard to achieve it.
With that, we wish him the best of luck as we do all those who are inspired to achieve great things through sport.