Felipe Guapo - “Maynooth and the Rio Olympics 2016”
My name is Felipe Guapo, I am a 23 year old Brazilian science graduate and I have just begun my time abroad living in Ireland.
Bounce as high as you can!! Maynooth and the Olympics
As everybody knows the summer Olympic Games edition of 2016 is being held in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. The games, which date back from ancient Greece, have become the world’s preeminent sporting competition, counting with the participation of more than 200 countries competing in 43 Olympic modalities.
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Originally, the games were held every four years in Olympia (Peloponnese peninsula) to celebrate the Greek God, Zeus. As time passed, it became a symbol of fraternity amongst the five continents, symbolised by the union of the five Olympic rings shown in the picture below.
For many years, I have watched the games with my family while having a meal or a beverage, and I remember the excitement I felt when somebody was about to win a medal or even the tension I shared with the athletes between each of the incredible movements they perform in the gymnastics. I am pretty sure that everybody loves to play one of the Olympic modalities, from the most common ones, like football, to the most rarely performed, like archery or trampolining.
I sure do. When I moved to Ireland I had the chance to join some of the several clubs available at the Maynooth University, and it's a big list, believe me. Within the clubs, you get the chance to practice a sport and to learn more about the culture of the people around you.
I chose to join forces with the Trampoline club, and with them I had the opportunity to make some great friends as well as to learn how to do some pretty cool tricks on the trampoline. I even participated in a students competition last year, which did not end up going very well as I fell during my routine. But that is not important, with these guys it is all about getting your body moving and having loads of fun.
I surely intend to continue my training for as long as my PhD allows, practicing more and more often. It is a great sport, so do not miss the chance to watch it in the Rio Olympic games and if doing so, give those athletes an applause because as I can personally attest, those moves are not easy to do ;).
As I commented above, the Olympic Games are meant to celebrate fraternity amongst continents, bringing nations together. That couldn’t be more important considering the actual context. The immigrant crisis is showing the world the imminent need for better international policies and the necessity to put an end to war. Let's not forget that we are all members of the same species and that we all probably want the same thing: to live happily and in peace.