Thursday, 25 August 2011

Simon Richardson Update (25/8/2011)

No change to Simons condition today; still critical but stable.  We're all thinking of him.

Yesterday afternoon, I was pleased to receive an e-mail from Lord Sebastian Coe to pass on to Simon and Amanda Richardson.  Coe, arguably one of the most famous track Olympians the UK has produced, now Chairs the London Organising Committe for the Olympic Games.  Despite his amazingly busy schedule; he took time to drop a message of support which you can read below: -

Dear Simon,

I was very sorry to hear about your recent accident and I just wanted to let you know that the thoughts of everyone at LOCOG are with you at this difficult time.

We all wish you the very best for a speedy recovery.

With best wishes,


Sebastian Coe KBE
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Speaking on BBC Radio Wales yesterday afternoon; I talked about the high regard in which Simon is held and how people from all over the world have reached out to offer their support, prayers and help in whatever way they can.  It really instills how much good there is in the world, shadowing tales of rioting and looting which dominate the press.  Here is a story of adversity that everyone is connected to.  An ordinary guy with an extraordinary story which has unfolded over the last ten years.

Although Simon has pretty much lost a week of his life having been induced into a deep sleep, when he does come round he will be amazed by the overwhelming support from people.  He'll be stunned by the messages of support, how the cycling community has galavanised behind him and what goodwill exists towards his whole family.  

Note to Press; Simon Richardson is a double-gold Paralympic cyclist.  On the track in Bejing 2008 he won the LC3/4 1km time trial and 3km individual pursuit. He also claimed a silver in the road time trial and assisted team mate Darren Kenny to victory in the road race.  Further details can be found on his Wikipedia page.

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