As the sun blazed down on Sunday afternoon and we watched Andrew Murray thrillingly serve out the final game of the Wimbledon final, the sense of British pride was overwhelming. Everything was perfect. The weather, the long awaited win on home soil, won by somebody who had come through all kinds of battles and adversity carrying the weight of the nation’s anticipation on his shoulders. He is the epiphany of a true sportsman. But he has been the culmination of twelve months of amazing sporting achievements from the UK which has certainly put the ‘Great’ back into Britain.
Almost a year ago to the day we saw Bradley Wiggins become the first man to win the Tour de France in its 99year history. His timing was impeccable, as his victory brought the curtain up on a golden run of Olympic success. We hosted the greatest sporting event in the world in spectacular fashion, winning a record breaking 29 gold medals. The most amazing sporting achievements were displayed from the likes of Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy and Nicola Adams to name but a few and who could forget to mention the adorable Mo Farah winning the 5,000m on Super Saturday!
This was followed by the miracle at Medinah as we saw the likes of Mcilroy, Rose and Westwood help the UK dominated team come from the claws of defeat to win.
Rose continued his success at the US Golf Open in June when he became the first English man in 43 years to win the Open.
This weekend was the icing on the cake as we first watched the Lions beat the Australians to end 17 years of hurt on Saturday and then witnessed a magical Murray crowned Wimbledon champion after 77 years of waiting. We truly are one of the greatest sporting nations in the world. And who knows what the next twelve months will bring as Froome challenges for this years 100th Tour de France and Captain Cooke heads his cricket team down under to ‘hopefully’ bring back the ashes ‘Rule Britannia’!!