Book Club Summer of Sport with Sir Matthew Pinsent
July 17, 2014

To celebrate the London 2012 Olympics, Living Paintings created 2 NEW Touch to See Books to help people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy and celebrate the Games’ ceremony, sports and spirit.

We’re pleased to say that these books have been really popular with our book club members. They’re great if you are looking for sporty topics for your Book Club to enjoy.

Olympian Sir Matthew Pinsent introduces these Touch to See Books and shares the magic of the Games, with a few anecdotes and stories of his own gold medal years.

Sir Matthew Pinsent in the Studio

Matthew said, “I was delighted to do this, as London 2012 is all about sharing, inspiring, achieving and creating a sustainable legacy.”

Hear Matthew’s special message here 

Both titles are accompanied by ‘Guidance Notes’ which include ideas for activities and discussions for groups to enjoy.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games – Small Beginnings:

From near-naked wrestlers in Athens to old ladies racing for a pound of tea in Shropshire – enjoy the fascinating history of the Games and explore its symbols, gods and ancient sports.

The Olympic Games Symbol – the five rings
Zeus and Hermes
Javelin Thrower and Prize Pot

On the soundtrack there are interviews with Sir Matthew Pinsent, Olympic rower and Rob Tarr, Paralympic wheelchair rugby player.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games – Flaming Torches and Glittering Prizes:

A torch lit by the power of the sun at Mount Olympus and carried by relay to signal the start of the Olympic Games – it’s a powerful symbol.  Explore three torches used in previous Games and also some of the stunning winners’ medals.  They beat the crown of olive leaves given to the ancient winners of the Games!

Three Olympic Torches
Three Medals and a Crown of Olive Leaves

On the soundtrack there are interviews with Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympic wheelchair athlete and Colin Jackson, 110m high hurdler Olympic athlete.

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