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Examine the significance for self, others, and society of a sporting event, a physical activity or festival.

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Rebekah McCoy

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Transcript of Examine the significance for self, others, and society of a sporting event, a physical activity or festival.

Introduction Cultural Societal Historical Economical polotical Environmental Conclusion The 2012 London Olympic games is the biggest sporting event in he world. This Olympics cost alot of money. This presentation will discuss/talk about the countries, athletes, genders and sports that are advantaged and disadvantaged whilst taking part in the games. This will be shown through these sociological factors, Societal, Political, Economic,Environment, cultural and Historical factors . The Olympic games bring together many different cultures to share the love they all share for there particular sport/event.. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. There are many individual ways each country individually shows their different cultures. New Zealand for example have the national anthem.

Another cultural thing that sets new Zealand apart from everyone else is the traditional dance called the Haka. While the Olympics are about the athletes, something that even non-sports fans often look forward to is the opening ceremony. The opening of the 2012 London Games took place on July 27 and was viewed by millions. Many months before the olympic games took place advertising began. As the advertising was all over the place it was almost impossible for people not be aware of the tallent and excitment brought with the games. This started the already much anticipated hype that would be received during the big event. The new stadiums being built modernly in every aspect as well as the accommodation being booked out by tourists prior to the beginning of the games only begnins to show how much society wanted to be included in the event. Schools and work places all over the world have joined the hype of the Olympic games. Getting behind their countries athletes. Avonside Girls' high School in Christchurch, New Zealand for example thoroughly got involved in the world wide event. Creating their own olympic competition during school time. Year 12 students from AGHS study the Olympics from many different aspects.
Facebook pages were created for updates by individuals to keep people all over the world up to date on the athletes. Between the 25th of july and the 12th of august television channels were engulfed with airing of the london olympic games.
Over 24 4 channels were sued to air the olympic games with most of them shwing the highlights all day and night. for societies there are positives and negatives when it comes to the London olympic games. positive: Schools took part in their own olympic games and were told to reaserch the history etc. One school in Christchurch New Zealand, organised there own Olympics including every year level and some of the teachers. Avonside Girls' High School had lots of fun dressing up in there countries and taking part in the events that they chose. the advantages.
It will encourage children and young adults to participate in more sport. Also, it will bring inspiration to many more people. Sports shops, restraunts, hotels will be busy places while the Olympics are taking place. London will become a more popular place.
There will be lots of tourists visiting.

Negative: Although the result of the london olympics was mostly positive some people were left more then unhappy. Colleges/students have taken time off from there occupation to watch the games. Michael Forsyth said "I wanted to take a fortnight off to watch the Games on TV and enjoy the party atmosphere. Instead, I'll be working 7am until 5pm most days. It doesn't seem very fair." although some people may believe its unfair to work while the olympic games are on, others believe that the world does not stop and people need to continue working as normal. another issue that was found to annoy some people in society was the full on coverage of the olympic games on tv. Although the majority of people enjoy sport, some people do not and find it unfair that they are left with nothing enjoyable to watch.

Personally I can see both sides as I have family members who do not enjoy watching sport. i however loved watching the Olympic games and being involved with the events that took place at school such as javelin. There are many economical factors to consider when it comes to the Olympic games. Some of these things include many positives and some negatives. The cost of the Olympic games was very high. 27 Million was spent on the opening ceromony alone (dailytimes).
'When the last medal is handed out, will British taxpayers get the legacy they are paying for?' was the question many people were asking. The Federation of Small Businesses claim Locog has lost “all sense of reasonableness and proportion” and has gone too far in its enforcement when shutting down small buisnesses to create bigger ones just for the games.

Counting the costs, take a look at this clip that goes into depth of the cost of the London Olympics.


I think the amount of money spent on the olympics is somewhat ridiculous. However when I saw the results I was very impressed.

When I asked my friend Libby what she though amount the large amount of money she said 'I think that money could be spent a lot better. On people who are homeless, or sick or are not managing because of lack of money. Also what if people in London don't like the olympics, they still have to pay tax towards it. I would hate that if it was me'

According to legend, the ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus.
The first Olympic Games for which we still have written records were held in 776 BCE , though it is believed the games had already been happening for years before that. This Olympic Games, a naked runner, Coroebus, won the sole event at the Olympics, the stade - a run of approximately 192 meters. This made Coroebus the very first Olympic champion in history.The ancient Olympic Games grew and continued to be played every four years for nearly 1200 years. In 393 CE, the Roman emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, abolished the Games because of their pagan influences.Approximately 1500 years later, a young Frenchmen named Pierre de Coubertin began their revival. In 1890, he organized and founded a sports organization, Union des Sociétés Francaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA). Two years later, Coubertin first pitched his idea to revive the Olympic Games. At a meeting of the Union des Sports Athlétiques in Paris on November 25, 1892, Coubertin stated,
''Let us export our oarsmen, our runners, our fencers into other lands. That is the true Free Trade of the future; and the day it is introduced into Europe the cause of Peace will have received a new and strong ally. It inspires me to touch upon another step I now propose and in it I shall ask that the help you have given me hitherto you will extend again, so that together we may attempt to realise [sic], upon a basis suitable to the conditions of our modern life, the splendid and beneficent task of reviving the Olympic Games.''
Though Coubertin was not the first to propose the revival of the Olympic Games, he was certainly the most well-connected and persistent of those to do so. Two years later, Coubertin organized a meeting with 79 delegates who represented nine countries. He gathered these delegates in an auditorium that was decorated by neoclassical murals and similar additional points of ambiance. At this meeting, Coubertin eloquently spoke of the revival of the Olympic Games. This time, Coubertin aroused interest. The delegates at the conference voted unanimously for the Olympic Games. The delegates also decided to have Coubertin construct an international committee to organize the Games. This committee became the International Olympic Committee (IOC; Comité Internationale Olympique) and Demetrious Vikelas from Greece was selected to be its first president. Athens was chosen as the location for the revival of the Olympic Games and the planning was begun.

This particular games is perticularly significant as it is the first Olympic games that every country taking part has had a woman comepeting. Historically the only sports females were able to participait in lawn tennis, croquet and golf . This year, for the first time ever, the U.S. Olympic team will include more women than men. An to shock the 'male dominance' opinions even more the woman came home with more medals then the men. 100 total medals to the woman,and only 59 for the men. The olympic games has many political factors. Some of these factors include the appearance of many members of the royal family making an appearance as well as many childrens idols such as football star David Becham and the president of the united states Barac Obama all showing there interest in supporting the country's athletes at this extremely big event. Prince Charles was seen watching ever tennis match he could while newly-wed Prince William and Kate Mddleton attended many tennic and equestrian competitions. Mr and Mrs Obama were seen supporting the USA tennis stars. The unity of such high up political people with normal every day people at an event lije this leaves the athletes feeling much more appreciated as well as supported.
Personally as a result of the attendance of such people I find myself feeling more interested to watch it. The fact the people with so much power and influence have taken the time out of their busy lives to support their country makes me happy.
When asked my friends agreed and said they 'found the olympics that much more inspiring when people like Prince William are there' According to a recent estimate, the games will produce 3.4m tonnes of CO2. This compares with total annual UK emissions of around 550m tonnes.
++33 Environmental factors influenced by the olympics are things such as the massive incline in number of tourists in London. This has negative impacts on the environment as it will create more carbon footprints.
2012 imperticular is significant in regards to environment as it marks the final year of Britain's first carbon budget. The budget commits the UK to legally binding emissions cuts, so London's failure to stage a low-carbon Olympics would be extremely embarrassing if they failed to do so.
This was 'supposed' to be the greenest ever games when it came to the environment. More important than the torch, in terms of long term sustainability and emissions, there was an opportunity here for the building design of new stadiums and the Olympic park to be bigger and better for the environment. Instead, it seems that a proposal to generate 20% of electricity on site was abandoned.This may not ultimately have been deemed do-able - or, more likely, proved too expensive for such a project. But it should have been possible to compensate for this shortfall in other ways for example using more renewable energy on site.
'The Olympic organisers are finding it difficult to harness the continued griping over plans for 2012 into something more useful. It's a shame to let so much hot air go to waste. (Financial times)
The tourists footprints was huge as was the amount of litter they left lying around London. As there was alot more air traffic as well as motor vehicles being used in and out of London fears of disruption to public transport was a big issue. In conclusion the 2012 Olympic games has many significant factors. In this report I have shown through discussing these sociological factors; Societal, Political, Economic,Environment, cultural and Historical factors. By including these 6 factors into this presentation I have described many things. For example, 'important' political people who attended the olympics, and the results of this, the impact on society of the phenomonal event of such a big event, the impact on the environment. I have showed the different cultures that have been included as well as discussed the history of the Olympic games.
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