Going for gold

The Olympics might be over this time round, but for optics, discovering who's the best in the game is only just beginning

Going for gold

While I would have loved to have made the trip to watch the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio over the summer, I settled for watching much of the sporting spectacle from the comfort of my couch in Clapham.

From the velodrome to the track, athletes across all disciplines were in the carnival capital to compete, succeed and, hopefully, win gold.

As a silentish spectator – as opposed to the cheerer and out-of-seat jumper – I find those final few seconds of a race mesmerising as competitors throw everything they have into getting across the finish line first. And there is something inspiring about watching the best in their trade succeed that enthuses me to up my game – both professionally and personally.

Now I'm not saying that I'll be tying up my laces and taking on Mo in the London Marathon next year, but recalling his face when he triumphed in the 5000m race in Rio – making him Britain's most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time – will certainly get me running out the door…down the road…and along the river.

Turning the spotlight back to optics, tomorrow those in the profession who have gone above and beyond the call of duty over the last 12 months will be recognised when we reveal the shortlisted nominees for the AOP Awards 2017. From optometrists to optical assistants, as well as practices and charities, we will be recognising them all and asking you to vote for our winners.

The Awards move to London next year, and will be hosted at the capital’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre during 100% Optical, where the winners will be revealed at a special gala dinner and ceremony (5 February).

To learn more about the shortlisted nominees, read their profiles and vote, visit the AOP website tomorrow...