A FORMER Rutherglen woman was able to enjoy one of the biggest shows on Earth when she was invited to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
Patricia Osborne was invited by former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP, to attend the event at the Olympic Stadium in London last week.
Patricia and Brittle Bones Society honorary secretary, John Philips received the honour in recognition for her role as Chief Executive of the Brittle Bone Society, which supports people with Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
She was also one of around 700 guests at a reception in Guildhall before the ceremony.
While there she met chair of SportScotland, Louise Martin, and Scottish Minister for Sport, Shona Robison MSP. She was also introduced to Baroness Sue Campbell, a former England international netball player and chair of UK Sport, something Patricia described as “very special,” given her involvement in netball.
The ceremony itself was a celebration of science and enlightenment, and featured the likes of Stephen Hawking and Sir Ian McKellan.
It also featured Brittle Bones Society member, Penny Clapcott, who performed ballet while suspended hundreds of feet in the air.
Patricia said: “It was a privilege to be at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony along with our Charity’s Honorary Secretary John Phillips representing the Brittle Bone Society. As one of only 700 guests invited in the whole of the UK and to find ourselves on this guest list was quite amazing, and we were delighted that Osteogenesis Imperfecta was being recognised and included, despite it being a very rare condition.
“The atmosphere in the Olympic stadium was electric and I felt really proud of the welcome offered by our country to all disabled athletes from all over the world. To be there and see the spectacular events unfold over the evening and be wowed by the light show, fireworks and drama was something I shall never forget.”