For my day job, I work as an assistant on a project which aims to get schools more involved in the Olympics and Paralympics through PE and other areas of the curriculem (technology: designing things, foreign languages: the languages of countries taking part, history: how the East End of London, where the park is situated, has changed over the years, etc). Even the Mascots, Wenlock and Madeville, were created to get younger people interested.
While doing some research today, an idea came to me. I myself may not be a huge sports fan, but that doesn't mean that some of my readers aren't. So the idea of doing something sports related for the Olympics might be a good idea, and thought possibly you guys may be interested too?
There are no definites at this point, this is just me seeing if anyone is interested. But what I thought so far is having an Olympic sports blog tour on blogs at some point. Possibly during the games? Before it? I don't know. Each blog could read Olympic sports related book, and see if we can get every sport covered, i.e. one blog does football, another boxing, another Gymnastics, and so on. If you want to see, here are lists of the Olympic Sports and Paralympic Sports. We could see if the books covered can be by British authors, but that's not hugely important. Can see if we can get authors to do interviews or guest posts regarding the Olympics, past Olympics, athletes, etc etc.
EDIT: I originally said UK blogs as London is hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games this time round, but athletes from other countries take part don't they? So why not try and get interest and support for them through reading sports related books in their countries? Open to everyone!
This is just an idea, as I said, and not at all set in stone. If anyone is interested, or has any other ideas, please comment.
EDIT: If anyone is interested, can you actually email me at joannestapley[at]gmail[dot]com instead please? If you've commented already, no worries, I'll sort that out, but if not, please email about your interest. Comment for everything else :) Cheers.