After watching the Olympics from Rio, I wonder how many of us will decide to pull on a pair of trainers, pick up a tennis racket or put on a swimming costume? We know it's unlikely we will become the next Jessica Ennis-Hill, Andy Murray or Tom Daley, yet watching elite sport has an immense power to inspire and motivate us. Outside of the professional arena, the power of sport can also be life changing.
Students in my class still get ill from the disease, but it's much less common. I can teach without so many disruptions and my pupils perform better as a result. I give frequent health talks, especially on malaria mosquito net use, and teach adolescent health and life skills. Hopefully the students will pass on this knowledge as they grow up too.