We all need a hero these days – even Olympic champions.
Lynn Davies – forever known as Lynn the Leap thanks to his exploits in winning the long jump at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games – says he’s been inspired by Captain Tom.
Undoubtedly one of Wales’ greatest figures in the nation’s sporting history, Lynn is now 77.
He’s still lean, toned, very physically active and – just as he did in his athletic heyday – seems to resemble a Hollywood film star.
But like everyone else over 70 the current lockdown is giving Lynn moments of anxiety, nervousness and frustration.
That’s why he’s felt a motivating boost by the headline-grabbing efforts of Tom Moore, who has so far raised an astonishing £28m for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden a month before his 100th birthday.
“Captain Tom has been incredible – an absolute inspiration,” says Lynn.
“My role models used to be people like Carl Lewis, and the great sprinters and athletes of their day.
“But now I’ve reached a certain age and there’s still somebody who is more than 20 years older than me, still getting out there and exercising. I’ve thought, ‘Blimey, if he can do that, then I can do what I need to do.’
“That man is making us all feel motivated and inspired and he’s showing that age doesn’t have to be a barrier to being active.”