My hero: Oscar Pistorius by Anne-Flore Marxer

My Hero, the regular that’s best read with Dave Grohl playing softly in your head, often throws up surprise nominations but this the first properly controversial one we’ve had given that he’s standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend! French shredder Anne-Flore Marxer explains her choice

Oscar Pistorius is the most inspirational person I ever met.

I met Oscar, the South African runner, when he was in the middle of his battle to be allowed to qualify for the Olympics even though he has two prosthetic legs.

Not only was he carrying this huge message of hope on his shoulders but he had the kindest look in his eyes and brightest smile on his face.

He was also so humble, kind, fun to hang out with and such a caring person.

A tragic event has happened to him since and now the world’s press, which used to cherish him, are pointing the finger at him.

And still to me he is my hero for all he accomplished within the Olympics rules and more importantly for the message of equality he fought for and for how much time, effort and courage he devoted to that.

I’ve had a difficult year losing some of my favourite people on this planet and again the positive power and hope comes from Oscar. I love the way he brings out simple ideas into changing your way of seeing things forever. Today when he is the one having the most difficult challenges to overcome he somehow is the only one who was able to give me some strength and hope.

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