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06

Dec
BBC Sports Personality: a rambling blog about a rambling event – Sam Tripuraneni

BBC Sports Personality: a rambling blog about a rambling event – Sam Tripuraneni

  X Factor Final or BBC Sports Personality of the Year – what to watch? Dermot O’Leary and Gary Lineker, each nicely polished presenters in that housewife’s favourite’s kind of way; Smatterings of famous faces saying lots of nicely correct but instantly forgettable sound bites; having to watch endlessly bland performances to get to what […]

18

Nov
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes – Anna Henderson

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes – Anna Henderson

In a previous blog I wrote of the Homeric immortality that is offered to sporting greats such as Roger Federer or Sachin Tendulkar and recent events have swayed me to look at the sports left behind when such players retire. Take the recent Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Federer is no longer viewed as a […]

07

Nov
Seeing lights – Steve White-Cooper

Seeing lights – Steve White-Cooper

Concussion or brain injury has been a talking point for the past two weeks, since Dr Barry O Driscoll (uncle to Brian and medical advisor to the IRB) resigned in protest at how the authorities were trivialising concussion. Then to really put it in the spotlight (in the way only football can) Hugo Lloris, the […]

28

Oct
Stand by the captain? Sam Tripuraneni

Stand by the captain? Sam Tripuraneni

It was once so much easier to be a rugby captain. You were chosen, you led the team out, you took the coin toss, you made key decisions based on a game plan; you shouted, cajoled, berated (if needs be) all to keep your team going. Personality and charisma helped as did physical presence but […]

27

Sep
Closing the door on tennis, an emotional struggle – Jamie Baker

Closing the door on tennis, an emotional struggle – Jamie Baker

On 18th June 2013, at the age of 26, I played my last competitive singles match as a professional tennis player. Like many before me that moment arrived with an overwhelming number of powerful and conflicting emotions. Reaching the point of retirement has been one of the most significant moments in my life and one […]

11

Sep
Better to burn out than to fade away: the Achilles effect – Anna Henderson

Better to burn out than to fade away: the Achilles effect – Anna Henderson

There is a belief that an athlete lives two lives; firstly everything that leads up to and includes their sporting career; secondly their life after sport. In that regard every athlete therefore also has two deaths. The cult of modern celebrity has shown the addictive power that fame and adoration can have on an individual […]

06

Sep
Domestic v International – Sam Tripuraneni

Domestic v International – Sam Tripuraneni

This is a golden era of British sport, maybe The Golden Era for British Sport. Third in a home Olympics medals table with the likes of Mo Farah and Jess Ennis preeminent in their disciplines; Andy Murray ending the wait for a British grand slam champion wait and more importantly is now also Wimbledon champion; […]

12

Aug
Olympic Quest: Keeping the Flame Alive – Andrew Pink, Volleyball

Olympic Quest: Keeping the Flame Alive – Andrew Pink, Volleyball

My sporting career took me many places. I played volleyball professionally for 10 years and sport transported me from a kid trying to find my way in life, trying to keep off the streets and out of trouble, to an upstanding citizen, a university degree holder, a speaker of three languages and an Olympian. Volleyball […]

25

Jul
Success masking the truth – Sam Tripuraneni

Success masking the truth – Sam Tripuraneni
The halcyon English summer days of my youth will be forever be marked by the cricket season and its unique assault on the senses. The equally inimitable smells of cut grass and linseed oil; the incessant sound of bats being “knocked in;” the glorious feel of leather striking the sweet spot of the willow blade; [...]

05

Jul
Gatland’s Gamble – Dan Luger, Rugby

Gatland’s Gamble – Dan Luger, Rugby
Warren Gatland cannot win, certainly not from a fans point of view. The Lions were expected to win this series, even go unbeaten; the strongest Lions squad versus the weakest Australia team for generations – that was how it was supposed to be. Gatland with his two grand slams and numerous club trophies was in [...]

25

Jun
Mens sana in corpore sano: there is no trade-off between physical and intellectual success – Max von Berg, Triathlon

Mens sana in corpore sano: there is no trade-off between physical and intellectual success – Max von Berg, Triathlon
A belief held and followed by many, especially in Europe, is that physical and intellectual activities are mutually exclusive. Intellectuals are rarely athletes and athletes tend to shy away from intellectual or academic challenge. Both are fundamentally wrong and Oxford is one place where both blend relatively well, although snobbery remains at both extremes. Many [...]

19

Jun
The Tour Begins Now – Peter Winterbottom, Rugby

The Tour Begins Now – Peter Winterbottom, Rugby
The phoney war is over let the real war begin. Let us make no mistake, the loss to the ACT Brumbies was simply not good enough and the Brumbies deserved to win. History will not care that this was the weakest Lions team of the tour against the strongest provincial opposition. Warren Gatland wanted to [...]

17

Jun
RBC Race for the Kids: Great Ormond Street Hospital – Anna Henderson

RBC Race for the Kids: Great Ormond Street Hospital – Anna Henderson
500,000cm, 5000m, 5km, 15 minutes (if you were the race winner!) or 20-25 minutes (for the rest of us). Whichever way you look at it, neither a great distance nor a great amount of time, but sometimes the magnitude of an event outweighs the simple numbers. Many people will not know that Great Ormond Street [...]

12

Jun
Sir Henry…a one off

Sir Henry…a one off
Sometimes sport can shape a man; take the rugged talents that lie within and elevate him to a status that transcends expectation. Very, very occasionally, there comes a man that shapes a sport. Boxing had Muhammed Ali; football had Pele. Horseracing had Sir Henry Richard Amherst Cecil, or just ‘Henry’ to most. His peers called [...]

11

Jun
Lessons in Leadership: Alistair Cook and The Ashes – MCC Member, Cricket

Lessons in Leadership: Alistair Cook and The Ashes – MCC Member, Cricket
What is this fuss all about? England win a test match by 247 runs, win a series 2 – 0, the captain scores a century, as does a young local boy; Swann proves why he is the top spin bowler in the world, and the seam attack bowled brilliantly especially (as ever) when the ball [...]

29

May
Lions Pride before the English Rose: Diversity and Inclusion – Dan Luger, Rugby

Lions Pride before the English Rose: Diversity and Inclusion – Dan Luger, Rugby

2012 provided a magnificent summer of sport for the UK, where national pride moved past the parochialism of the home nations to truly embrace Team GB. Over the coming months we will be treated to the UK taking on Australia not only in the guise of the England cricket team, in back to back Ashes […]

08

May
Alex Ferguson: Lessons for Succession Planning – Oliver Donovan

Alex Ferguson: Lessons for Succession Planning – Oliver Donovan

Today Sir Alex Ferguson announced his decision to retire as manager of Manchester United. United’s dominance over the past 20 years has been due to the leadership of this one man. But whereas Ferguson has been a master of replacing world class players with other great talents, or by producing an even greater team dynamic […]

02

May
Out of the Blocks and into the Boardroom – Mark Lambert, Rugby

Out of the Blocks and into the Boardroom – Mark Lambert, Rugby

At a time in business when competition to hire the best talent has never been tougher, Steve White-Cooper, founder of add-victor, thinks he has found you the edge. The recruitment firm, which launched just prior to the London Olympics, focuses on placing the most talented individuals from both elite sport and the military into internships […]

20

Apr
On your Marks for the London Marathon – Simon Lawson, Wheelchair Marathon

On your Marks for the London Marathon – Simon Lawson, Wheelchair Marathon

London is one of the biggest marathons in the world so there is always a big focus for me and the other athletes coming into London every year, I feel this is even more so this year following the legacy if the London Olympics and Paralympics of 2012.   This year there is a really […]

16

Apr
Is the Room for Fashion in Sport or Sport in Fashion? Heather Fell, Modern Pentathlon

Is the Room for Fashion in Sport or Sport in Fashion? Heather Fell, Modern Pentathlon

In the past athletes might have been labelled as a tracksuit loving, high-heel phobic, fashion clueless group, I think it is safe to say that that myth has well and truly been dispelled in the last twelve months. I am obviously referring to the female sporting population; men in sport have had a much stronger […]

09

Apr
Life is a Game of Inches

Life is a Game of Inches

Life’s a game of inches, one half step too late or to early you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow or too fast and you don’t quite catch it Now, this isn’t US football or a half-time team talk, its job hunting… but this quote does often echo through my head as […]

05

Apr
30 Fences

30 Fences

Tomorrow the eyes of the sporting world turn towards an ordinarily sleepy suburb of Liverpool for the world’s most famous race – The John Smith’s Grand National. Thirty famous fences. Forty horses and jockeys. A crowd of over 70,000. Well over £500,000 to the winner. Around £150m wagered in Great Britain alone. An estimated global […]

02

Apr
It’s Not How Much You Want It’s How Little You Need – Sam Tripuraneni, Army

It’s Not How Much You Want It’s How Little You Need – Sam Tripuraneni, Army

Regiment: 9th/12th Royal Lancers   No one said it would be easy; many spoke of the pitfalls of building a second “normal” career but very few mentioned whether you can get more out of your life after leaving the army.   12 months on from leaving the army I am happy in a more settled […]

25

Mar
Behind the Eyes of an Athlete – Nikki Emerson, Athletics

Behind the Eyes of an Athlete – Nikki Emerson, Athletics

Being a professional athlete really is living the dream, but it’s never been enough for me. I’ve always been determined to work alongside training, mainly, if I’m honest, to prove to myself that I haven’t wasted my degree and I’m smart enough to hold down a ‘real’ job, even though being an athlete really is […]

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