athletics

Partner link: Young American Athlete Alerts Officials to Scoring Error and Misses The Cut

Meet Davis Robey, a 17 year old student, who throws the shot put for  Mason High School and dreams of one day qualifying for the Regionals. The shot put is one of the Ancient Olympic Games early events dating back to 684 BC when the goals of the Olympic Games were as much about developing athletes’s minds and bodies.  These principles remain today. Honour, honesty and friendship are key principles amongst true athletes today.

Graphic of the Ancient Olympic Athletes
The Ancient Olympics 684 BC principles remain alive and well today

On May 16th Davis Robey competed in the Division 1 Finals hoping to get within the top 4 and qualify for the Regionals.  An official scorer announced Robey in fourth place with a throw of 137 feet.  Robey knew he had only thrown 132 feet and that it was a mistake.  So Davis Robey stepped up and alerted the judges to the error. In doing so he forfeited his opportunity of competing in the Regionals, as he now finished 7th.

Robey is a true athlete who has ‘the milk of human kindness’ and buckets of integrity. He spoke quietly afterwards:  “It’s unfair for someone who did throw farther than me to not move on, because they worked just as hard as I did. ”

Watch The Interview

Watch the video interview of this inspirational young man.

 

 

Partner link: Smiling Helps You Win In Sport and in Life

Why Does Everyone Love The Smiling Nicola Adams?

Apart from formerly working construction sites and as a tea lady behind the scenes on UK TV’s Coronation Street,  she is Britain’s only boxer to have retained a gold medal in consecutive Olympics. That is a very good reason in itself. But there is something else magical about her. It’ that smile. It’s infectious.

Nicola Adams and her wonderful smile

Nicola Adams and her wonderful smile

 

Greatest Long Distance Runner Always Smiled

A smile adds value to an athlete. People remember stars that smile more than stars that don’t! Here’s Elizabeth Egan,  former head of High Performance Sport, University of East London (and author of  Altitude Training Travel Guide) talking about how a smile adds value to an athlete’s worth.  “It’s interesting the power of a smile & personalities in sport. ……. but if you ask the general public ‘who is the greatest distance runner of all time, they will probably say Haile Gebrselassie  despite the fact that he has lost all 3 of his world records, two of them to his fellow countryman  Kenenisa Bekele”.   Gebrselassie  always had a  big smile. Everybody loved him.

Brazil’s Greatest Footballer Always Smiles  

Ask who was Brazil’s greatest footballer ever and most people will say Pele but in fact, Brazilians will tell you it was Garrincha. But he didn’t have Pele’s smile & friendly style. People remember Pele. Here is that beautiful photograph of Pele and England’s 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore smiling as friends, after their epic 1970 battle. It is such a great photograph, I put it on the cover of my sportsmanship book (the last image at the bottom of the cover). People remember the smile.

Pele and Bobby Moore embrace and smile as life-long friends

Pele and Bobby Moore (the last photograph) embrace and smile as life-long friends

 

 

New Snooker Superstar Plays With A Smile On His Face

Meet Sunny Akino from Thailand. Just 22 years old and he gave the most fantastic snooker performance seen in years, two weeks ago against his hero, the 5 times world champion, 44 year old Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan.  Read the full story here. Sunny continuously smiled and thanked Ronnie for the game and Ronnie (smiling too) says all of Britain loves Sunny because, on top of being a world class snooker player, ‘he played with a smile on his face’.

Watch the post-match interview (11 mins 27 seconds) and/or hear what the commentators say about Sunny

 

Try To Smile As Much As You Can

They used to give medals for poetry in the Olympics. The last gold medal for poetry was awarded in London 1948 Olympic Games.  Here is a 60 second poem about smiling. It should be read out all games and remembered throughout your life. try to remember this invaluable little poem about smiling, narrated by Malcolm Weaving, from the Campaign For Courtesy.

 

So there, you have it. A lifetime Tip – use your smile. it’s an international language and will help you to get more things done, make more friends and oil the wheels of life.  We don’t know who wrote this poem. if you do – please tell us. Or also tell us how a smile helped you – we’d love to hear your story.

If you like this poem, you might also like this other, even shorter,  poem about sportsmanship. It is visually beautiful with amazing ornate graphics & makes a great Christmas gift or birthday present if you print it and frame it. We don’t know who wrote that poem either and have a 9 year ongoing discussion about it. Let us know if you know.

Happy Christmas

Paul

PR Smith

Partner link: London Marathon, Maori All Blacks, Racing 92, Rose v Garcia – BBC Radio Interview PR Smith May 2013

Recent sportsmanship moments are discussed live on BBC radio across the UK. Georgy Spanksy chats with PR Smith about some recent amazing sportsmanship moments including the London Marathon, the Maori All Blacks &  Racing Club 92 ‘s incredible gestures to Munster Rugby, &  of course, that incredible competitive friendship displayed during that final round of golf in this year’s Masters between Justin Rose v Sergia Garcia. 

 

 

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments From Rio 2016

Here are our Top 10 Great Sportsmanship moments from Rio 2016. It really was difficult to choose the Top 10 and , in particular, the number 1 moment of sportsmanship from the many sportsmanship moments we posted on social media (facebook and instagram) each day. So here’s the list in reverse order.

photo of the Olympic Flag

The Olympic Flag

10. Haitian Hurdler Never Gives Up [Hurdles]

Jeffrey Julmis of Haiti knocked over the first hurdle in his race and fell to the floor. Despite the immense disappointment he pulled himself up on his feet and finished the race. He demonstrating great courage and a real ‘never give up’ attitude.  This is similar to Derek Redmond story from Barcelona.

9. Fiji’s First Olympic Medal Is Gold – Fiji Celebrates [Rugby] 

Fiji Win Their 1st Olympic Medals Ever. So Never Stop Trying. If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying For 60 Years & Then Win Gold – Fijian Olympic Heroes For the first time ever in the history of the Olympics and celebrated their first Olympic medal, and it was gold. They have played wonderfully exciting rugby for many many years with little reward until now.

8. French Victors Congratulated By Irish Rowers & Interviews Go Viral [Rowing]

“Fair Play To You. You Deserve it.” said the two ecstatic, silver medallist, Irish brothers  to the two victorious, gold medal, French rowers. Gary and Paul O’Donovan from Skibareen, Ireland were all smiles as they congratulated the two victorious French rowers (in the middle of their TV interview) with a famous Irish expression; ‘Fair Play To You’ – which means ‘you deserve it – the best team won’.  This video is about joy and pleasure of sport – the thrill of giving it your best. Despite being pipped at the post, they became Ireland’s first ever Olympian rowing medalists, and were able to enjoy every moment of it. So much so, their interviews went viral.

 

7.  American’s Dignity In Defeat [Swimming 100m Butterfly]

USA Phelps Smiles Despite Defeat – Singapore’s Joseph Schooling made history today as he beat his hero in the swimming pool. Some years earlier, In 2008, Phelps obliged Joseph when he asked for a selfie with his hero. In 2016 the kid came back and ‘stole’ the champs medal (by beating him in the race). Phelps took it like a real champion and his smile beamed the radiance of a truly great race – where each has given everything and the adrenaline is still pumping and both swimmers know they just competed and gave everything they had.

 

6. Polish Discus Thrower Sells Silver Medal To Raise Money For Child Cancer Patient [Discus]

Polish athlete Piotr Malachowski won a silver in the discus event, he then auctioned off his silver medal to pay for a young boys treatment, who was dying of cancer.  An amazing gesture!

 

5. British Bubble Burst But Belgian Friendship Prevails [Heptathlon]

Jessica Ennis-Hill showed us all exactly how to lose gracefully. She’s humble in defeat even though she lost her title. She was a humble Olympic champion (& favourite), had a baby, came back and trained hard for 4 years. Although she was determined to win gold again, her bubble was burst when she was beaten by the wonderful and much younger Belgium athlete. Despite this, Ennis-Hill is still a real champion as she congratulated and, with a real warm smile, embraced her victor, the new Olympic Champion,   Nafissatou Thiam.

Photo of Jessica Ennis-Hill throwing the javlin

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Photo of Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam throwing the javlin

Nafissatou Thiam

4. Ups and Downs Can’t Stop British Somalian  [Middle Distance] 

Mo Farah stumbled and fell during his 10,000 metre race but instead of feeling sorry for himself or giving up, he got straight back up, recomposed himself and won the race! He showed us that with the enough desire, heart, commitment, courage and ‘will to win’ you can reach your goals. Never give up!

 

3.  Old Gets Gold as 58 Year Old Brit Wins After Broken Back & Retiring 16 Years Earlier [Show Jumping]

Great Britain’s Show Jumping hero, Nick Skelton is the oldest British gold medalist for 100 years. He has competed in 7 Olympics but never won gold. Broke his back, retied 16 years ago, had his hip replaced. Came back. Never gave up since. Eventually won gold. Jump racing champion & legend, Ireland’s AP McCoy, tweeted: “Delighted for Nick Skelton, the most brilliantly talented rider that deserves a gold medal more than anyone.”

picture of Horse jumping fence at RIO 2016

Show jumping at Rio 2016

2. North and South Koreans Embrace – When Enemies Become Friends [Gymnastics] 

North Korea’s Gymnast Hong Un-Jong shares a selfie with South Korea’s Lee Eun-Ju. The two countries have had very serious trust issues for years and have boiled over into threats, missiles and much more animosity for years. That’s why this picture stands for so much. Sport can, and does, bring people together.

1. Kiwi Stops To Help American [Middle Distance Athletics]

New Zealand runner stops to help fallen American in amazing show of sportsmanship. American Abbey D’agostino and Kiwi Nikki Hamblin tripped up each other in the 5,000m prelims. D’agostino injured her ankle. Hamblin helped her up and the American finished the race. They embraced at the end even as the American was taken away in a wheelchair. https://youtu.be/TN7xK2LBa_w Rio 2016    These moments captured the imagination around the world here’s Sri Lankin Tamil TV showing video footage of it.

 

So there you have some wonderful moments of sportsmanship. There were many many more which you can see on our Facebook and Instagram pages facebook and instagram. Please tell us which is your favourite story by adding a comment at the end. Please also share this post with as many people as possible so that everybody knows that Olympic flame is alive and well.

Photo of olympic flame

Olympic flame

Partner link: Young American Runs ‘Til She Drops – Collapses After Every Race

Meet Kayla Montgomery. Remember her name.  She is one of the best young distance runners in America. She’s also got multiple sclerosis. She collapses at the end of every race (and training session) as her leg muscles start to burn from inside.  She somehow gets through 5,000 metres before finishing and collapsing as her legs give up.

Watch this inspirational 12 minute video .

When she had to give up her favourite sport, soccer, since it was a contact sport, she didn’t moan or groan, or cry. She took up a non contact sport, running. Kayla says that she wasn’t really guaranteed the next couple of years of running and:

“I wanted to make the most out of running everyday that I could.”

Her coach classified her as an average runner. Despite this and her MS condition. She got better and better as a runner. Racing, competing, winning. Collapsing.

As her body heats up from running, the feeling in her legs deadens.”It’s a very strange feeling, or lack thereof, to know that that your legs are moving but not be able to tell how fast, or tell where, or , I guess, tell anything. You don’t know what’s going on. You just know it’s happening.  Despite all of this, Kayla made the varsity team. And kept getting faster. Then  trained with the boy’s team.  Then became one of the fastest girls in North Carolina.

Because she’s lost the feeling her legs, she cannot co-ordinate her feet at the end of the race and collapses. Every time.

Kayla’s coach explains why Kayla runs: “To beat it (MS). To outrun it (MS).”

“To get movement out of those legs while she still can. That’s why she’s still running.”

Kayla

In her final race of her high school career, The North Carolina State Championships, she fell after the first lap. Picked herself up off the track, chased after and caught up with the pack and somehow went on to win the race (reminiscent of the great John Lanbee).

Kayla says:

“I just hope to run as long as I can.

To make the most out of it as long as I can.

When at some point down the road, I’m not able to run, at least I can look back and know that when I could, I gave it my all.

 

So if you ever feel like maybe giving training a miss. Or if you ever feel like not playing, think of Kayla. If she can do it. So can you. Just think of Kayla Montgomery.

 

 

Editor’s Note: Get well soon Ciaran Nally. Let Kayla inspire you to get up and go again once  you have recovered fully.

Partner link: Young American Runs ‘Til She Drops – Collapses After Every Race

Meet Kayla Montgomery. Remember her name.  She is one of the best young distance runners in America. She’s also got multiple sclerosis. She collapses at the end of every race (and training session) as her leg muscles start to burn from inside.  She somehow gets through 5,000 metres before finishing and collapsing as her legs give up.

Watch this inspirational 12 minute E: 60 video .

When she had to give up her favourite sport, soccer, since it was a contact sport, she didn’t moan or groan, or cry. She took up a non contact sport, running. Kayla says that she wasn’t really guaranteed the next couple of years of running and:

“I wanted to make the most out of running everyday that I could.”

Her coach classified her as an average runner. Despite this and her MS condition. She got better and better as a runner. Racing, competing, winning. Collapsing.

As her body heats up from running, the feeling in her legs deadens.”It’s a very strange feeling, or lack thereof, to know that that your legs are moving but not be able to tell how fast, or tell where, or , I guess, tell anything. You don’t know what’s going on. You just know it’s happening.  Despite all of this, Kayla made the varsity team. And kept getting faster. Then  trained with the boy’s team.  Then became one of the fastest girls in North Carolina.

Because she’s lost the feeling her legs, she cannot co-ordinate her feet at the end of the race and collapses. Every time.

Kayla’s coach explains why Kayla runs: “To beat it (MS). To outrun it (MS).”

“To get movement out of those legs while she still can. That’s why she’s still running.”

Kayla

In her final race of her high school career, The North Carolina State Championships, she fell after the first lap. Picked herself up off the track, chased after and caught up with the pack and somehow went on to win the race (reminiscent of the great John Lanbee).

Kayla says:

“I just hope to run as long as I can.

To make the most out of it as long as I can.

When at some point down the road, I’m not able to run, at least I can look back and know that when I could, I gave it my all.”

So if you ever feel like maybe giving training a miss. Or if you ever feel like not playing, think of Kayla. If she can do it. So can you. Just think of Kayla Montgomery.

 

 

PS Kayla you inspire people all over the world. Here are three  primary school students from Links Primary School, London telling your story in 60 seconds.

Partner link: Young American Runs ‘Til She Drops – Collapses After Every Race

Meet Kayla Montgomery. Remember her name.  She is one of the best young distance runners in America. She’s also got multiple sclerosis. She collapses at the end of every race (and training session) as her leg muscles start to burn from inside.  She somehow gets through 5,000 metres before finishing and collapsing as her legs give up.

Watch this inspirational 12 minute E: 60 video .

When she had to give up her favourite sport, soccer, since it was a contact sport, she didn’t moan or groan, or cry. She took up a non contact sport, running. Kayla says that she wasn’t really guaranteed the next couple of years of running and:

“I wanted to make the most out of running everyday that I could.”

Her coach classified her as an average runner. Despite this and her MS condition. She got better and better as a runner. Racing, competing, winning. Collapsing.

As her body heats up from running, the feeling in her legs deadens.”It’s a very strange feeling, or lack thereof, to know that that your legs are moving but not be able to tell how fast, or tell where, or , I guess, tell anything. You don’t know what’s going on. You just know it’s happening.  Despite all of this, Kayla made the varsity team. And kept getting faster. Then  trained with the boy’s team.  Then became one of the fastest girls in North Carolina.

Because she’s lost the feeling her legs, she cannot co-ordinate her feet at the end of the race and collapses. Every time.

Kayla’s coach explains why Kayla runs: “To beat it (MS). To outrun it (MS).”

“To get movement out of those legs while she still can. That’s why she’s still running.”

Kayla

In her final race of her high school career, The North Carolina State Championships, she fell after the first lap. Picked herself up off the track, chased after and caught up with the pack and somehow went on to win the race (reminiscent of the great John Lanbee).

Kayla says:

“I just hope to run as long as I can.

To make the most out of it as long as I can.

When at some point down the road, I’m not able to run, at least I can look back and know that when I could, I gave it my all.”

So if you ever feel like maybe giving training a miss. Or if you ever feel like not playing, think of Kayla. If she can do it. So can you. Just think of Kayla Montgomery.

 

 

PS Kayla you inspire people all over the world. Here are three  primary school students from Links Primary School, London telling your story in 60 seconds.

Partner link: Young American Runs ‘Til She Drops – Collapses After Every Race

Meet Kayla Montgomery. Remember her name.  She is one of the best young distance runners in America. She’s also got multiple sclerosis. She collapses at the end of every race (and training session) as her leg muscles start to burn from inside.  She somehow gets through 5,000 metres before finishing and collapsing as her legs give up.

Watch this inspirational 12 minute E: 60 video .

When she had to give up her favourite sport, soccer, since it was a contact sport, she didn’t moan or groan, or cry. She took up a non contact sport, running. Kayla says that she wasn’t really guaranteed the next couple of years of running and:

“I wanted to make the most out of running everyday that I could.”

Her coach classified her as an average runner. Despite this and her MS condition. She got better and better as a runner. Racing, competing, winning. Collapsing.

As her body heats up from running, the feeling in her legs deadens.”It’s a very strange feeling, or lack thereof, to know that that your legs are moving but not be able to tell how fast, or tell where, or , I guess, tell anything. You don’t know what’s going on. You just know it’s happening.  Despite all of this, Kayla made the varsity team. And kept getting faster. Then  trained with the boy’s team.  Then became one of the fastest girls in North Carolina.

Because she’s lost the feeling her legs, she cannot co-ordinate her feet at the end of the race and collapses. Every time.

Kayla’s coach explains why Kayla runs: “To beat it (MS). To outrun it (MS).”

“To get movement out of those legs while she still can. That’s why she’s still running.”

Kayla

In her final race of her high school career, The North Carolina State Championships, she fell after the first lap. Picked herself up off the track, chased after and caught up with the pack and somehow went on to win the race (reminiscent of the great John Lanbee).

Kayla says:

“I just hope to run as long as I can.

To make the most out of it as long as I can.

When at some point down the road, I’m not able to run, at least I can look back and know that when I could, I gave it my all.”

So if you ever feel like maybe giving training a miss. Or if you ever feel like not playing, think of Kayla. If she can do it. So can you. Just think of Kayla Montgomery.

 

 

PS Kayla you inspire people all over the world. Here are three  primary school students from Links Primary School, London telling your story in 60 seconds.

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 1 of 2)


Another year of sport packed with great sportsmanship moments. From 280 inspirational stories posted on facebook, we’ve selected the Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments with BBC Radio London. You can hear all 10 best sportsmanship stories on the radio interview (in part 2) or you can read the Top 10 here (this, part 1, covers number 10 to number 6).

 10. Tennis Novak Djokovic

June 2014 Wimbledon, the Serbian, Novak Djokovic, at a critical point during his second-round match at Wimbledon Djokovic  gave his opponent a point when…….
At a crucial moment, with the scores level in the 11th game in the 4th set, the linesman incorrectly calls 35 year old Czech, Radek Stepanek’s shot ‘out’. Stepanek appeals. Camera replay shows the ball was in. Normally, they replay the point but instead, Djokovic insisted on giving Stepanek the point as Djokovic knew it was in. An honourable moment from a truly great champion who eventually went on to win.

Both players embraced at the end and former champion, now commentator, John McEnroe  said “There are times when it is truly a pleasure to be here”.Tennis Racket one ball

9. Ice Hockey

At number 9, we have an ice hockey match in North America. The Maple Leaf club from Canada versus America’s Nashville Predators. The Canadians and Americans have no love lost, particularly when it comes to ice hockey. Anyways, the tradition is to sing the respective national anthems of the clubs before the game. However, when the USA Singer’s microphone broke down & the lead lady singer couldn’t sing, the Canadian crowd stepped in and sang the American National Anthem.

It reminded me of being in Cardiff – the Welsh sing the new Irish National Anthem louder than the Irish.

 

8. A Strange Mixture of Football & Golf & Boxing…..

000Ian Wright Tony HealyNumber 8 occurred when Ian Wright, former Arsenal & England footballer was caught, on camera, repeatedly punching an Irish professional golfer, Tony Healy, in the face, in a hotel in Heathrow.  It was a charity fight, back in March, – they trained intensely for 8 weeks & then had a full on, black tie, boxing evening to raise a lot of money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition  GREATSPORTSMANSHIP.ORG ‘Wrighty’ is quite a character as he has since come and played for my – Tony plays for my Sunday Vets football team, Kenchels. Ian Wright & Tony Healy are close friends but they fought a gruelling 3 rounds for honour and for a very worthy cause. You can see the whole Wright v Healy fight here.

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 Best of friends became enemies for 3 rounds & instantly resumed friendship at the final bell.

7. No Sleep, Puking, Hospitalised On Drip But Still Wins Silver Medal

Scots woman Lynsey Sharp was advised not to race in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games’  gruelling 800m Women’s Final after being ill all night & hospitalised. But she did. And she won silver.

Just hours earlier, in fact at 2.30am she couldn’t bend over to take them off her own socks. Next she was on her hands and knees, puking, with a nurse holding her hair back,  and four police officers backing away as she vomited everywhere. By 5.30am she was in hospitalised and on a drip. A few hours later she ran 800m and won silver. So if you are thinking of not going for a run because it’s raining or you feel tired, think of the inspirational Lynsey Sharp. Great courage & determination.

 

6. Weightlifting – Dancing David Katoatau

At number 6 we have a history making moment,  when Kiribati’s David Katoatau became Kiribati’s first ever medal winner in anything. And it was the big weight lifter’s boogy dance that stole the show & won the hearts of all fans. His honest joy of competing (& winning) was magical – a heavy weight lifter doing a boogy dance with a big smile on his face. It was great to see.  You can see his celebratory boogy dance here (and if you really want to, you can hear this good natured gold medallist singing here too.

WeigthLifting Weights

Part 2 of 2  reveals the remaining Top 5 moments from 2014.  The number 1 spot may surprise many – a British moment on British soil – that perhaps many missed but TV caught and it was an absolutely fantastic moment …….

A full audio file from today’s BBC Radio London Interview containing all these stories will be posted within 24 hours.

Meanwhile please do post a comment below.

 

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014

Another year of sport packed with great sportsmanship moments. From 280 inspirational stories posted on facebook, we’ve selected the Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments with BBC Radio London. You can hear the radio interview once it goes on BBC (over the next 3 days) or you can read the Top 10 here (part 1/2).

 10. Tennis Novak Djokovic

June 2014 Wimbledon, the Serbian, Novak Djokovic, at a critical point during his second-round match at Wimbledon Djokovic  gave his opponent a point when…….
At a crucial moment, with the scores level in the 11th game in the 4th set, the linesman incorrectly calls 35 year old Czech, Radek Stepanek’s shot ‘out’. Stepanek appeals. Camera replay shows the ball was in. Normally, they replay the point but instead, Djokovic insisted on giving Stepanek the point as Djokovic knew it was in. An honourable moment from a truly great champion who eventually went on to win.

Both players embraced at the end and former champion, now commentator, John McEnroe  said “There are times when it is truly a pleasure to be here”.Tennis Racket one ball

9. Ice Hockey

At number 9, we have an ice hockey match in North America. The Maple Leaf club from Canada versus America’s Nashville Predators. The Canadians and Americans have no love lost, particularly when it comes to ice hockey. Anyways, the tradition is to sing the respective national anthems of the clubs before the game. However, when the USA Singer’s microphone broke down & the lead lady singer couldn’t sing, the Canadian crowd stepped in and sang the American National Anthem.

It reminded me of being in Cardiff – the Welsh sing the new Irish National Anthem louder than the Irish.

 

8. A Strange Mixture of Football & Golf & Boxing…..

Number 8 occurred when Ian Wright, former Arsenal & England footballer was caught, on camera, repeatedly punching an Irish professional golfer, Tony Healy, in the face, in a hotel in Heathrow.  It was a charity fight, back in March, – they trained intensely for 8 weeks & then had a full on, black tie, boxing evening to raise a lot of money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition  GREATSPORTSMANSHIP.ORG ‘Wrighty’ is quite a character as he has since come and played for my – Tony plays for my Sunday Vets football team, Kenchels. Ian Wright & Tony Healy are close friends but they fought a gruelling 3 rounds for honour and for a very worthy cause. You can see the whole Wright v Healy fight here.

000Ian Wright Tony Healy

 

7. No Sleep, Puking, Hospitalised On Drip But Still Wins Silver Medal

Scots woman Lynsey Sharp was advised not to race in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games’  gruelling 800m Women’s Final after being ill all night & hospitalised. But she did. And she won silver.

Just hours earlier, in fact at 2.30am she couldn’t bend over to take them off her own socks. Next she was on her hands and knees, puking, with a nurse holding her hair back,  and four police officers backing away as she vomited everywhere. By 5.30am she was in hospitalised and on a drip. A few hours later she ran 800m and won silver. So if you are thinking of not going for a run because it’s raining or you feel tired, think of the inspirational Lynsey Sharp. Great courage & determination.

 

6. Weightlifting – Dancing David Katoatau

At number 6 we have a history making moment,  when Kiribati’s David Katoatau became Kiribati’s first ever medal winner in anything. And it was the big weight lifter’s boogy dance that stole the show & won the hearts of all fans. His honest joy of competing (& winning) was magical – – a heavy weight lifter doing a boogy dance with a big smile on his face. It was great to see.  You can see it here.

Part 2 reveals the Top 5 moments from 2014 and the number 1 spot may surprise many – a British moment on British soil – that perhaps many missed but was absolutely fantastic…….