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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2017 (part 2)

Part 1 covered sportsmanship moments number 10 to moment number 6 which included brave little Bradley Lowery, Joe Hart, French rugby and German football fans opening their homes to opposition fans, a subtle, yet magical moment in the US Masters between a Spaniard and an Englishman and a US Baseball moment. Now we’re going to reveal the Top Sportsmanship Moment of 2017 – starting with the 5th best moment.

5. All Blacks v Lions 3rd Test

A fantastic test series amidst an arduous tour of 10 games in 5 weeks – coach, Warren Gatland christened it ‘the suicide tour’. The Lions had 5 wins, 4 defeats and a draw in their bruising 10 match tour. And they somehow drew the test series. So the victory presentation and photos had both teams mixed in together with both captains, Kieran Read and Sam Warburton,   sharing and holding the trophy aloft. Both were smiling.

Kieran Read (wearing his 100th cap cap) & Sam Warbuton - all smiles

Kieran Read (wearing his 100th cap ‘cap’) & Sam Warburton – all smiles

Some might feel a draw was a good result for the Lions and a not-so-good result for the ABs, but the smiles in the photo here say it all – it was a thrilling 3rd and final test.   kiwi captain, Kieran Read, was terrific -he  seemed to realise the battle was over and beamed a genuine sportsmanship smile throughout the whole proceedings, despite some players finding it all a bit awkward (as most of them, if not all of them, have never shared/drawn a test series before).

 

4. Lewis Hamilton Risks Title & Lets Team-Mate Overtake Him   

Lewis Hamilton slowed down at the last bend of the Hungarian GP to allow his Mercedez team mate, Valterri Bottas, to overtake him & take his 3rd place spot, and enjoy a spot on the podium.  That cost Hamilton three points and would ultimately reduce his total score – so come the end of the season, this could have cost him the world championship.

Earlier in the race, Bottas was ordered to allow Hamilton past him so Hamilton could pursue Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.  Hamilton, promised he would give the place back to Bottas if he couldn’t catch the Ferrari duo. He honoured his promise and pulled aside for his team-mate on the final corner of the final lap – despite reducing his score. Many world championships have been lost by less than 3 points but we’re happy to confirm, Hamilton did go on to win the 2017 World Championship.

 

3. Claudio Ranieri Leicester City’s Sacked Manager’s  Honourable Exit Speech,

After being voted coach of the year in 2016 and winning the Premier League  against 5000-1 odds, Leicester City were struggling in 2017 and the manager, Ranieri, was shockingly sacked.  before he left,  he made an honourable and dignified farewell speech – without any bitterness, no vitriol nor vile, just love. Here’s some excerpts from his final, and most beautiful, goodbye speech:

The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever. Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.  My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the Club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved. But mostly to the supporters.

You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too.

No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.

It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget.

It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a Champions with all of you.”  Full speech

Ranieri will be forever loved by all Leicester City fans and I think all football fans. Here are some   funny  clips from his video interviews – published by Leicester City FC.

 

 

2. Anthony Joshua’s Classy Tribute to Wladimir Klitschko’

Joshua is a great ambassador for sport. He doesn’t do pre-match bad mouthing the opposition. He treats them with respect, in such a serious and dangerous sport. His first social media message after his epic world title fight against the Ukranian, Wladimir Klitschko: Joshua tweeted to his half-million followers: ‘Styles make fights. Respect @klitschko_official’.

Joshua instagram message of respect to his opponent

After the fight, in front of 90,000 fans in Wembley, Joshua posted a message of respect to his opponent

Klitschko also praised Joshua via social media and in his press interviews. Mutual respect between two top pro’s.

 

1. Thailand’s New Snooker Star, Sunny Akani, says ‘Thank You For The Game’ to his victor, Ronnie O’Sullivan

During a World Class Battle – a Star & a Friend-For-Life emerged in early just 3 weeks ago (7 Dec).  A new kid on the block, who took on the world’s best and gave a masterclass in the exquisite skills of snooker combined with the wonderful warmth of great sportsmanship.

Thailand’s 22 year old Sunny Akani, dazzled the 5 times world champ, Ronnie O’Sullivan and when things went wrong for the young Thai – he just smiled, repeatedly. Such was the mutual respect and warmth of friendship between the two, that they did the post-match interview together. Sunny said Ronnie was his hero. And then he thanked Ronnie for the game. So few remember that without an opposition you don’t have a game -hence thanking the opposition is so refreshing to hear.

To see the commentators’ reaction to Sunny & his snooker shots – watch the above video. If you just want to see the wonderful interview between two new lifelong friends – skip forward to 11 mins 20 seconds)

Ronnie said British audiences already love Sunny because (not only is he brilliant) but he ‘played with a smile on his face.’ Audiences love that, said Ronnie. They then both bowed to each other with the prayer-like ‘Wai’   gesture & then briefly spoke Thai to each other whilst wearing great big grins!

Absolutely beautiful – watch this video to the end because a star is born.  Congratulations to Sunny Akino on achieving the number one sportsmanship moment 2017 and to Ronnie for being, well… the wonderfully humble, honest, humorous, friendly and most talented, Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Happy New Year To One and All

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Partner link: Thailand’s New Snooker Star, Sunny Akani, Thanks Ronnie O’Sullivan

A Smiling Star Is Born

Last week saw the emergence of a new kid on the block, who took on the world’s best and gave a masterclass in the exquisite skills of snooker combined with the wonderful warmth of great sportsmanship. When the young Sunny Akani (22) dazzled the now 6 times UK Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan, we saw a new star in the making. Regarded as one of the greatest snooker players of all time, 42 year old,  Ronnie O’Sullivan was given a master-class by the young Thai snooker star. Previously unheard of (to many) Sunny dazzled the audience with a stunning display of world-class snooker shots.  Commentators said it was breath-taking stuff.  And when he had some bad luck or played the rare poor shot, he smiled. 

 

Ronnie ‘the Rocket’ O’Sullivan

At 42 years old, the Rocket has been winning for quarter of a century and is considered by many to be the most naturally talented player in the history of the sport and has been described by many in the sport as a genius (with 5 world titles and now 6 UK Championships, 31 titles in total – second only to Stephen Hendry).  This quarter final proved to be an intense battle – which Ronnie said ‘Sunny should have won.’  A Star & a Friend-For-Life Was Born.

 

 

Watch some of the stunning shots or go straight to 11 minutes 27 seconds to see this amazing interview.

 

A Smiling Star

Thailand’s 22 year old Sunny Akani, dazzled the 5 times world champ, Ronnie O’Sullivan and when things went wrong for the young Thai – he smiled, repeatedly. O’Sullivan applauded Sunny afterwards and told Sunny that British audiences love players who play ‘with a smile on their face’.

 

Dual Press Interview

Such was the mutual respect and warmth of friendship between the two, that they did a dual interview. Sunny said Ronnie was his hero. He then thanked Ronnie for the game. Ronnie wore a beaming smile and looked at Sunny with warmth and great admiration and told the TV audience that  British audiences love Sunny already, because (not only is he brilliant) but he ‘plays with a smile on his face’. Audiences love that, said Ronnie.

 

Snooker Table

 

“Thank You For The Game”

When the young Thai thanked Ronnie for the game, Ronnie immediately thanked him for the game also.  Both competitors wore beaming smiles throughout this interview. They then bowed to each other with the prayer-like ‘Wai’ hand gesture & spoke Thai briefly to each other. Absolutely beautiful – watch this video to the end because, last week, a star was born. remember the name, Sunny Akani.

 

 

 

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 2016

Well here we are again, having sifted through hundreds of amazing sportsmanship stories, we’ve final got out Top 10 moments and ultimately, the Number 1 Moment from 2016. As always, we’ll do it in reverse order.

 

In 10th Place:   Irish and Swedish Football Fans Dance Together – Euro 2016

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Swedish and Irish fans happily sing Abba together before their big Euro 2016 match

Euro 2016 had some good football and some really great fun between the fans. Jointly singing to the famous Swedish band, Abba, Irish & Swedish fans joined together and had a lot of fun dancing in the sunshine together. Followed by a great game of football (1-1), followed by more dancing, singing and all round fun. THIS IS A CELEBRATION OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF FOOTBALL – watch the smiling faces .

In 9th Place: Indian and English Cricket Fans:  Opposition Fans Swap Shirts

English cricket fan swaps shirt with Indian fan

English cricket fan salutes india’s superiority and swaps shirts

Victorious Indian cricket fan swaps shirt with heavily beaten English fan. Just look at all the smiling faces as the Englishman is big enough to acknowledge that India are the top team this time around.  Watch the smiling faces as Indians all around him applaud and smile warmly.

In 8th Place: Fijian Rugby Never Gives Up

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying For 60 Years & Then Win Gold – Fiji Olympic Heroes. For the first time ever in the history of the Olympics, the Fijian National Anthem was played as the Rugby 7s team stood on the podium and celebrated their first Olympic gold medal. The Fijians have, in my opinion, played the most exciting 15 a side rugby for a long, long time. The ‘voice of rugby’,  Bill McLaren, used to describe the Fijians as the most exciting rugby players in the world. Sadly, New Zealand poach many of their best players which dilutes their chances in the 15 a-side-game. Perhaps this historic Olympic win will help them find a sponsor and to ultimately retain their best players. Many congratulations to the brilliant Fijian rugby nation.
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In 7th Place: British Olympian Loses Crown With Dignity (& Friendship)

Photo of Jessica Ennis-Hill throwing the javlin

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Great Britain’s Jessica Ellis-Hill shows great humbleness in losing her Olympic title to Germany’s brilliant  Nafi Thiam in  #Rio2016Olympics. The young German produced 5 personal bests (out of 7 disciplines) to beat the #London2012 heptathlon champion. Look at the photos and you’ll see Ellis Hill smiling warmly and embracing the young German. What a great champion Jessica Ellis -Hill was – she knew how to win and how to lose – with dignity and warmth.

 

In 6th Place: Athletics: Never Give Up – Even When The Chips Are Down

Former refugee, Britain’s Mo Farah fell over mid race in the 10,000m final in #Rio2016, got up, dusted himself off and went on to win the race and a gold medal.  Mo Farah’s parents were refugees from Mogadishu, Somalia and young Mo found life very difficult in Britain, getting into trouble. Tomorrow, he is being awarded a knighthood by the Queen in Buckingham Palace when the Queen will say ‘Arise Sir Mo’. He already did, bristling with bravery and buckets of courage, he never gave up, even when things went horribly wrong and went on to win gold.

 

In 5th Place: Wise Words From A Baseball Manager:

The Chicago Cubs waited 108 years to win the World Series (baseball). 5 million people showed up to see the victory reception! Even the dinosaurs wore the Cubs shirts.

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Their wise coach, Joe Maddon gave some very wise advice to his players as the pressure built. This advice should be shared with all sports people: “Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.”

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Wise words from Chicago Cubs Manager

In 4th Place: Magnificent Maori Gesture At Start of Munster Game

A magnificent gesture from the Maori All Blacks before playing Munster when they laid an All Blacks shirt on the ground, in the rain. It had the initials AF on the shirt as a tribute to Munster and Irish Rugby legend, Anthony Foley’s, unexpected death. Listen to the Munster crowd applaud this wonderful gesture. All Blacks teams have a special place in the hearts of Munster fans – as you can see some other amazing moments between these teams.

 

In 3rd Place: Olympian Medal Winner Donates His Medal To Help Sick Boy

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The Olympic flame burns brightly

The Olympic flame burns brighter than ever when you hear of this Olympian Polish discus thrower’s generosity of spirit. Piotr Mallachowski donates his silver medal to Olek Szymanski, a young boy who has retinoblastoma – a horrible eye cancer. The money raised from selling his Olympic silver medal enabled the yong Polish child to go to New York for treatment. More  .

 

In 2nd Place: Tennis: Changing The Referee’s Decision To Help The Opposition 

Although USA’s Jack Sock had won the critical point, he told his Australian opposition,  Lleyton Hewitt,  that his last serve (although judged to be OUT) was in fact IN. Sock said: “that was IN if you want to challenge it.” Hewitt couldn’t believe it (watch his startled face) & said OK “I challenge it” (which means they get to see a replay of the serve – which showed the ball was served onto the line – which is IN!  This was at a crucial stage in the match. The crowd gave Sock a standing ovation. Hewitt  then won the critical point.

 

In 1st Place: The Great Sportsmanship Programme’s 2016 Moment Of The year…. goes to…….

Football: Giving The Opposition The Cup

http://www.espnfc.co.uk/copa-sudamericana/story/3007505/atletico-nacional-ask-conmebol-to-declare-chapecoense-the-copa-sudamericana-2016-champion

Brazil’s Chapecoense  football club were loved by everyone as they came from the small city,  of Chapeco, had been promoted form the   4th division to the top flight  and were on their way to the biggest match in their history to play Atletico Nacional the final of the Copa Sudamericana in Colmbia when their plane crashed killing 71 of the 77 passengers (3 of the 6 survivors were players). Full story

The opposition club insisted the Copa Sudameicanna be given to Chapecoense  football club. Around the world we share some of the pain of the families and friends of Chapecoense Football Club. Clubs, international teams from different sports bowed thier heads in a minute’s silence to show solidarity and respect for the Chapecoense  football club.

We also salute Columbia’s Atletico Nacional for its kind sportsmanship gesture – insisting the cup be awarded to Chapecoense – proving that some things are far more important than winning. This is our number one moment of sportsmanship  from across the world of sport in 2016.

#Copa Sudameicanna #Chapecoense  #AtleticoNacional

Please do post a comment. And/or send us your sportsmanship story.  Let’s inspire each other in 2017.

 

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.”

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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: 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.

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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.

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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…….

 

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.

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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: World Cup 2014 Best Sportsmanship Moments (Part 1/2)

What a World Cup it’s been. Shocks, sensations, revelations, great football mixed with the odd  fear packed paranoid game, some crazy behaviour, wonderful goals, great celebrations, great fun, great fans,  – some of whom were literally out of this world and lots of great sportsmanship. Sit back relax and enjoy some of the great moments of World Cup sportsmanship.

Maracana_ChileSpain_061814PeterDennis

The World Cup, for me, kicked off with a game of football in space. Astronauts were seen ‘taking the game to a new level’ whilst having a kick about in the station with one of the best saves you’ll ever see (keeper dives 18 feet). And the astronauts set the scene by wishing all teams ‘good luck’ in the World Cup.

That Magical Hand Shake

A long time ago , when you were a lot younger, way back on Sat 14 June 2014, English manager, Roy Hodgson, walked out onto the pitch in the Arena Amazonia, in the biggest game of his life, went over to the Italian dugout, stuck his hand out and shook hands with every single Italian substitute. It was lovely moment in an epic battle in which England’s youth shone despite losing narrowly 2-1 to the 4 times world cup winners, Italy.  0 Hands Shaking

 

Friendship Amidst High Stakes – USA and Ghana.

Two days later (16 June), USA Manager, Jurgen Klinnsman (former German genius footballer), embraced warmly the opposition Ghana player Michael Essien (who was on the bench) during the USA v Ghana World Cup Match. Despite the high stakes, Friendship prevailed.

 

Ghana Dance Rattles Germans Amidst Battle Of The Brothers

Do you remember the game (21 June) billed as the Battle of the Brothers, Ghana’s Kevin Prince and his brother, Germany’s Jerome Prince? Ironically the game only sparked into life in the second half after both brothers were substituted. Within 20 minutes there was a 4 goal bonanza. Ghana went 1-0 down (51 mins), then got an equaliser and then scored again to take the lead playing fabulous football. The sheer exuberance and joy of football was unveiled when Ghana took the lead.  Ghana’s goal celebration was a team dance by the corner flag.

Finally Germany scrambled a ‘Klose toe-poke goal’ on 71 mins & hung on for the draw (Miroslav Klose is now the world’s leading goal scorer of all time with 16 World Cup goals).

How great to see players celebrate with a smile and a boogy, as opposed to tension filled, semi rage celebrations. Footballers forget they are playing and playing is fun! They are supposed to enjoy themselves – one of the 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship. We, The Great Sportsmanship Programme, collect goal celebrations – you can watch some of best World Cup goal celebrations from years gone by here (including Roger Miller’s famous samba)  that’s Cameroon’s Roger Miller  – whose age no one ever knew – including himself (but we think he was 40 or 42 when he did his last samba dance in a World Cup Finals.

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22 Year Old Columbian Revelation Triggers Best Team Celebration

Fast forward to the knock-out stages and more unbridled joy – goal celebrations. We have scientific proof from Notre Dame University one of the world’s great sports universities) that sportsmanship, and in particular remembering to enjoy your sport actually boosts performance. So when the young Colombian revelation, James Rodriguez scored an absolutely sensational goal against Uruguay, his team mates shared the joy – unbridled joy with a little team dance.  Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 on 28th June to move into the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst having some fun.

Animated Mexican Manager Miguel Shares Passion & Love

And then came the Mexicans. They brought even more joy & fun to the World Cup. Miguel Herrera won a lot of hearts, with his animated passion inspiring his team to great football. Camera’s caught him gingerly celebrating (not!) Mexican goals. In fact his players regularly ran to him and hugged him, some even lept onto him knocking him to the floor. 1-0 up against Holland and with just two minutes to go Mexico were about to deliver a major World Cup shock until an 88th minute goal followed by a 90th minute penalty destroyed the Mexican dream on 29 June. However, Herrera might be manager of the tournament….as he nurtured a team of relative nobodies into a serious World Cup threat who also openly enjoyed their football. He’ll be remembered fondly as he ‘illuminated the World Cup with his touchline passion’. See 16 reasons (photos and videos) Miguel Herrera had already won the World Cup (of our hearts).

World Cup FIFA

German American & Belgian Reveal Real Friendship

Managers Are Leaders By Definition. They are also role models.  So when they display friendship with the opposition it helps the game.  During the last 16 knock-out match between USA v Belgium 1st July opposition managers embraced before during & after.  What a great game.120+ minutes of intense WorldCup battle for a place in the 1/4 Finals. And all the time US Manager Jürgen Klinsmann & Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots behaved like old friends – embracing each other at the end of the epic battle, at half time and at the start of the game.

Brazilian Respect For Columbian Revelation

4 July Quarter Finals between Columbia and Brazil. A moment Of Respect when the Columbian World Cup Revelation James Rodriguez was in tears after losing 2-1. Brazil’s David Luiz saw this, went to him, consoled him, swapped shirts, and then with an arm around the young Rodriguez, turned to the fans & encouraged them to clap Rodriguez off the pitch. Luiz also stood and applauded Rodriguez as he walked down the tunnel & out of this World Cup. See this sportsmanship in action.

Fair Play & Respect During Intense Argentina v Holland Semi-Final 

During the intensity of a World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and Holland, last Wednesday (9 July)  there was a lovely moment of respect. In the dying moments (85 mins) and with the score delicately balanced at 0-0 and where, just one mistake, or one moment of genius will determine who goes into the World Cup Final, the Dutch Destroyer, Arjen Robben, the flying winger/roaming striker, was tackled by the big Argentinian Defender, Martín Demichelis right on his own line. Both players stood up, shook hands & played on.

Win Or Lose Brazilian Fans Celebrate Football  

Part 2 shows how Brazilian fans, football and the brotherhood of football is the real long term winner.

World Cup Wembley Fair Play

Also see how these games will be remembered in hundreds of years time – see how a truly great German footballer feels that although he lost a World Cup final in controversial circumstances, he thinks almost 50 years later, that the opposition, England, deserved to win because they were the better team.

Paul CONCACAF

 

You can listen to  all these stories, and more, on  my BBC Radio London Best World Cup 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

 

You can also see the best World Cup celebrations from previous years and How Football Helped Apartheid Victims To Survive In Prison: ‘We Knew we Were Part Of The Football Universe‘.

Sign up for updates (on the right hand side of this page) or join us on Great Sportsmanship facebook page.

Part 2 of the Best World Cup 2014  Sportsmanship Moments For more stories about the brilliant Brazilian fans (and others) read Part 2/2.

 

Partner link: World Cup 2014 Best Sportsmanship Moments (Part 1/2)

What a World Cup it’s been. Shocks, sensations, revelations, great football mixed with the odd  fear packed paranoid game, some crazy behaviour, wonderful goals, great celebrations, great fun, great fans,  – some of whom were literally out of this world and lots of great sportsmanship. Sit back relax and enjoy some of the great moments of World Cup sportsmanship.

Maracana_ChileSpain_061814PeterDennis

The World Cup, for me, kicked off with a game of football in space. Astronauts were seen ‘taking the game to a new level’ whilst having a kick about in the station with one of the best saves you’ll ever see (keeper dives 18 feet). And the astronauts set the scene by wishing all teams ‘good luck’ in the World Cup.

That Magical Hand Shake

A long time ago , when you were a lot younger, way back on Sat 14 June 2014, English manager, Roy Hodgson, walked out onto the pitch in the Arena Amazonia, in the biggest game of his life, went over to the Italian dugout, stuck his hand out and shook hands with every single Italian substitute. It was lovely moment in an epic battle in which England’s youth shone despite losing narrowly 2-1 to the 4 times world cup winners, Italy.  0 Hands Shaking

 

Friendship Amidst High Stakes – USA and Ghana.

Two days later (16 June), USA Manager, Jurgen Klinnsman (former German genius footballer), embraced warmly the opposition Ghana player Michael Essien (who was on the bench) during the USA v Ghana World Cup Match. Despite the high stakes, Friendship prevailed.

 

Ghana Dance Rattles Germans Amidst Battle Of The Brothers

Do you remember the game (21 June) billed as the Battle of the Brothers, Ghana’s Kevin Prince and his brother, Germany’s Jerome Prince? Ironically the game only sparked into life in the second half after both brothers were substituted. Within 20 minutes there was a 4 goal bonanza. Ghana went 1-0 down (51 mins), then got an equaliser and then scored again to take the lead playing fabulous football. The sheer exuberance and joy of football was unveiled when Ghana took the lead.  Ghana’s goal celebration was a team dance by the corner flag.

Finally Germany scrambled a ‘Klose toe-poke goal’ on 71 mins & hung on for the draw (Miroslav Klose is now the world’s leading goal scorer of all time with 16 World Cup goals).

How great to see players celebrate with a smile and a boogy, as opposed to tension filled, semi rage celebrations. Footballers forget they are playing and playing is fun! They are supposed to enjoy themselves – one of the 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship. We, The Great Sportsmanship Programme, collect goal celebrations – you can watch some of best World Cup goal celebrations from years gone by here (including Roger Miller’s famous samba)  that’s Cameroon’s Roger Miller  – whose age no one ever knew – including himself (but we think he was 40 or 42 when he did his last samba dance in a World Cup Finals.

Football 3

22 Year Old Columbian Revelation Triggers Best Team Celebration

Fast forward to the knock-out stages and more unbridled joy – goal celebrations. We have scientific proof from Notre Dame University one of the world’s great sports universities) that sportsmanship, and in particular remembering to enjoy your sport actually boosts performance. So when the young Colombian revelation, James Rodriguez scored an absolutely sensational goal against Uruguay, his team mates shared the joy – unbridled joy with a little team dance.  Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 on 28th June to move into the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst having some fun.

Animated Mexican Manager Miguel Shares Passion & Love

And then came the Mexicans. They brought even more joy & fun to the World Cup. Miguel Herrera won a lot of hearts, with his animated passion inspiring his team to great football. Camera’s caught him gingerly celebrating (not!) Mexican goals. In fact his players regularly ran to him and hugged him, some even lept onto him knocking him to the floor. 1-0 up against Holland and with just two minutes to go Mexico were about to deliver a major World Cup shock until an 88th minute goal followed by a 90th minute penalty destroyed the Mexican dream on 29 June. However, Herrera might be manager of the tournament….as he nurtured a team of relative nobodies into a serious World Cup threat who also openly enjoyed their football. He’ll be remembered fondly as he ‘illuminated the World Cup with his touchline passion’. See 16 reasons (photos and videos) Miguel Herrera had already won the World Cup (of our hearts).

World Cup FIFA

German American & Belgian Reveal Real Friendship

Managers Are Leaders By Definition. They are also role models.  So when they display friendship with the opposition it helps the game.  During the last 16 knock-out match between USA v Belgium 1st July opposition managers embraced before during & after.  What a great game.120+ minutes of intense WorldCup battle for a place in the 1/4 Finals. And all the time US Manager Jürgen Klinsmann & Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots behaved like old friends – embracing each other at the end of the epic battle, at half time and at the start of the game.

Brazilian Respect For Columbian Revelation

4 July Quarter Finals between Columbia and Brazil. A moment Of Respect when the Columbian World Cup Revelation James Rodriguez was in tears after losing 2-1. Brazil’s David Luiz saw this, went to him, consoled him, swapped shirts, and then with an arm around the young Rodriguez, turned to the fans & encouraged them to clap Rodriguez off the pitch. Luiz also stood and applauded Rodriguez as he walked down the tunnel & out of this World Cup. See this sportsmanship in action.

Fair Play & Respect During Intense Argentina v Holland Semi-Final 

During the intensity of a World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and Holland, last Wednesday (9 July)  there was a lovely moment of respect. In the dying moments (85 mins) and with the score delicately balanced at 0-0 and where, just one mistake, or one moment of genius will determine who goes into the World Cup Final, the Dutch Destroyer, Arjen Robben, the flying winger/roaming striker, was tackled by the big Argentinian Defender, Martín Demichelis right on his own line. Both players stood up, shook hands & played on.

Win Or Lose Brazilian Fans Celebrate Football  

Part 2 shows how Brazilian fans, football and the brotherhood of football is the real long term winner.

World Cup Wembley Fair Play

Also see how these games will be remembered in hundreds of years time – see how a truly great German footballer feels that although he lost a World Cup final in controversial circumstances, he thinks almost 50 years later, that the opposition, England, deserved to win because they were the better team.

Paul CONCACAF

 

You can listen to  all these stories, and more, on  my BBC Radio London Best World Cup 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

 

You can also see the best World Cup celebrations from previous years and How Football Helped Apartheid Victims To Survive In Prison: ‘We Knew we Were Part Of The Football Universe‘.

Sign up for updates (on the right hand side of this page) or join us on Great Sportsmanship facebook page.

Part 2 of the Best World Cup 2014  Sportsmanship Moments For more stories about the brilliant Brazilian fans (and others) read Part 2/2.