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The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Sporting heroes, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc: Sporting heroes

Without wishing to come across as a weirdo stalker, if I could dedicate one room in my house to sporting heroes, I would plaster the walls with posters of John McEnroe, Rafa Nadal, Chrissie Wellington, Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong and Haile Gebrselassie, to name but a few. I have watched them, cried over them, cheered them, and to varying degrees, felt let down by them.

By | Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 at 1:46 pm

Oscar Pistorius and other fallen idols in the world of sport, Olympics

Oscar Pistorius and other fallen idols in the world of sport

Following the tragedy at Oscar Pistorius’s house, which other sports stars have fallen from grace?

By | Olympics, Sport | Friday, 15 February 2013 at 5:01 pm

Video: The next Usain Bolt?, Sport

Video: The next Usain Bolt?

Is this Australian boy who can run 100m in 11.72 seconds the world’s fastest 12-year-old?

By | Sport | Friday, 14 December 2012 at 12:00 pm

Video: Olympics hero Oscar Pistorius races a horse in Qatar, Sport

Video: Olympics hero Oscar Pistorius races a horse in Qatar

Olympic and Paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius took on a new kind of challenge yesterday, racing against a horse in Qatar.

By | Sport | Thursday, 13 December 2012 at 5:03 pm

The lasting legacy of the Paralympics should be to see disabled people as equal, Notebook

The lasting legacy of the Paralympics should be to see disabled people as equal

The inclusion of learning disabled athletes and their presence in the games marks a watershed moment in the changing of attitudes, but there’s still a long way to go.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 at 1:16 pm

Is this the end of inclusive education?, Notebook

Is this the end of inclusive education?

Late last year, I was horrified to read that a conference of sports medicine specialists was calling for PE to become a compulsory subject in schools. Worse, they wanted it to be a tested subject along with English and Maths, at every key stage of education.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 17 August 2012 at 2:00 am

Bad attitudes do not cause disability any more than good attitudes guarantee health, Notebook

Bad attitudes do not cause disability any more than good attitudes guarantee health

An ‘inspirational’ photo has been making its way around Twitter and Facebook. The photograph is of Oscar Pistorius, a disabled athlete, running with a small, disabled girl. The caption, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude”.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at 10:59 am

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