15 December 2017

A Once Broken Reid!

As they pulled her out of the water, 16 year-old Stef Reid sensed that she was in trouble. There was so much blood. To make matters worse, they were in rural Canada, three hours from the nearest decent hospital. Stef was a typical sport-mad … [Read more...]

Did you get my ice-cream?

WHEN AMERICAN HIGH JUMPER, CHAUNTÉ LOWE, TELEPHONED HER DAUGHTER AFTER THE 2012 WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ISTANBUL AND SAID, “I WON,” SHE GOT A SURPRISING ANSWER. FIVE-YEAR OLD JASMINE REPLIED: “I ALREADY KNOW THAT BUT DID YOU GET MY … [Read more...]

DEDICATION OR OBSESSION?

“Dedication...To commit to an activity and pursue it right to the end until the goal has been achieved. There is no going back. It’s a complete focus, no letting up, or back tracking when the mood takes you. You have to follow the course right to the … [Read more...]

Brothers in Oars

When the Olympic Games get underway next month, two brothers from Coleraine are serious contenders for a medal. Richard and Peter Chambers are rowers and teammates in the Men’s lightweight four. At 27 Richard is the older of the brothers - Pete, who … [Read more...]

Olympics then & now

Michael Lapage, Olympic Rower Michael Lapage is a remarkable man. On the day that we met, he was only available in the afternoon. “Monday mornings I walk on Exmoor with a group of friends”, he explained. He is 88. He has had a full life – RAF … [Read more...]