Sunday 03 August 2014

A picture of ourselves as a nation

This notion reflects my interest in the event, the moment, the participation that holds the key - with photography reflecting these dearly held moments for reflection ‘after the event’. The role of the spectator can also be reflective of the moment when human presence through endeavour confounds even those without an interest in sport, providing the figure and ground for the photographer.

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Tuesday 11 September 2012

Did the media rise to the Olympic challenge?

So who were the biggest winners in this remarkable summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport? The likes of Mo, Usain, Ellie and Sarah, obviously. This was the year when not only Olympian but Paralympian heroes became recognisable by their first names alone. The Games Makers, unquestionably, along with Seb Coe and his team; the crowds; and all of the millions who have watched both festivals of sport with such keenness.

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Thursday 06 September 2012

Re-defining 'disability'?

The Paralympics have captured the imagination of the country, they have accepted the metaphorical baton from the Olympic Games in spectacular fashion.

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Tuesday 04 September 2012

Media spotlight turns to Paralympics

The success of the London Paralympics so far has rested on a number of factors: the obvious public appetite for tickets; the extensive media coverage; and, of course, the extraordinary achievements of a number of GB paralympians.

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Tuesday 14 August 2012

The impact of London 2012

How do you measure if something is having an impact? How many times do we use the word ‘impact’, without actually fully appreciating what it means to us and to the situation which we are attempting to discuss?

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Sunday 12 August 2012

Media evolution

It was announced the other day that the BBC will show the two Olympic football warm-up games on July 20: one for women’s football, and the Brazil tie in the men’s.

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Friday 10 August 2012

Beyond the sporting legacy

The essence of the legacy of the Olympics is sport; the success of the Games themselves, the motivation and inspiration caused by successful medal winners and the encouragement to participate in sport by the people of the host country.

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Thursday 09 August 2012

Olympic overload?

Tricky times, these, for the rolling news channels: especially for BBC News’ 24-hour channel.

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Wednesday 08 August 2012

Controlling your emotions

The ability to control emotions under pressure is a key skill. Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy won a sixth gold medal with the weight of history on his shoulders, and we all watched heptathlete Jessica Ennis control her emotions under the extreme pressure of being the ‘face of the Games’, on top of the usual pressure of competing at the Olympics.

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Monday 06 August 2012

Gold, Gold or Gold!!!!

We are experiencing some remarkable performances at the London Olympics.

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Thursday 02 August 2012

What makes a winner?

Team GB won its first gold medals of London 2012 yesterday, with an impressive first Olympic title for the women’s pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the rowing and cyclist Bradley Wiggins winning the time trial in some style to add to his Tour de France victory.

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Wednesday 01 August 2012

Landmark achievement for women’s football

Last night Great Britain women’s football team beat Brazil 1-0 in front of 70,584 spectators at Wembley.

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Tuesday 31 July 2012

The Twitter Olympics?

It is one of the accepted wisdoms of Olympic media coverage that the great sporting festival affords an almost unique opportunity for experimentation with the latest technological developments.

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Friday 27 July 2012

Managing expectations

During the world swimming championships in 2009, Rebecca Adlington took third and fourth respectively in the 400m and 800m freestyle events having won both at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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Thursday 26 July 2012

Tourism legacy

Mega sporting events such as The Olympics, The Commonwealth Games and the Football World Cup are important for reasons that extend beyond the events themselves.

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Monday 23 July 2012

Yellow to gold?

Winning the Tour de France is a truly impressive achievement; truly impressive.

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Friday 13 July 2012

From Amateurism to Olympism. How should one uphold a philosophy?

The Olympics were once the preserve of the amateur, who competed for the love of the sport without receiving payment.

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Thursday 12 July 2012

Celebrating 50 Athletes and 50 Years

It’s not long at all now before the Jamaican Track and Field teams arrive in this region for their pre-Olympic training.

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Monday 09 July 2012

Constructing a legacy

Whilst a number of the venues for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 are around the country, most of the events will be held in or around the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

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Thursday 05 July 2012

The cultural Olympiad and its impact on mental health and wellbeing

The Olympics are not just about the sporting events. The Cultural Olympiad which spans the four years before the Olympic Festival includes activities inspired by the event – 16 million people are said to have engaged in thousands of performances, workshops and events across the UK for the London 2012 games.

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Monday 02 July 2012

I will return

"I will return"... Muhammad Ali's famous quote after a shock defeat to Joe Frazier. Friday night saw the hotly tipped favourite for the 100m, Usian Bolt, beaten in the 100, final of the Jamaican trials.

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Wednesday 23 May 2012

Wolverhampton in the Olympic spotlight

Excitement is building around this summer’s Olympics, and it’s great that Wolverhampton is having its turn in the spotlight this weekend. The city is, as ever, pulling out all the stops for the torch relay which makes its way through our streets on Saturday.

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