The Big Read (Paralympics)

Duncan Mackay: London 2012 would not have happened without Tessa Jowell



altBy Duncan Mackay - 6 June 2009

So Tessa Jowell has avoided another bullet and retained her position as Olympics Minister after Gordon Brown's latest reshuffle announced yesterday. But even she must realise that the chances of her still being in the post by the time the Olympic flame is lit in 2012 are as about as remote as Lewis Hamilton retaining his Formula 1 world title.

Roald Bradstock: Artists taking the lead - my entry



altBy Roald Bradstock - 1 June 2009

Last Friday was the last day for entries for the 2012 and the Arts Council's 'Artists Taking The Lead' project.


For those of you that do not know this project has a budget of £5.4 million for 12 new works of commissioned art, each worth up to £500,000.

Duncan Mackay: The Olympic football tournament does matter


altBy Duncan Mackay - 29 May 2009

No-one would argue that with five World Cup victories to their name that Brazil is the most successful football team in history. Down the years they redefined the sport with their blend of beautiful football. The English may have invented the game, but it is the Brazilians who have perfected it, is a favourite saying on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.


Roald Bradstock: The Cultural Paralympiad



altBy Roald Bradstock - 26 May 2009

There has been a lot of discussion about the Cultural Olympiad and its importance leading up to and during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics - getting people around the country involved in celebrating the 2012 London Games. But there isn’t any mention about the Cultural Paralympiad? You never hear of that, do you?


Martin Gillingham: On the remarkable progress that South African sport has made in recent years


altBy Martin Gillingham - 20 May 2009


Just half of the Lions squad have played a Test match in South Africa while only two of them know what it feels like to have won one. Of Ian McGeechan’s original 34-man selection, three have already fallen by the wayside – two to injury and the other suspended. And there’s still another weekend of domestic stuff with the finals of the Heineken and Challenge Cups coming up when a couple more key figures could be lost.

Adrian Hill: Kiwis keep black on the sporting map





By Adrian Hill - 14 May 2009

As I travelled around the beautiful country of New Zealand recently, I was struck by how sport unites its cosmopolitan society. The nation’s remoteness, in a way, is its strength – a “them against us” syndrome combined with the innate warrior instinct derived from the large Maori and Polynesian population.


Duncan Mackay: Great times but does it matter?





By Duncan Mackay - 9 May 2009

I have just landed back at Heathrow Airport after six weeks of travelling during which I have flown approximately 32,932 miles, visited four of the world's greatest cities, interviewed Presidents and Prime Ministers, met the greatest sportsman in the world and been told by British Airways that I was about to crash into the sea.


Roald Bradstock: Al Oerter - My inspiration, his legacy





By Roald Bradstock - 7 May 2009

Al Oerter winning 4 consecutive gold medals in the discus is a legendary accomplishment. Each time he competed he was never favourite to win and yet he rose up, overcoming adversity, to win again and again.  He was a true competitor - the modern day discobolus - a modern day legend whose name and achievements have become synonymous with the modern Olympics