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Month: November 2016

From Spikes to Slopes and Beyond – Playing Pasts talks to Craig Pickering

The success of the British sprinting world seemed safe in the feet of Craig Pickering in 2007 when he was part of a new generation of young sprinters hotly tipped to come of age on the 2012 Olympic stage. As a junior Craig won the 100m bronze at the 2003 World Youth Championships and first came to public attention in June 2005, when he beat Darren Campbell, success continued and in 2007 he entered the 60m at the European Indoors as the No 1 ranked sprinter on the continent, having clocked 6.55s on more than one occasion. Later in...

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On This Week – 28th November 2016

28th– On this day in 1906, Tommy Burns and Jack O’Brien fought to a draw for the heavyweight boxing title. In 1919 Lady Astor is elected as a Member of Parliament, she would become the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. Countess Markievicz, was the first woman to be elected, but in line with the Sinn Fein abstentionist policy she refused to take her seat. Australian Test Cricketer Keith Miller was born in 1919. In 55 Tests he scored 2958 runs and took 170 wickets. In 1925 The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee, as the WSM Barn...

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Child Caddies In Edwardian Golf

Before the invention of the golf bag in the 1890s it was impractical for players to carry their own clubs, but even after that there was the social implication that the manual labour associated with a round of golf should be done by someone other than the player. From less than 100 in the 1870s the number of golf clubs in Britain rose to almost 3000 by 1914 with an estimated aggregate membership of over 350,000 golfers. Such an expansion considerably increased the demand for caddies to carry the bags of the players; at a minimum some 12,000 were...

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On This Week – 21st November 2016

  21st – Today in 1783, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes make the first free-flight ascent in a balloon to over 500ft in Paris. On this day in 1905, the first ever game was played in the Australasian Championships, now known as the Australian Open. The competition lasted until 27th November and consisted of men’s singles and doubles. The singles event had a field of 17 players and was won by Australian Rodney Heath, who defeated his fellow countryman Albert Curtis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The tournament was played on grass at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in...

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Where Are They Now – Nadia Comăneci

Nadia Comăneci and the phrase ‘Perfect 10’ are synonymous. This year marks 40 years since a 14 year old Romania schoolgirl left an indelible mark on the gymnastic world and in an instance became an artistic icon who transcended not only her sport but possibly even the Games themselves. Early this year Nadia returned to Montreal for a commemorative celebration of the anniversary of the Games. She recalls the events surrounding that first perfect score and on how hearing the crowd roar, she gave a quick glance towards the scoreboard, which registered 1.00. Thinking it possibly reflected a deduction,...

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