Sport Archive

  • Max#54: Clara Mosha – from high blood pressure risk to champion body builder

    Max#54: Clara Mosha – from high blood pressure risk to champion body builder

    After a bit of a break, we are pleased to be back with episode 54 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. In today’s interview, I’m very proud to introduce a truly inspirational individual who embarked on a journey of self-discovery and, in her own words, a journey that enabled her to feel as if she had […]

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  • Max#53: Katie Page ‘I was paralysed, but now I train Olympic athletes’

    Max#53: Katie Page ‘I was paralysed, but now I train Olympic athletes’

    Welcome back to episode 53 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. Throughout the last couple of years, we’ve managed to share some incredible accounts of individuals battling adversity, however, in many ways our interview today takes this subject to an entirely new level. At the age of 19, Katie Page had her entire life, as she […]

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  • My first Endure24 – Bananas, Blisters and 90 miles of running

    My first Endure24 – Bananas, Blisters and 90 miles of running

    Those of you who read my previous post will know that I recently entered Endure24, a 24hour trail running event on a 5 mile looped course, with the objective of covering as many loops / miles as you can within 24 hours. In summary, I absolutely loved every aspect of the event, from the event […]

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  • What I Learnt From Sir Alex Ferguson: Sales, Success, Life! by Gavin Ingham

    What I Learnt From Sir Alex Ferguson: Sales, Success, Life! by Gavin Ingham

    When Alex Ferguson retired last month it was the headline news on every TV station and in every news outlet. Everyone has got their two pence in about what a fabulous leader he is, what a wonderful manager he is and how inspirational he is. With the levels of success that he has achieved over the […]

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  • Stepping into the unknown again – this time at the Endure 24hr Trail Race

    Stepping into the unknown again – this time at the Endure 24hr Trail Race

    Less than a year ago I was stepping onto the starting line for the North Downs Way 50 (NDW50) mile trail race – what I referred to (at that time) as the ‘impossible.’ I can still remember how in the weeks leading up to that event my mind was totally consumed with the event. I […]

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  • Time To Go Ultra – Running The North Downs Way 50: Race Day Recollections by Graham Carter

    Time To Go Ultra – Running The North Downs Way 50: Race Day Recollections by Graham Carter

    I had the pleasure of ‘crewing’ for long-term listener of the Maximise Potential Podcast, Graham Carter, in his first ever Ultra Marathon last week. Many of you will remember that I took my first plunge into the unknown last year, in this very same race – now it was Graham’s turn! From a personal perspective, […]

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  • My first London Marathon by Anthony Hubbard

    My first London Marathon by Anthony Hubbard

    Anthony Hubbard has been an incredible supporter of The Maximise Potential Podcast since its launch, and having the pleasure of being connected with Anth through Twitter (@anth_hub) over the last couple of years, we’ve followed each other’s progress with interest. In particular I’ve seen Anth focus with an increasing intensity on his running, firstly through […]

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  • Book Review – The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

    Book Review – The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

    Please see below a book that we would highly recommend to help you Maximise your potential… The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle ‘Talent. You’ve either got it or you haven’t.’ Not true, actually. In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power […]

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  • Max#44: Kevin Betts – 52 marathon man

    Max#44: Kevin Betts – 52 marathon man

    Most people in the UK will remember 2012 for the impact that the London Olympics made upon the nation. However, in the eyes of many it was the nationwide journey of the Olympic Torch prior to the start of the Games that stimulated the incredible interest in the Olympics themselves. Each torchbearer had their own […]

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  • My first ultra-marathon… it’s race day!

    My first ultra-marathon… it’s race day!

    The alarm has just gone off. It’s 5am on Saturday August 11th. It’s Ultra Day and I’m off to complete the North Downs Way 50-mile trail race, organised by Centurion Running and held across Surrey and Kent. Unlike every other runner I spoke to later that day, I think I was the only person who […]

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  • David Weir achieves his dream of 1 GOLD at the London Paralympics… everything else is now a bonus!

    David Weir achieves his dream of 1 GOLD at the London Paralympics… everything else is now a bonus!

    Almost two years ago David Weir, GB’s elite wheelchair racer, stated his goals for London 2012 of achieving “just one gold medal at my home games.” When we were fortunate to conduct an in-depth interview with David, where we discussed the highs and lows of his incredible career, he opening stated that this was the […]

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  • Anyone can be an ultrarunner… including me!

    Anyone can be an ultrarunner… including me!

    “Anyone can be an ultrarunner,” says Scott Jurek, the world’s best ever ultrarunner. That’s easy for Scott to say. This is man that runs 50 miles for fun – when he’s racing its normally 100+ miles. To nearly everyone else, these numbers seem crazy. I mean, just running a 26.2mile marathon is mad enough, but […]

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  • Bekoji… another Talent Hotbed that most people have never heard of!

    Bekoji… another Talent Hotbed that most people have never heard of!

    A young runner asks his coach, “What do I need to do to become one of the best long distance runners in the world?” and the coach gives a simple answer of “move to Bekoji.” The youngster looks insulted, thinking that the coach must have said “Baloney” to them, insinuating that they’ll never be good […]

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  • Who could ever beat Tiger Woods? Actually about 15 people in the last 15 Majors!

    Who could ever beat Tiger Woods? Actually about 15 people in the last 15 Majors!

    By winning the US Open Gold championship, Webb Simpson (who I hear you ask?) became the 15th different winner of the last 15 major golf championships. In that winning list there are names such as Lucas Glover, Yang Yong-eun, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Yet again, I can hear you all again saying […]

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  • London Marathon 2012: David Weir and Shelly Woods secure wheelchair double to spur Paralympic hopes

    London Marathon 2012: David Weir and Shelly Woods secure wheelchair double to spur Paralympic hopes

    There were great omens in Paralympic year as, for the first time in five years, British athletes claimed a double victory in both the men’s and women’s wheelchair races. On Sunday, it was David Weir and Shelly Woods, Britain’s leading two wheelchair racers on road and track, having first won the double in 2007. Remarkably, […]

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  • Congratulations to David Weir who wins his sixth London Marathon Wheelchair title

    Congratulations to David Weir who wins his sixth London Marathon Wheelchair title

    Great Britain’s David Weir (featured on episode 19 of the Maximise Potential Podcast) won the wheelchair race at the London Marathon for a record-equalling sixth time. The 32-year-old won a sprint finish to take the title in 1:32:26 and equal Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record. “This is my favourite win ever because the field was so […]

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  • British Record Holder David Weir aiming to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s London Marathon Record

    British Record Holder David Weir aiming to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s London Marathon Record

    The British record holder will be up against three former London champions, including the 54-year-old Frei, a London winner three times in the late 1990s, David Weir will defend his Virgin London Marathon title on Sunday 22 April against the strongest field ever assembled as he seeks to match the six London Marathons won by […]

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  • David Weir wins the Silverstone Half Marathon in build up to London 2012

    David Weir wins the Silverstone Half Marathon in build up to London 2012

    David Weir, who gave an inspiring interview on episode 19 of The Maximise Potential Podcast, is now in the run-up to the most important event of his life – the 2012 London Olympics. The games will arguably be David’s last in the sport, and the man who has re-written all the record books is keen […]

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  • Tom Daley – prepared to sacrifice in the short term in order to gain in the long term

    Tom Daley – prepared to sacrifice in the short term in order to gain in the long term

    Tom Daley is one of Team GB’s greatest medal prospects for London 2012. I just read a very interesting article on him, probably paying more attention to it than I would have done before meeting Chris Brisley (@TakeaChallenge), who was one of the diving coaches in Plymouth, with Andy Banks, when Tom was a young […]

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  • John Bishop – Paris London Triathlon for Sport Relief 2012

    John Bishop – Paris London Triathlon for Sport Relief 2012

    Comedian John Bishop is to undertake a gruelling triathlon for charity. Starting on February 27, he will attempt to cycle, row and run 290 miles from Paris to London in five days. He will start his BT Sport Relief Challenge by the Eiffel Tower in the French capital, and cycle 185 miles to the coast […]

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  • 2012 is Set to be a Record Breaking Year

    2012 is Set to be a Record Breaking Year

    2012 is set to be a record-breaking year in the UK with the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Team GB Games. Here is a excellent article from Baroness Grey-Thompson, Great Britain’s 11-time Paralympic champion, on the Games… Although it is only one day and a training session or two closer to the Games, something […]

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  • Bonita Norris – The Ice Queen

    Bonita Norris – The Ice Queen

    Bonita Norris, youngest british woman to climb Mount Everest has featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast, not once but twice! Here is an article we found recently regarding how she and other female explorers are setting a good example to young girls today: The arrival of Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 16, at the South Pole last week […]

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  • Transcript: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Transcript: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Okay welcome back to episode 36 of the Maximise Potential Podcast and the second instalment of our interview […]

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  • Transcript: Becoming a Triple Ironman – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Transcript: Becoming a Triple Ironman – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to Episode 35 of the Maximise Potential podcast. Being able to complete an ironman event is […]

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  • Max#36: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume

    Max#36: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume

    As well as being a triple ironman finisher, Richard Hume is also one a very select group of people to have completed the Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race. This gruelling 3,000 mile event, which can take over 80 days to complete, challenges competitors in ways not comparible to most other endurance events. Dealing with the isolation, […]

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  • Max#35: Becoming a triple ironman – Richard Hume

    Max#35: Becoming a triple ironman – Richard Hume

    Being able to complete an ironman event is said to be one of the most extreme tests of mental and physical endurance on the planet. Competing continuously for over 12 hours; swimming 2 ½ miles, then cycling for 112 miles before completing a 26 mile marathon, will push anyone to their absolute limits. However, now […]

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  • Bonita Norris Summits Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris Summits Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris, as featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast has added a third Himalayan peak to her tally. Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to have climbed Mount Everest, has now also successfully climbed Ama Dablam (6,856m) in the Nepalese Himalaya. Reaching the peak of Ama Dablam is a fantastic achievement for Bonita. She promised […]

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  • David Weir focusses soley on winning Gold at London 2012

    David Weir focusses soley on winning Gold at London 2012

    Double Paralympic gold medalist David Weir missed the New York Marathon earlier this month all in the name of London 2012 glory, writes Ben Baker. The 32-year-old wheelchair racer from Wallington had a 12 months to remember last season, with triple gold at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand over 800m, 1500m and 5000m […]

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  • Dai Greene – is this the expression of someone maximising their potential?

    Dai Greene – is this the expression of someone maximising their potential?

    I just watched the replay of Dia Greene storming the victory in the IAAF Athletic World Championships, capturing Great Britain’s first Gold Medal of the Championships on his way to becoming the Men’s 400 metre hurdle champion. Dia was probably the least known of all of GB’s medal hopefuls; yet, he turned in a performance, […]

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  • David Walliams takes on Sport Relief Thames challenge

    David Walliams takes on Sport Relief Thames challenge

    Now here is another great example of someone Maximising their Potential, and really testing themselves to see how far they can go . . . Comedian David Walliams is set to swim about 140 miles of the River Thames in just eight days for Sport Relief. Starting on 5 September, the Little Britain star will […]

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  • Transcript: Andy North – Endurance Athlete (Max#31)

    Transcript: Andy North – Endurance Athlete (Max#31)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome to episode 31 of the Maximise Potential podcast. In our last episode with Bremont Watches Andy English […]

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  • The mindset of an endurance athlete – explained

    The mindset of an endurance athlete – explained

    As most of you are aware, at Maximise Potential we are seeking to understand the mindset and approach of what drives people to success within their chosen discipline. I recently interviewed Endurance Athelete, Andy North (Max#31), who is about to embark on the ‘sunshine challenge’ where he will run a total of 25 marathons and […]

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  • Children vote Derek Redmond as Ultimate Olympian

    Children vote Derek Redmond as Ultimate Olympian

    I’ve just come across this motivating article on British Olympian, Derek Redmond, which ties in very nicely with the inspiring video about him already featured on the Maximise Potential website. School children nationwide have voted Derek Redmond as the Ultimate Olympian. Primary and secondary schools across the nation, including West Sussex and Derby, experienced a […]

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  • Greg Searle: 5 Lessons to take from sport into leadership

    Greg Searle: 5 Lessons to take from sport into leadership

    Hi everyone! As you know, we had the pleasure of interviewing former Olympic & World Champion Rower Greg Searle, on the podcast last year. I just saw an article from him in the Wall Street Journal Blog and felt is was well worth posting on the site: British rowing athlete Greg Searle first won gold […]

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  • John Wooden – arguably the finest coach there has ever been

    John Wooden – arguably the finest coach there has ever been

    Whichever direction I turn right now, I keep bumping into one name in particular – John Wooden. I have found him referenced in books such as Mindset (Carol Dweck), The Talent Code (Daniel Coyle) and Bounce (Matthew Syed). Quite simply, as well as being known as probably the best basketball coach (if not sports coach) […]

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  • Matthew Syed WINS at the Best British Sports Books 2011

    Matthew Syed WINS at the Best British Sports Books 2011

    We are very pleased to announce that Matthew Syed, author of BOUNCE, who was our guest on episode 26 of the Maximise Potential Podcast, has just WON the Best New Writer category within the British Sports Book Awards 2011. CONGRATULATIONS MATTHEW! The British Sports Book Awards are a highlight of the sports publishing year honouring […]

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  • Matthew Syed’s Book BOUNCE is really creating a stir!

    Matthew Syed’s Book BOUNCE is really creating a stir!

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Matthew Syed, author of the insightful book, BOUNCE, a short time ago for the Maximise Potential Podcast. I have to say that I had no idea at the time that his book would go on to create such a stir. I’ve heard and seen Matthew appearing more and more […]

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  • David Goggins – the world’s ultimate endurance athlete?

    David Goggins – the world’s ultimate endurance athlete?

    David Goggins is one of the best endurance athletes on the globe. He is a man committed to pushing himself and challenging his boundaries at every opportunity. Yet, whilst he achieves countless personal goals, he is also raising essential funds for the education of children. Learn more about David Goggins, Navy SEAL and ultra-marathon runner, […]

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  • Max#28: Dean Macey – International Decathlete

    Max#28: Dean Macey – International Decathlete

    Traditionally, the title of the “World’s Greatest Athlete” has been given to the man who wins the decathlon. Dean Macey, or the Dean Machine, as he was so frequently referred to, is one of the unique individuals to have achieved this accolade, doing so at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Dean would undoubtedly have finished his […]

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  • Matthew Syed – nominated for Best New Writer, British Sports Book Awards 2011

    Matthew Syed – nominated for Best New Writer, British Sports Book Awards 2011

    Matthew Syed, author of BOUNCE was a guest on episode 26 of the Maximise Potential Podcast, has been shortlisted for another writing award. This time it is for the Best New Writer category within the British Sports Book Awards 2011. The British Sports Book Awards are a highlight of the sports publishing year honouring the […]

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  • David Weir becomes most successful wheelchair racer in the London Marathon history

    David Weir becomes most successful wheelchair racer in the London Marathon history

    I felt incredibly proud and honoured to witness David Weir become the most successful wheelchair racer in the London Marathon’s history, when he won an unprecedented fifth title in the Virgin London Wheelchair Marathon. It was an extremely tactical race with David showing complete control right to the finish, beating world record-holder, and long-term rival […]

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  • GOLF: 2011 Masters champion says “Seeing my friend win a major took away the barrier”

    GOLF: 2011 Masters champion says “Seeing my friend win a major took away the barrier”

    2011 Masters champion, Charl Schwartzel, claimed a dramatic victory at Augusta after keeping his nerve to birdie his last four holes on the way to a final-round 66 to win his first major championship. That was an amazing achievement in itself, however, the part that really interested me is explained below . . . . […]

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  • BOUNCE (How Champions are Made) by Matthew Syed

    BOUNCE (How Champions are Made) by Matthew Syed

    The first person I’d like to thank for the pleasure I’ve had reading BOUNCE by Matthew Syed is suprisingly NOT the Author – it’s actually my wife, who very kindly researched Matthew’s book and felt it would make an excellent Christmas Present. She was right. BOUNCE is a facinating read, a real eye opener, which […]

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  • Max#22: Sam Brown – World Taekwon-Do Champion

    Max#22: Sam Brown – World Taekwon-Do Champion

    Sam Brown is the current World Taekwon-Do Champion, achieving this incredible feat in the first ever World Championships to be held in the founding country of the martial art, Korea. In today’s interview with Maximise Potential, Sam shares the interesting journey he has taken over the last eight years in order for him to achieve […]

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  • INSPIRING PEOPLE: The Donald Driver Story

    INSPIRING PEOPLE: The Donald Driver Story

    Inspirational at the very least. Recommended to me is the inspiring story of Donald Driver, wide receiver of the Green Bay Packers, and his road to the NFL. This story proves how anyone can achieve what they want if they put their mind to it. By far the most inspirational player and person out there! […]

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  • INSPIRING PEOPLE: Terry Fox – a Canadian Hero

    INSPIRING PEOPLE: Terry Fox – a Canadian Hero

    Terry Fox was and still is an inspiration to all who know his story and this is one that has stuck with me. It will always be remembered what he has done for not only cancer research, but in showing love to others he did not even know. Terry is a great example of someone […]

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  • INSPIRING PEOPLE: Why do I run?

    INSPIRING PEOPLE: Why do I run?

    Recommended to us recently, this video is sure to motivate you whether you’re a keen runner or not. Following the life of a dedicated runner, he shares how he pushes himself to the limit to get positive results, helping to motivate not only himself but others surrounding him too creating a strong team spirit. Watching […]

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  • Max#19: David Weir – Great Britain’s most successful wheelchair racer

    Max#19: David Weir – Great Britain’s most successful wheelchair racer

    The latest episode to be uploaded to the Maximise Potential Podcast is an incredibly inspiring interview with David Weir, Great Britain’s Top Wheelchair Racer who has completely re-written the record books within the sport. This phenomenal racer has won four London Marathons, three of those consecutively. At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, he won two golds, […]

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  • CONGRATULATIONS to David Weir as he wins New York Marathon wheelchair race

    CONGRATULATIONS to David Weir as he wins New York Marathon wheelchair race

    Congratulations to David Weir, British Paralympic Champion for winning his first New York Marathon wheelchair title. Here is an extract taken from the BBC Sport website on his fantastic achievement, inspiring people all around the World. Paralympic champion David Weir claimed his first New York Marathon wheelchair title after edging out Japan’s Masazumi Soejima in […]

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  • CONGRATULATIONS Greg Searle for winning Silver Medal and to Team GB for topping the table

    CONGRATULATIONS Greg Searle for winning Silver Medal and to Team GB for topping the table

    Massive congratulations to Greg Searle, recently interviewed on the Maximise Potential Podcast, for winning his first Silver World Championships medal and to Team GB for winning Gold, pushing Great Britain to the top of the medals table. Below is an extract taken from the British Rowing webiste with details on their fantastic achievements inspiring people […]

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