Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:31
Sue and Jim Houghton have won BBC Sport's 2012 Unsung Hero Award. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:06
Mike Wood a local sailer has just started his 3rd year at the University of Exeter after a truly eventful summer competing at International Regattas around Europe.
Mike was invited by the RYA to watch the Olympic sailing events held at Weymouth and Portland and he was fortunate to be able to meet many official's, dignitaries and parents of the Olympic competitors which was a fantastic opportunity!
Mike had to leave the Olympic regatta early due to his own racing programme which meant he had to drive to Lake Garda in Italy to compete at the 470 European Championships. On the journey his car broke down catastrophically on the Motorway in Northern Italy and he had to wait for 2 hours whist hanging over a ravine with no hard shoulder. Eventually the car and trailer were recovered to a local garage but the car was a right off so Mike had to organise a train journey to get to the event and then go back the next day with an RYA van to collect his boat trailer which he was towing.
Despite these trials and tribulations Mike was able to compete in the 470 Championships and after a very difficult 7 days of racing he qualified in 4th place for the 'medal' race which is for the top 10 boats only (out of approx. 80).
The medal race is very tough and extremely demanding. So only the very best boats are eligible to compete and the points awarded for results are doubly weighted, with any racing disputes settled in real time on the water with instant technical decisions awarded by 4 Jury boats following the sailors. Mike won the medal race and thus moved up the leader board to clinch the Silver Medal overall. This was a fantastic result in the highly competitive 470 class; especially after all of the problems he suffered prior to the event.
Since then, Mike has been selected to join the RYA Skandia Team GBR Olympic Transitional Squad, which is fantastic news. So undoubtedly he has a busy winter ahead of training whilst managing his commitments as a full time student at Exeter University
Posted: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:55
This summer we have seen the 2012 London Olympics take the country buy storm and we are all now imminently expecting the same for the London 2012 Paralympics. The athletes' have certainly lived up to the Olympic motto of 'Inspiring a Generation' but they were not the only ones. The Games Maker volunteers have been praised by everyone for the fantastic job they did throughout the Olympic Games. Now is your chance to follow in their footsteps by becoming Sport Maker!
September the 19th sees Hinclkley and Bosworth host a Sport Makers workshop at Bosworth College, 6.30pm – 9pm. A Sport Maker is someone who might organise a kickabout with their mates or a weekly game of tennis with their work colleagues. Others don't take part themselves. Instead, they do all the other things that make sport possible, like organising a sports event for their village or managing a team of race volunteers. By becoming a Sport Maker you'll be helping to deliver the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games sporting legacy. You too can be as valuable as the purple Games Maker volunteers!
Come to a free informal and interactive Sport Makers workshop and find out how you can become one of 40,000 like-minded people who are making a difference to the lives of their friends, colleagues or local community by making sport happen.
The workshop is open to anyone aged 16 or over. To register as a Sport Maker and to book your place visit:- www.sportmakers.co.uk
For further information on the local workshop contact Courtney.email@example.com
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:52