Episode 32 is an interview about the extraordinary power of sport with – Baroness Sue Campbell. It’s an interview about culture and purpose, how you bring people together and how you create a cadre of individuals who believe in something bigger than themselves.
It’s a conversation which reminds us about what’s important and gives an insight into the passion and purpose which drives one of the most influential women in sport.
Sue Campbell trained as a physical education teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. She then went on to spend four years as a regional officer with the Sports Council (now Sport England) before moving to the National Coaching Foundation (NCF). Following 11 years as the Chief Executive of the NCF, she became Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. In February 2005, Sue became Chair of that organisation until December 2017. Sue was appointed Head of Women’s Football with The Football Association in March 2016, and became Director of Women’s Football in January 2018.
Among many honours, Sue has received 11 honorary doctorates and in June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport.
In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Sue held this position for two terms until April 2013, where she presided over Team GB and Paralympic GB’s incredible performance at the London 2012 games.
In December 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent Crossbench Peer.
Sue was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: Mystics vs Durham Palatinates, Magic vs Nottingham Hoods, Monday Night Open Age League, Magic And Mystics’ Jumble Sale – Items Wanted, On The Website, Want To Play 3×3 Basketball?, Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues?, Shop Online?, Community Sessions, Walking Basketball and National League Fixtures. We hope you enjoy it.
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We are looking for teams to join our Monday night open age league.
Teams of all abilities, men and women welcome!
Interested? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday open age league
7:30 – 9:45pm Men & Women – £24 per team
The club plans to hold a jumble sale of basketball and other sports clothing and equipment in September.
All money raised will go towards funding the Community and Junior National League programmes.
If you have any items in good condition that you no longer need or your children have outgrown – vests, shorts, t-shirts, etc – please bring them into the office at the Manchester Basketball Centre.
More details about the jumble sale will be announced in due course.
Want to play 3×3 basketball? We’re planning on running leagues for men, women and juniors on Wednesday and Sunday nights (8pm-10pm) at the Manchester Basketball Centre. If you would like to register your interest or want to know more, drop us an email email@example.com or call us on 0161 881 0090.Why 3×3?
It’s growing hugely in popularity.
It’s simple to play.
It’s exciting to watch
Each squad only needs 4 players
And each squad plays several games in one night
Oh, and it will become an Olympic sport at the Tokyo Games in 2020
Our Monday adult leagues, which restart in September after the summer break. It costs just £24 per team per game and you’ll be playing at the fantastic Manchester Basketball Centre in Whalley Range. If you’d like to enter a team or want to know more, contact league organiser Jane Thomas-Johnson on 07968 077138.
We’re looking for junior teams – boys and girls – to join our Friday Night Leagues at the Manchester Basketball Centre.
We are running 4 leagues in total: A Foundation League for mixed abilities (Approximate age range: 8-12). A Development League; (Age range: 9-13); A Premier League for players just below National League standard (Age range: 12-15); and a College League (Age range: 14-17).
If you are interested and want to know more, contact Phil Gordos on 07872412926 or the office on 0161 881 0090.
Earlier this week UK Athletics presented a best-practice approach to supporting photographers with impairments into major athletics events with fellow IAAF Diamond League meeting organisers as part of National Inclusion Week (24 – 28 September 2018).
Founded and headed up by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week is an annual week of activities and events which serve to highlight the value of inclusion in the workplace, within which UK Athletics’ work as a host of major events was showcased in the form of a short behind the scenes video with a view to passing on its learnings and processes.
A constant work in progress, the ever-evolving focus on providing the best service possible to photographers attending British Athletics major events began as a result of the increase in para athletics events being staged by UKA following the move to bring organisation of major events in-house in 2011.
The most notable and positive development to the increased integration of events was an uplift in the amount of professional photographers with impairments attending to cover the events.
In 2015, British Athletics took the step of consulting with organisations such as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), British Paralympic Association (BPA) and UK Sport among others to gain valuable input to our work from key sporting delivery bodies, and since then has continued to pave the way for supporting photographers to work within its events.
The policy which was developed is British Athletics’ Guidance for Photographers document (available to download here for reference) which aims to cover all areas and potential scenarios for supporting the work of all attending photographers within the field of play. This includes the pre planning of wheelchair accessible photo positions, to on event day, ensuring that designated staff are in place to assist disabled photographers to go about their work, enabling them the same levels of accessibility to do their job.
The driving force behind 2015’s consultation work which continues to be reflected in British Athletics Photographers’ Guidance, Photo Chief Sally Skea said:
“Back in 2015 there was a realisation that what we provided as a service to photographers was good, but with the increase in disabled photographers attending our events, there were new questions to be addressed in order to provide inclusive access for all in the safest way possible. Through consulting and tackling these issues, we recognised the potential for our service to be enhanced to excellent.”
“We’re now in a position where we have created opportunities for all photographers, irrespective of whether they are disabled or non-disabled to come and attend the event in an inclusive way.”
“We’ve also sought feedback from photographers which has confirmed this is one of the most inclusive environments to work in, not just in terms of access to the building, but that we have a member of staff on hand to deal with their needs. It really is a level playing field.”
A member of British Athletics event-day team for five years, Deputy Photo Chief Ed Tutty added:
“The most pleasing aspect of working across a busy event is seeing everything come together as it should and hearing that each and every photographer has been able to do their job as they intended.”
“Further to that, and beyond helping photographers in the events we have here and now, what is also really important about the service we provide is that the question of ‘what can we do to make this better for you?’ continues to be asked. There is an appreciation that goes both ways and we feel that’s why there is such a welcoming feel and continued return to British Athletics events.”
Major Events Director at British Athletics, Cherry Alexander, praised the work carried out by Sally and her photograph team.
“I am very proud that everyone who contributes to the staging of our major events does so with inclusion right at the centre of their thinking. Sally and her team have worked hard with our disability photographers to produce this guidance, and then successfully carry this out on event days. They have created an industry leading model.
“It is significant to hear the positive feedback from photographers with a disability who attend our events, but also the fact that they continue to provide pointers to further improve what we do and make it the best experience for everyone who attends. This is crucial as we strive to continue enhancing the experience for members of the media, especially those with impairments. We’re dedicated to making sure our delivery for para athletes on the field of play is replicated behind the scenes of our media operation too.”
Both Ellie and Becky (Nottingham) make a welcome return to the GBR line up after injury whilst Georgia-Mae (East London), Alice (Park Wrekin) and Kelly (Dynamo/Southampton) all competed at the European Championships this summer. Lucy Stanhope (City of Liverpool) will join the squad heading to Doha as the travelling reserve.
James Thomas, British Gymnastics Performance Director: “The World Championships in Doha represent the start of the qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Building on from the European Championships and with a number of gymnasts returning from injury, we had several world class gymnasts pushing for team selection through the recent competition trials. The selected team for Doha gives us the opportunity to make a positive start to our Olympic qualification campaign, going head-to-head with the world’s best in the team competition and pushing for medals on key apparatus.”
The championships take place at the Aspire Academy Dome in Doha from the 25th October to the 3rd November. They include competitions in the all-around, individual apparatus and team events with the main focus for many nations centred on the team competition which presents an early opportunity for Olympic qualification.
Paralympic Gold medallist Jonathan Fox MBE has called time on a successful career that has spanned almost 18 years and saw him win medals at three Paralympic Games.
The first of his Paralympic medals was claimed at Beijing 2008, silver in the 100m Backstroke, gold then followed at London 2012 with two World titles in Eindhoven and Montreal also in the 100m back. These achievements led to Fox receiving an MBE in 2013 for services to swimming from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
A highlight for Jonathan was his return from injury in 2016, when he won gold at the European Championships in Funchal. He later broke his own World record in Sheffield and qualified for the Rio Paralympic Games, where he went on to win 400m free and 100m back silver.
Earlier in 2018 Fox was reclassified from an S7 to an S8, substantially changing his world ranking and therefore making it harder to be competitive in his chosen events.
Fox explained, “My reclassification prevented me from being able to attend the Commonwealth Games 2018 and I also missed out on qualification for the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin 2018, both were hard to deal with.
“In August, I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, that’s something that I’m still coming to terms with and getting used to.
“2018 has been a bit of whirlwind for me and now feels like a suitable time to step away from the sport and focus on my health.”
He then added, “It has been such a great honour to represent Great Britain and I would like to thank British Para- Swimming, UK Sport and everyone that has been part of my sporting journey, especially my family in Cornwall, and also everyone who supported me whilst overcoming injury. You have all helped me to achieve my dream.”
Fox will remain in aquatics and has recently completed his Swim Teaching Level 1 and hopes to give back to a sport that has given him so much.
British Para-Swimming National Performance Director Chris Furber said: “Jonathan has made a substantial contribution to British Para-Swimming during his career and personally achieved so much including 2 World titles and Paralympic Gold in London 2012.
“He has been an incredible member of our programme and has developed into a real leader within in team over the last few years. It has been a pleasure to work with him.
“I have no doubts that Jonathan will be successful at whatever he chooses to do next and we know that he will continue be an excellent ambassador for swimming and para-sport.”
“Classification is an integral part of all para-sport, and whilst we will continue to work with World Para-Swimming to ensure a consistent process for all swimmers, to lose a second exceptional talent from our team in a matter of months is clearly concerning.”
Great Britain Hockey are delighted to announce that Great Britain’s men’s match against Belgium on Wednesday 3rd October will be streamed live by BBC Sport.
The Anniversary International in partnership with Toshiba TVs takes place at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Wednesday 3rd October at 7:30pm, and celebrates 30 years since Great Britain’s men’s historic gold medal at the Seoul Olympics.
The match sees Danny Kerry’s full strength Great Britain side take on world number three Belgium in a very important match ahead of the Hockey Men’s World Cup later in the year. With Danny in charge of the men’s team for the first time, it is sure to be a great evening of international hockey.
In addition we very much look forward to welcoming back heroes from 1988, and they will be presented to the crowd, while legendary commentator Barry Davies has also accepted an invitation to attend.
Adult tickets for the game begin at just £12.50, with Under 18s from only £4.50, and NUS holders at £10.
Click here to book tickets for this exciting match of international hockey and nostalgia!
Midland Counties Road Relays, Sutton Park, 22 September
Birchfield Harriers enjoyed a successful day at home in Birmingham as they took the spoils in both the women’s four stage and men’s six stage road relays. First up were the women, who led virtually all the way to win by some 90 seconds. Jordan’s Tamara Armoush posted the quickest leg of the day on leg one, with her teammate Julia Cooke (coach: Bud Baldaro) second fastest.
In the men’s race it was a similar story, Birchfield never headed as they romped to victory by almost two minutes. Will Richardson (Peter Stewart) was fastest Brit on the day, his 17.42 run just one second shy of his teammate Kadar Abdullahi who was quickest overall.
Northern Athletics Road Relays, Sportcity, 23 September
Leeds City AC enjoyed a strong weekend on the roads around Sportcity and the Etihad Stadium, as they won the women’s four stage event and were runners-up in the men’s race. Stevie Stockton (Phil Townsend) led her team off in fine style with the third fastest leg of the day, with Georgia Malir, Emma Clayton (both Andrew Henderson) and Claire Duck (Mike Baxter) doing the rest. Blackburn Harriers’ Jess Judd (Mick Judd) ran a 19.52 time for quickest female of the day, getting the better of Lauren Howarth (Steve Vernon) by 30 seconds.
In the men’s race Lincoln Wellington continued their rise, a strong team performance ensuring they took gold by over a minute from Leeds and Liverpool Harriers. New recruit Charlie Hulson put Liverpool in the lead on leg one with the fastest leg of the day, but Leeds City’s Philip Sesemann (Henderson) was just one second slower on leg four.
Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon, Bristol, 23 September
Matt Clowes continued his strong road form, winning the Great Bristol Half Marathon by a proverbial country mile. Running solo all the way, the Cardiff man clocked 65.10, just 30 seconds shy of his personal best, backing up the 29.19 and 29.47 clockings he has produced over 10km this month.
Bill Dellinger Invitational, Oregon, USA, 21 September
At the first major pre-season cross country meeting over in America, Oregon University students James West (George Gandy) and Philippa Bowden (Mick Woods) produced a pair of top ten finishes, a good start to their autumn season. In a strong field, West was second Oregon man home in ninth place. In the women’s race Bowden went even better in sixth place, as Oregon athletes swept the first seven places to take the team title. There was also a notable run for Portland’s Rebecca Howard, an Aldershot, Farnham and District teammate of Bowden’s, as she finished 12th.
Mountain Dew Gator Invitational, Florida, USA, 22 September
Jodie Judd (Mick Judd) was the first British finisher in Gainsville, the Florida State University student seventh, Ellie Wallace 25th and Charlotte Crook (Peter Crook) 28th.
Self Transcendence 24 Track Race, London 22-23 September
At the annual race at Tooting Bec in London at the weekend, Mike Stocks ran 249.110 km/154.790 miles for first place and Paul Maskell clocked 247.050km/153.510 miles for second.
Both athletes bettered the 245km distance that has been used by British Athletics as a benchmark to be considered for individual selection for GB teams. Sarah Moorwood was the first female with a very creditable 213.080 km /132.410 miles.
Meanwhile the remarkable Geoff Oliver set no less than eight world age group records. The 85-year-old recorded new marks at all distances from 30 miles to 100km.
Nekoda Smythe-Davis won the biggest medal of her career to date as she won silver at the 2018 World Judo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday 22 September.
The -57kg judoka from London backed up her bronze medal from last year’s World Judo Championships in Budapest with another world-class display judo.
The British judoka went in as fifth seed and had a bye into the second round where she faced up and coming Slovenian judoka Kaja Kajzer.
In a very controlled performance Smythe-Davis waited for her opportunity as the Slovenian held her own for large parts of the contest.
Eventually in the final minute, the British fighter dominated a long exchange and threw Kajzer for ippon with a big Osoto-makikomi.
Her third round opponent was WRL 14 Chen-Ling Lien (TPE). Smythe-Davis had beaten the Chinese Taipei fighter on her way to Worlds bronze last year.
Just like last year, this contest went into golden score with momentum swinging back and forth between the two fighters.
Both judoka went into golden score with two shidos to their name and the next few minutes were a decidedly tense affair.
Eventually Smythe-Davis got a run of attacks in and forced Lien to get a third shido and secure her place in the quarter-finals in Baku.
WRL 4 Theresa Stoll (GER) was next up and the German judoka had looked in impressive form so far.
However, Smythe-Davis never let her opponent settle as she soon took a waza-ari lead.
Less than a minute later the British fighter made sure of the result as she threw Stoll for ippon with a powerful Osoto-gari.
WRL 1 and defending World Champion Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia stood in her way in the semi-final and it was another tight and tense affair for all involved.
Once again, the contest went into golden score but this time Smythe-Davis was behind on shidos, two to one.
Golden score was back and forth again with both judoka enjoying periods of dominance.
With just over two minutes gone the British fighter spotted an opportunity and transitioned excellently into newaza and started to apply shime-waza.
Dorjsuren was able to get out of the initial strangle but Smythe-Davis recycled well and continued to apply pressure eventually resulting in the ippon win.
In reaching the final Smythe-Davis ensured she’d be the first British finalist at the World Judo Championships since Karina Bryant in 2009. It also gave her the chance to win the first gold for GB since Craig Fallon in 2005.
WRL 2 and last year’s World silver medallist Tsukasa Yoshida (JPN) went into the final holding a 2-0 record over Smythe-Davis and she continued that winning run.
The British judoka was not able to get into the fight and was caught twice for waza-ari in quick succession.
Speaking after picking up her medal, Smythe-Davis said:
“I knew that if I performed well today that I was definitely within a chance of winning a medal again like last year and I’m just so glad that everything just came together on the day.
“I even felt like my wins were more convincing this year than they were last year so for me it’s just like I’m stamping my authority down that I am here till the Tokyo Olympics and I’m looking to take a medal.”
British Judo Performance Director Nigel Donohue was full of praise for her performance:
“Few athletes medal back to back at World Championships level, so to win a second World medal and get to her first World final is an incredible achievement.
“We are confident she has the potential to be the best 57kg athlete in World Judo.
“For now though, she must enjoy this success, reflect on her achievement and know that we are all very proud of her both as an athlete and the person that she is.”
Tomorrow (Sunday 23 September) is a busy one for GB Judo with three fighters in action. Amy Livesey (-63kg), Alice Schlesinger (-63kg) and Stuart McWatt (-81kg) are all fighting.
Competition will start at 0700 UK time with live coverage via @BritishJudo on Twitter. There will be a full digital live stream via britishjudo.org.uk, live.ijf.org and Eurosport Player. There will also be broadcast coverage of the final block on the BBC Sport website and Red Button as well as Eurosport UK.
Great Britain’s para-dressage team have won Team Silver at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA, and with it, qualified a team place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Separated by just 0.64%, the British team were just edged to Gold by The Netherlands who finished on a final collective score of 223.597%, becoming the first nation other than Great Britain to win the team title.
Yesterday Sophie Wells MBE (Nottinghamshire) scored a Personal Best of 77.233 in the Grade V Team Test to finish top of her Grade, and Sir Lee Pearson (Staffordshire) followed with a strong score of 71.606% to put the team in fifth place overall overnight before the final set of team tests were contested today – with Great Britain’s Natasha Baker MBE (Middlesex) and Erin Orford (Buckinghamshire) taking to the arena for the Grade III class.
First in was Natasha with Mount St John Diva Dannebrog, owned by the Mount St John Stud. Competing in just their third team test as a combination, they produced a fabulous fluid performance to be rewarded with a Personal Best score of 74.118%.
A delighted and an emotional Natasha said; “I don’t even know what to say, I’m still shaking; she was absolutely amazing.”
“I’m just so, so, proud of her. Everything was just so much better, she went in there with so much more confidence today. I was much more confident today; it hit me a little bit [the pressure], but she just felt so good that it didn’t matter. I just felt so much more prepared going in there today; we got the halts, and just so, so happy. If that’s what we can do after seven months then in another year’s time, she’s just going to grow even more in confidence. I absolutely adore that horse.”
Competing at their first World Equestrian Games, the final rider for the British team was Erin Orford and Dior, owned by Annabel Whittet. Improving on their individual test of Wednesday, the duo put in a lovely performance to receive a confirmed score of 69.029%, bettering their mark from last year’s European Championships.
Speaking after her test, Erin said; “I was so proud of her. I had hoped we’d done enough but unfortunately the scores weren’t on our side. She had a bit of stage-fright on Wednesday, but today I was really pleased, I couldn’t have asked any more of her, we went in there and gave it everything.”
Following the completion of the final class of the day, the Grade I’s this afternoon, the confirmed final team score for Great Britain of 222.957% saw them clinch the Team Silver medal, and seal their place at Tokyo in two years’ time.
Commenting on the team’s performance, Para-Dressage Performance Manager, Sarah Armstrong said; “Our target was to return with a team medal, we’ve done that; and to qualify for Tokyo, and we’ve done that. All of the athletes have delivered great tests over the last two days, and I’m delighted for them.
“We’re happy with how we delivered in the arena, they delivered their best for the points they are at in their careers. They have worked so hard, the athletes and the whole support team behind them; we knew it was going to be tough, but I’m thrilled with what they’ve delivered and that the margin was so small.”
Final Team Standings: Gold, The Netherlands = 223.597 | Silver, Great Britain = 222.957 | Bronze, Germany = 219.001
The para-dressage competition draws to a close tomorrow with the final event, the Freestyle, contested. Sophie Wells MBE, Grade V, and Natasha Baker MBE, Grade III, will both take to the arena as they compete for the second Individual titles of the Games.
Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.