Cristiano Ronaldo will lead a star-studded line-up when the football world’s biggest names meet in Dubai this week for the annual staging of one of the sport’s ‘Grand Slam’ award occasions, the 10th Globe Soccer Awards.
The Juventus and Portugal superstar is just one of a host of international stars who will come together at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah on Thursday (January 3) when players, coaches, agents, club owners and officials gather for a showcase event that recognises global success in all aspects of the game.
Title-sponsored by Dubai Holding and supported by Audi, du, Meraas and Emirates, the Globe Soccer Awards bring down the curtain on the 13th Dubai International Sports Conference, organised by the Dubai Sports Council.
While Ronaldo has his eye on claiming a fifth Best Player Award – presented by Dubai Holding – other stars set for the red carpet include FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban, coaches Fabio Capello and Didier Deschamps, Juventus Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici, Brazilian legends Ronaldinho and Ronaldo di Lima, FIFA World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and former referee Pierluigi Collina, all of whom will be involved in the Dubai International Sports Conference.
“We are excited to welcome many of the football world’s biggest stars to Dubai and host them at Madinat Jumeirah,” said Amit Kaushal, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding.
“We wish the three Player of the Year nominees the best of luck and we look forward to seeing who will win the other prestigious awards on what I am sure will be a memorable evening.
“These awards will showcase the best Dubai has to offer, from our fantastic infrastructure to world-leading entertainment facilities, and we are proud to partner with the Globe Soccer Awards to bring this exciting event to life.”
A TV audience of more than 800 million viewers is expected to watch the Globe Soccer Awards, which will also see trophies presented to the Best Agent, Best Coach, Best Club, Best Sporting Director and Best Arab Referee.
Special awards such as the Coach Career Award – presented by du from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) – and several Player Career Awards will also be made on the night.
Over the years, more than 90 Globe Soccer Awards have been presented with stars such as Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Francesco Totti having all collected one of the distinctive gold trophies.
“We have enjoyed nine great editions of the Awards, which wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Dubai Sports Council and the Dubai International Sports Conference,” said Globe Soccer CEO Tommaso Bendoni.
“After the important discussions, panels, interviews and presentations held during the Conference, the Globe Soccer Awardsceremony allows us to round off the two days with a glittering evening of celebration featuring a strong mix of international celebrities, business representatives and football heavyweights.”
Barcelona ’92 bronze medalists Karen Brown and Mary Nevill have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the sport by being named in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.
Brown – who made 355 combined international appearances, putting her second on the all-time list of female British players – has been awarded an MBE for her services to hockey.
Across a career spanning from 1984-1999, Brown played in three Olympic Games and five European championships – another British record – before becoming a vital member of the coaching set-up in 2005.
As assistant coach, Brown helped the women’s team to Olympic bronze in 2012 and European gold in 2015 as well as their famous victory at Rio 2016.
She also won two FIH Female Coach of the Year awards before stepping down from the role in 2017, although she still continues to do fantastic work in a coach development capacity with GB Hockey.
Speaking on Twitter, Brown said: “Thank you to the hockey family, [I[ feel honoured and quite chuffed!
“Thanks to my teammates, athletes, colleagues, friends and family that have supported me over the years.”
Mary Nevill – who was Brown’s captain when Great Britain’s women won their first ever Olympic medal in 1992 while both were part of the England side that won European gold the year before – has been awarded an OBE for services to sport and sports science.
Following her retirement she moved into academia, lecturing and researching at Loughborough University from 1989-2013 – specialising in the effects of maximal and high intensity exercise – as well as being Director of Hockey at the university for 15 years.
She was also the Director of the Institute of Youth Sport from 2001-2013 before taking on her current role as Head of Department of Sport Science at Nottingham Trent University.
Nevill has also coached the England U21s women’s squad while some of her other roles include being the Chair of the Sport and Performance Division and a Board Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, while she was also a member of the UK Sports Council from 1998-2000 amongst others.
Two international sides with top rugby pedigree are lined up to appear at the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens. USA’s Tiger Rugby will return to the historic rugby sevens tournament for the third time, when it takes place on April 13, while South Africa’s Stellenbosch University will attempt to reclaim the title after winning in both 2004 and 2005.
Founded in 2007, Tiger Rugby – based in Roswell, Georgia – has quickly become one of rugby’s most interesting sides. Boasting rugby sevens greats and five former Olympians in their ranks, the team hopes that third time will be lucky as they return to the Borders tournament where rugby sevens all began.
Tiger Rugby’s Paul Holmes said: “We can’t wait to return to the Scottish Borders for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens next year. We always get such a great welcome, and the support from the crowds makes it all worthwhile. Playing in the birthplace of rugby sevens makes this a very special trip for us, and we’re determined to bring the Ladies Cup home to the USA with us on our third visit.”
Stellenbosch Rugby Football Club, by comparison, is South Africa’s second oldest club, dating back to 1875. Having won the tournament twice previously, the team is eager to return to the Scottish Borders to reclaim the title for the third time.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens is the world’s original rugby sevens tournament, attracting 24 international and Scottish clubs every year to battle it out to lift the Ladies Cup. The game of sevens was invented in Melrose in 1883 by butcher Ned Haig, and the 128th playing of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens will take place on April 13, 2019 at the towns Greenyards.
Melrose Rugby President Douglas Hardie said: “We are thrilled to welcome Tiger Rugby and Stellenbosch University back to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens in 2019. Both teams have a strong connection with the tournament and are always popular with the crowds when they appear on the pitch. We’re looking forward to another year of great rugby sevens action at the Greenyards.”
Martin Gilbert, co-CEO of headline sponsor Aberdeen Standard Investments, added: “The global reach of the Melrose Sevens is a testament to the legacy of the tournament, and to have such highly-regarded international sides appearing in 2019 is a real coup. Aberdeen Standard Investments is proud to continue our support of such an important sporting event both in Scottish and world rugby, which is always guaranteed to produce an exciting day on the pitch.”
Tickets for the 2019 Melrose Sevens start from £10 for children, £15 for senior citizens and £20 for adults. Family tickets are also available for £50, admitting two adults and two children.
For more information about the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens, and to book tickets, visit www.melrose7s.com. Keep up to date with the action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melrose7s, Twitter @melrose7s and Instagram @melrose7s.
The date for the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Boat Race has been announced. All eyes will be on the River Dee on Saturday 23 March 2019, as Aberdeen’s two universities go oar-to-oar once more in the annual boat race.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Boat Race – the longest running boat race in Scotland – returns for the 24th year thanks to the continued support of the global investment group.
The University of Aberdeen is challenging its rival and reigning boat race champion Robert Gordon University (RGU) to a rematch, in the hope of turning the tables and returning to victory. Last year, RGU’s mixed crew of eight emerged triumphant just by 6.1 seconds against their rivals. The University of Aberdeen crew last won the race in 2017.
Aberdeen University Boat Club president Anna-Sophie Tirre, 21, is hopeful that, after last year’s close match, her crew will win the trophy this year. The law student who hails from Aukrug, Germany, says: “No amount of rain or cold has hindered our determination to walk away with the trophy in 2019 – we are ready to win this match. We managed to break RGU’s five-year winning streak in 2017 and this year, we’ll do it again.”
However, for 22-year old Erin Wyness, president of RGU Boat Club losing won’t be an option The M.Sc. Management student from Aberdeen, says: “The Aberdeen Boat Race is one of the highlights of the year for our clubs, and following on from our victory in 2018 against a competitive AU crew, we are determined to walk away with the trophy again in 2019.”
The course of the Aberdeen Standard Investments boat race runs along the River Dee from the Bridge of Dee to the Aberdeen Boat Club allowing spectators the opportunity to watch the competing crews along the riverbank. Each team of eight, along with their coxes, has already embarked on a rigorous training regimen to attain optimal physical strength for the nail-biting competition.
Ahead of the main race, the day’s programme will also include second crew and alumni races. Students, alumni and members of the public are invited to the banks of the Dee to cheer on the crews.
Professor John Harper, Principal of RGU, says: “Year after year, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Boat Race remains a major sports highlight in Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland. It never fails to attract public interest and enthusiasm. The determination of the two teams is unbeatable, representing their universities with dedication and pride throughout this competition – from the initial days of intense training right to the end of the finishing line. I look forward to supporting the RGU crew in March for what will be a challenging race.”
Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, says: “The Aberdeen Standard Investments Boat Race crews show great skill and unflinching determination in their efforts to emerge as winners. Their hard work is truly inspiring for all of us. Both of the crews put everything they have for this race which always turns out to be such an exciting event.”
Martin Gilbert, Co-CEO of Aberdeen Standard Investments, comments, “Undoubtedly, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Boat Race is a long-awaited sporting event in the city. The rowers always earn our support and admiration through their willingness to give their all to the race. All crew members should take pride in their commitment. We are pleased to be supporting the Aberdeen Standard Investments Boat Race again in 2019. We wish both crews the best of luck whilst also congratulating them on their hard work and dedication.”
Tom Pidcock’s electrifying campaign continued as he racked up his third UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup triumph in a row.
The 19-year-old heads into Christmas full of festive cheer after once again topping the podium in the men’s Under-23 race in Namur, Belgium.
The former junior World and European champion followed up his successes in Tabor and Koksijde by ruling the roost, Pidcock dominating proceedings to keep himself top of the standings.
The Yorkshireman conquered the undulating Belgian terrain and came home in 46:26, 42 seconds clear of Italian’s Jakob Dorigoni, with home rider Eli Iserbyt third.
He heads into round five in Heusden-Zolder 40 points clear at the top of the standings, with France’s Antoine Benoist, who was fourth in Namur, his nearest challenger.
Fellow Brit Ben Turner was ninth in 48:05 while Daniel Tulett (48:41) earned a 12th-place finish.
Nikki stands out from the crowd
Despite a bumper field of 84 cyclists – the largest-ever in a women’s World Cup race – the cream rose to the top, with Nikki Brammeier following up her podium finish last time out with fourth place.
The 31-year-old, who rode for Great Britain at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, returned to cyclo-cross full time this year and looks to be in fine fettle, having also finished second in Koksijde last month, Brammeier fired herself into the mix at the sharp end of proceedings, with strong descent work the backbone of her charge.
In the end, she came home in 46:15 and was only narrowly edged off the rostrum as Dutch riders pulled off a one-two-three finish, Lucinda Brand (45:50), Marianne Vos (46:07) and Annemarie Worst (46:12) filling the podium.
Anna Kay (49:04) and Harriet Harnden (49:14) were 25th and 26th respectively, with Bethany Crumpton also finishing inside the top 30.
William Whitaker and Charlotte Dujardin were the star British performers at the Olympia Horse Show, with both earning World Cup medals in front of a home crowd.
Whitaker won showjumping gold on Saturday, beating nine other riders in a dramatic play-off on Utamaro D Ecaussines.
The 29-year-old was close to tears at the end after he finished his round in 37.02s to pip Belgium’s Karel Cox by 0.19s and USA’s Laura Kraut by 0.68s.
“That was the longest time of my life,” said Whitaker, whose uncle Michael finished fourth on Valmy de la Lande.
“I’m delighted, I just can’t believe it. This is on a different level, the best. It all worked out as I planned, but it helps if you are on a horse like mine.
Full story and Images available here – https://www.teamgb.com/news/whitaker-and-dujardin-wow-crowds-at-olympia
With the new year just around the corner, we thought we’d get a few dates lined up in the calendar for next year’s Angling Trust RiverFest 2019.
We’ve carefully selected some of the best river stretches in the country and done our best to avoid clashes wherever possible. We must thank Dave Harrell Angling for his continued consultation and contribution to the contest.
|Sunday 16th June||River Calder, Mirfield|
|Saturday 22nd June||River Swale, Morton|
|Saturday 29th June||River Weaver, Northwich|
|Saturday 6th July||River Trent, Fiskerton|
|Sunday 7th July||River Nene, North Bank|
|Saturday 13th July||River Don, Sprotborough|
|Sunday 14th July||River Tyne, Corbridge to Wylam|
|Saturday 20th July||River Medway, Barming|
|Sunday 28th July||Bristol Avon, Newbridge to Saltford|
|Saturday 3rd August||River Tees, Yarm|
|Sunday 4th August||River Soar, Loughborough|
|Sunday 11th August||River Yare, Langley|
|Saturday 31st August||River Severn, Bewdley|
|Sunday 1st September||River Trent, Burton Joyce|
|Sunday 8th September||Tidal Trent|
|Saturday 14th September||River Thames, Abingdon to Appleford|
|Saturday 21st September||River Severn, Bridgnorth|
|Sunday 22nd September||River Thames, Clanfield|
|Saturday 28th September||River Thames, Reading|
|Sunday 29th September||Warwickshire Avon, Stratford|
|Saturday 5th October||Yorkshire Ouse|
|Saturday 12th October||River Trent, Burton-on-Trent|
|Sunday 13th October||River Wye|
|Saturday 19th October||River Severn, Shrewsbury|
British Athletics have announced the selection policies for the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships and Aarhus 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
Data and Images courtesy of https://www.uka.org.uk/performance/2019-selection-policies/