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London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games reporting with Podium

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Featured within this post is written and video London 2012-related content I completed with Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes, Games medallists, politicians, leading London 2012 Games figures, as well as sporting academics, students and Games Makers in my previous role as a reporter for Podium – the Further and Higher Education Unit for the London 2012 Games.


Three-time Olympic Games gold medallist Ben Ainslie

Ben Ainslie backs Further and Higher Education to provide a springboard to success

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie CBE is one of Great Britain’s most decorated athletes of all time. The sailor, who is in line to compete in London (in what would be his fifth Olympic Games), first rose through the ranks as a promising junior in the early 1990s and studied at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, at the same time.

Ainslie’s sailing career began at the age of eight with his family in Restronguet, Cornwall. His father, Roddy, was a sailor who skippered ‘Second Life’ in the first Whitbread Round the World Race of 1973-74.

With the help and support of both his parents, Ainslie started to compete and win tournaments throughout his teenage years, as he was already Laser Radial World Champion by the age of 16.

He soon went onto win his first Olympic medal – silver in the Laser Class at the 1996 Atlanta Games, whilst continuing to study at Peter Symonds Sixth Form College.

“The trade off between studying at college, training and preparing for sailing was always a bit of a battle. I had to be pretty focused and dedicated by working hard on all fronts.

“At the time, it did not leave a huge amount of time for much else in my life, but I was happy. I had to make the decision to stop college for a short period to concentrate on the Olympics, before returning to finish off my exams,” the 34-year-old said.

“As an athlete you need a huge amount of support both financially and emotionally. It takes a lot of understanding from both parties, but for people to do both at the highest level is fantastic. They need to be flexible so they can fit in their training around important competitions.

“For example, the Brownlee brothers are combining the two now. It is enough of a sacrifice training full time in a sport like Triathlon as there are many different elements to it, but to be continuing with their studies as well is very impressive. It shows a lot of determination that they are able to do that and I think it is the right call as well.

“Looking to the future, I think it gives them the opportunities further on in life to do other things and also they are competing in sport for the right reasons, instead of looking at it from a career point of view.”

After completing his studies, Ainslie continued to succeed in sailing, winning the Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games (again in the Laser). Following his second Olympic triumph, he participated in the ‘One World Challenge’ America’s Cup campaign, before returning to Olympic sailing.

Ainslie then switched classes from the Laser to the Finn Class (meaning he had to increase his body weight by 15 kilos to achieve the optimum weight for the larger Finn Class) and he reaped the rewards.

A second gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the larger Finn Class followed, before he repeated that same feat four years later in Beijing (2008). His third consecutive gold medal meant he surpassed British sailor Rodney Pattison’s record of two gold and one silver Olympic medals to become Britain’s most successful sailor of all time.

Ainslie, who is also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, has encouraged young people to get involved as much as possible at the London 2012 Games.

“I think young people should make the most out of the opportunities that are on offer. It is not going to come round again for a long, long time and I would encourage people to grasp it, embrace it and really enjoy the atmosphere.”

The nine-time World and European champion revealed that his own preparations are going well for the Games, as he bids to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

“My training is going very well. In terms of my day to day routine, it is a mixture between sailing on the water to improve my skills there, developing and tweaking boat equipment to improve performance and fitness training on land.

“I do a mixture of weight training to control the body rate and aerobic work to make sure I have the endurance to compete at the top level.”

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Stuart Appleby’s Sport360 Work: October 2016 onwards (Part 3)

This is a round-up of my work for Sport360 from October 2016 onwards.

Catch up on my work with Sport360 from September 2015 to April 2016, click here.

Catch up on my work with Sport360 from April 2016 to September 2016, click here.

May 2017

Reporting from the Indy500 in Indianapolis – covering Fernando Alonso’s IndyCar debut and Dubai-born driver Ed Jones

Ed Jones Finish

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Stuart Appleby’s Sport360 Work: April 2016 to September 2016 (Part 2)

This is a round-up of my work for Sport360 from April 2016 to September 2016:

Catch up on my work with Sport360 from September 2015 to April 2016, click here.

September 22nd 2016

Climb to Abu Dhabi launch in the UAE capital with Piotr Lobodzinski:

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Stuart Appleby’s Sport360 Work: September 2015 to April 2016 (Part 1)

This is a round-up of my work for Sport360 from September 2015 to April 2016 (Part 1).

April 21st 2016

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Tour to the West Indies with the England Cricket Team Part 2

Watch my video work produced in the West Indies during England’s tour of the Caribbean throughout April and May. England in the Caribbean – Exclusive interviews, training, behind-the-scenes and match highlights (Part 2):

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Tour to the West Indies with the England Cricket Team Part 1

Watch my video work produced in the West Indies during England’s tour of the Caribbean throughout April and May. England in the Caribbean – Exclusive interviews, training, behind-the-scenes and match highlights (Part 1):

Continue reading “Tour to the West Indies with the England Cricket Team Part 1”

Tour to Australia and New Zealand with the England Cricket Team Part 2

I covered the England Cricket Team’s 2015 Tri-Series and ICC Cricket World Cup tour of Australia and New Zealand for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a video and social media journalist.

Please find below the video content I produced on the two-and-a-half-month long trip (Part 2):

Continue reading “Tour to Australia and New Zealand with the England Cricket Team Part 2”

Tour to Australia and New Zealand with the England Cricket Team Part 2

I covered the England Cricket Team’s 2015 Tri-Series and ICC Cricket World Cup tour of Australia and New Zealand for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a video and social media journalist.

Please find below the video content I produced on the two-and-a-half-month long trip (Part 2), visiting the following cities: Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Melbourne, Wellington and Christchurch. Continue reading “Tour to Australia and New Zealand with the England Cricket Team Part 2”

Tour to Australia and New Zealand with the England Cricket Team Part 1

I covered the England Cricket Team’s 2015 Tri-Series and ICC Cricket World Cup tour of Australia and New Zealand for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a video and social media journalist.

Please find below the video content I produced on the two-and-a-half-month long trip (Part 1), visiting the following cities: Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Melbourne, Wellington and Christchurch. Continue reading “Tour to Australia and New Zealand with the England Cricket Team Part 1”