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Saturday 16th March 2019

Science Week 2019

Kids really are great aren’t they? Show them a bike, talk about the science, give them a silly hat to wear and they’re away (a bit like triathletes or academics). A 10 yr old asked me a really sophisticated question about aero-helmet design (“why do some teams chop the points off the back of the helmet?”). It was nice to see as many girls as boys there although I’m not sure of the sex of the toddler who kept on wandering on stage to steal my footballs.


Tuesday 5th March 2019

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Honoured to be invited to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing and the 2019 Spending Review.  This is me taking a sneaky selfie at the end with the key protagonists in the background: (from left to right, Lord Gus O’Donnell, Lord Richard Layard, Chris Ruane M.P. and Nancy Hey from What Works Wellbeing).  I learnt a lot: that GDP goes up regardless what the money is spent on (drugs, reconstruction from an earthquake) and doesn’t reflect the quality of the spending (drugs, earthquakes).  Gus O’Donnell suggested that some would like to replace GDP with measures of Wellbeing.  Now wouldn’t that be a refreshing change?


Wednesday 13th February 2019

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Had a great time at the Medilink North of England awards dinner last night. I couldn’t resist putting on an aero helmet during my after dinner speech (captions please…) but the topic of the talk was ‘Faster, higher, healthier’. My closing message? Doing 2 x 10 minutes per day of exercise enough to raise your heart rate can reduce your relative risk of death by about 10%. So just do it!

After dinner speech circuit here I come…


Thursday 17th January 2019

Had a lot of fun on Talk Sport with the excellent Natalie Sawyer to talk about my book and the technology of sport.  Also on was Bradley Wiggins and Darren Lewis from the Mirror newspaper.  We touched on everything from the ancient Greeks to goal line technology and VAR (Video Assistant Refereeing).

You can listen again for a limited time: Part 1 and Part 2

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Darren Lewis from the Mirror, Bradley Wiggins, me and Natalie Sawyer after our Talk Sport session on sport and technology.

Thursday 6th December: “A healthier, happier planet” Sheffield Telegraph

David Bocking, a photo-journalist from Sheffield, wrote a really nice article on me for the Sheffield Telegraph.  I was out of Sheffield at the time it came out and got a lot of stick from people about the number of pictures of me in one article (seven).  An edited online version is here, with the paper-original shown below.

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Sheffield Telegraph 6th December 2018
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(c) David Bocking

Tuesday 13th November:  100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy 2018

Well, who’d have thought it,  I’m Face.  Of a vibrant economy that is.  Grant Thornton celebrates leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit through its 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy awards.  And I’m happy to say that I’m chosen as one of them.

Thank you Grant Thornton!

Here’s my face.

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Photo: JLR Agency

Friday 2nd November: The Equalizer documentary now on Amazon Prime

61lal5ovj4l-_pi_pjprime-sash-extra-large-2017topleft00_ac_us218_Delighted to find that my documentary The Equalizer made by Kensington TV is now on Amazon Prime.  It takes 5 modern day Olympians to see whether they can compete with their peers from the past using old technology.  The main question is this: which makes the biggest difference, the athlete or the technology?


Thursday 4th October: My book is out!!

My book Advantage Play: Technologies that changed sporting history was officially published today.  It’s like having a baby (the easy male part of it, that is): you prepare for the big day without realising that there’s a whole load of work afterwards too – feeding it, helping it grow, showing it off to people and generally getting on everyone’s nerves because you can’t stop talking about it.  I wonder what my book will grow up to be?

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The bookshop seems to be in alphabetical order: Fry, Haake, Hawking.  Is that a Miodownik down at the left?


Tuesday 25th September

Nice interview by Alan Martin for Gizmodo magazine on technology and sport. Alan very kindly made me sound very eloquent!


Friday 21st September 2018

IMG_1092On stage at New Scientist Live with Clare Balding, Jamie Hindhaugh (BT Sport), Lawrence deLaglio and Hannah Cockroft for an hour’s panel session on the topic of “Technology in sport: is it always a good thing”.  Great to work with such a professional as Clare – she was the first person I signed my book for.  Sold my first 20 copies too!


18th September 2018

fullsizeoutput_3f60Very excited to receive advance copies of my book.  I’m soooo excited, it feels like Christmas.


1st September 2018

I’m delighted to be on a panel at New Scientist Live on 21st September hosted by Clare Balding.  The topic is “Technology in sport: is it always a good thing?”.  It’ll be  fun to talk about this with Hannah Cockroft, Jamie Hindhaugh and Lawrence Dallaglio.

https://live.newscientist.com/talks/technology-in-sport

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10th July 2018

British Paralympic SocietyI had a lot of fun sitting on a panel at the British Paralympic Association in London.  We talked about the use of technology in sport and in particular for paralympic athletes.  Excited to talk with Stephanie Reid, 2017  T44 Long Jump World Champion and uber-dude.