I wanted to share my journey of attempting to get all of the signatures from the treble winning Manchester United squad of 1999. This is a project which has been going strong now for two years and it has had it’s fair share of highs and lows. As a life long united fan, this was a decision actually made on the spur of the moment, … Continue reading The Shangri-La of Shirt Signing.
My first official event as an accredited member of the media began with the collection of the prestigious pass on the afternoon before the race, this was a result of an online application and invitation to the official press conference at the Hilton, Al Habtoor City. Walking in, wet behind the ears, I was met immediately by the sight of Marathon World Record holder since 2003, Paula … Continue reading The Quest for Marathon Immortality.
I recently visited the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex and was fortunate enough to chat with the manager of all sports events. Kresh, has been an integral part of the complex for past 6 years and has seen the evolution from a single multi purpose venue including a volleyball and futsal court to the world class facilities now available to elite athletes and teams from … Continue reading NAS- Where marginal gains are a reality.
There is no time for the January blues here in the UAE and this is all thanks to the plethora of sporting events on offer in the first month of 2019. Here is what we have to look forward to in January… 3rd- 31st Jan (every Thursday and Saturday)– Dubai World Cup Carnival What is it? Horse racing. It is the beginning of the Dubai World Cup … Continue reading Off to a Strong Start…
We all know that Netflix is famous for it’s vast array of movies, binge worthy series and documentaries but here are some recommendations for the world of sport, with some recent additions and some golden oldies. Here are my top 5: 1. Bobby Robson: More than a manager. (1h 39 mins) An insight into the managerial life of one of football’s most loved, as described by … Continue reading Netflix and…love sport even more.
Pablo Quintanilla, a rally rider for Rockstar Husqvarna Factory, recently spent some time in the Middle East preparing for the world famous off-road endurance event, The Dakar Rally. So why choose the UAE as a training base? “Dubai offers a desert similar to the one that exists in Chile, Peru or Morocco, that’s why the FIM has chosen to host a World Cup date here and the … Continue reading Getting Ready to Rally – Pablo Quintanilla
I had the opportunity to ask a few questions to ex- Welsh Rugby international Mike Phillips this week. The now resident of Dubai is embracing all aspects of life here in the Middle East. Phillips, aged 36, is the most capped scrum-half for Wales and he has not shied away from sharing his rugby expertise whilst here in the UAE. Mike has taken on the … Continue reading Dragon in the Desert- Mike Phillips
Yousif Mirza is the first Emirati cyclist to ride for a UCI world team but whats more impressive, he is also proudly the first Emirati cyclist to have competed in an Olympics. As with most athletes from time to time, Yousif’s attendance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, did not come without it’s major obstacle; the major obstacle being a victim of a road traffic … Continue reading Need for Speed- Yousif Mirza
As we approach the end of 2018, we are far from over with the array of sporting opportunities on offer as a spectator and participant here in the UAE. Here is what we have to look forward to for the rest of December… 6th – 8th – 3rd Dubai International Rythmic Gymnastics DuGym Cup 2018 What is it? An international Rhythmic Gymnastics competition featuring 5 well … Continue reading They think it’s all over…
This week, one of the world’s leading sports psychologists popped into school to deliver a session on the ins and outs of the highly anticipated Generation ‘Z’. Bill, who is famous for his work with Manchester United, Middlesbrough and the England football and basketball teams, to name but a few, is highly regarded in the sporting world. So much so, he is now asked to … Continue reading Generation ‘Z’ – Bill Beswick