My short take on 2016: Incredible and incomprehensible, yes, but inspirational?

I have been listening to a hell of a lot of Radio 1 recently, despite the fact they are trying to stop me by aiming everything at people 10-15 years younger than me, I’m a persistent bugger. Anyway, Greg James said this week that 2016 had been “a pig of a year.”

On a purely personal level this couldn’t be further from the truth, I have gotten married and we’re expecting a child so I will always look back on 2016 with great fondness. Obviously this doesn’t make me blind and deaf to the world’s issues and don’t get me wrong, some things have happened this year that have genuinely led me to wonder where on earth we are heading as a society, and I don’t need to spell those out to you I’m sure.

However, firstly, I believe that difficult times can sometimes bring people together and I hope that no matter your outlook on the world you can find positivity and hope for the future, but also, 2016 has brought us some amazing moments.

This blog is dedicated to sport and sport has always had the ability to unite people and inspire people. With us now moving into December and bringing with it countless reviews of the year, I thought I would just nip in first, if you will permit me, and show you a short video I have created of little things that have happened in the sporting world in 2016 that have inspired me.

I couldn’t put everything in that I wanted, or else it would have been hours long.  Some bits you will know, some you may not, some involve major athletes, some amateurs, but all are important in their own way.


To find out more about the individual stories in the video please look at the links below, and please start a discussion about anything that inspired you this year, anything I may have missed out or ignored.

Amy Tinkler wins bronze

Claire Lomas – Great North Run

Chris Mears

Olympic Refugees

Nikki Hamblin & Abbey D’Agostino

Ibrahim Hamato

Andy Murray – World Number 1

As an aside, I hope to make my hockey debut and get it filmed within a couple of weeks, training is going well!  Thanks again to John for inviting me down.

Finally, thank you to Mrs W for her wonderful delivery of Rudyard Kipling’s “If” in the video, I know Andy Murray would approve!



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