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Roald Bradstock: Has the time come for a “Super-Olympics”?

January 20th, 2016


Roald Bradstock ©ITG

Are we fighting a losing battle trying to stop athletes taking performance enhancing drugs? Is cheating just so much a part of “our” collective genetic makeup that it can never be eradicated from sport? Is the only option to throw more money at it, and make the offenders criminals and put them in prison, or is there an alternative, albeit extreme option?

What if we went the other direction, and did a 180, and created an entirely new “genre” in the sports world, where it would be not only legal to take PEDs, but you would actually be encouraged to take them?

We have the Olympic and Paralympic Games for abled and disabled athletes. Why not add another section for enabled and enhanced athletes? Creating Super-Olympics would give those individual athletes and state sponsored programs that want to cheat a stage and an outlet. Could this be the solution? Maybe, just maybe, these “cheats”, be it individuals or statewide programs, would then self-purge themselves and move to the new platform, a sand box created especially for them, where they could go and play. Then the decks would be cleared and our current system could be cleaned up. Read the rest of this entry »


Youth Sport Trust

December 14th, 2015


Javelin Greats, Coaches Cheer Olympic Hopeful

November 17th, 2015

One was the first American to hold the world record in the javelin. Another competed in eight Olympic Trials and made three British Olympic teams. A third coached Australian throwers at three Summer Games.

The trio were among five javelin coaches or stars who shared thoughts on Leigh Petranoff’s dream to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The new San Marcos resident — a daughter of former world record holder Tom Petranoff — competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. She is interviewed here.

Comments from a javelin panel assembled by Times of San Diego:

Bud Held, 1952 Olympian

In 1953, Held became the first American to set a world record in the javelin — and the first to break the 80-meter mark with his world record of 263 feet 10 inches. He had a best of 270 feet and was inducted into the national Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1987.

Bud Held, Olympian and world record setter. Photos by Ken Stone and (inset) nemethjavelins.hu
Bud Held, Olympian and world record setter. Photos by Ken Stone and (inset) nemethjavelins.hu

Held: I feel a little presumptuous about making suggestions to Leigh about her javelin throwing, considering her father’s abilities. Also, I only saw her make one throw on one occasion, and I did not pay a lot of attention to her form. Read the rest of this entry »


Bradstock Testimonial from AOTO Documentary with Peggy Fleming

October 3rd, 2015


Roald Bradstock: Inspirational Cheats

December 10th, 2014

Original Article
Roald Bradstock Inspiration is an integral part of sports: inspiring stories, inspirational performances and inspirational athletes.

Cheating, unfortunately, is another, albeit less savory, aspect of the sporting world.

But how can two such polar opposites come together to inspire us? It’s not possible, is it? Read the rest of this entry »


How high can a human throw something?

September 9th, 2014

Original Article

Device for maximising height of throw … Illustration from What If?

Device for maximising height of throw … Illustration from What If?

Question: How high can a human throw something? (From Irish Dave on the Isle of Man)

Answer: Humans are good at throwing things. In fact, we’re great at it; no other animal can throw stuff like Read the rest of this entry »


Roald Bradstock: When the winner isn’t always the winner

October 23rd, 2013

Original Article

Roald Bradstock“To the victor go the spoils” is a well-known phrase first uttered by a New York Senator in 1831. Simply put, it means the winner gets the prize. But in the sports world determining a winner can be sometimes be challenging.

You would think that the person crossing the finish line first or the team scoring the most points is the winner, right, seems kind of a no brainer. They’re the ones that stand on top of the podium and receive the bouquet of flowers, get their medals, trophy, jacket or jersey and hear their national anthem played. Of course, they are the champions. That’s why we have competitions and why we have an award ceremony afterwards, so we can Read the rest of this entry »


Roald Bradstock’s javelin throw and BBC interview at the 2012 UK Olympic Trials.

August 16th, 2013


Roald Bradstock competes in a record setting 8th Olympic Trials aged 50 in Birmingham, England on June 23rd, 2012. He smashes the World Masters Record for “the over 50” and comes second. The following day, on June 24th, 2012, Roald has a little chat with John Inverdale live on BBC


The Greatest World Record Ever: Can it be beaten?

June 12th, 2013

http://www.insidethegames.biz/blogs/1014635-roald-bradstock-the-greatest-world-record-ever-can-it-be-beaten


April 2013 News

April 29th, 2013

2013: Running Network:  Article.

2013: Inside the Games: Blog.
2013: The Sports Digest: Article.

 


2013 News

February 1st, 2013

2013: World Master Athletics – Roald Bradstock’s M50 World Masters Javelin Record of 76.15m thrown on June 2nd 2012 becomes Official.

2013 Roald Bradstock tops World Masters Rankings for 2012 in both the 45 to 49 year and 50 to 54 year age group catergories


Bradstock tops 2 World Rankings Lists for 2012.

January 8th, 2013

Roald Bradstock tops World Masters Rankings for 2012 in both the 45 to 49 year and 50 to 54 year age group catergories:

http://mastersathletics.net/fileadmin/html/Rankings/Rankings_2012/2012JavelinThrow.html


THE Duke of Edinburgh launches business project

October 11th, 2012

THE Duke of Edinburgh paid a royal visit to Stevenage this week to open a business start-up enterprise. Prince Philip spent an hour at the Business and Technology Centre on Wednesday morning to officially launch its My Incubator project and meet entrepreneurs.

Run by Stevenage Borough Council and Herts business advisors Wenta, the scheme has helped launch and develop more than 50 businesses in two-andhalf years, with over 20 currently at the Bessemer Drive facility.   Read More >>

 


Sticky: Roald Bradstock wins silver at 2012 UK OlympicTrials aged 50!

August 23rd, 2012
Fifty-year-old Roald Bradstock wins javelin silver at Aviva Trials
Performance artist throws 72.78m

Andy Bull in Birmingham

The Observer, Saturday 23 June 2012 11.33 EDT

Roald Bradstock celebrates his javelin throw during the men’s final at the Aviva 2012 UK Olympic Trials and Championship at Alexander Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It was not hard to pick out Roald Bradstock at the Aviva Trials. He was the 50-year-old performance artist wearing a tracksuit top from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, over the top of a kit emblazoned with the Union Jack that he had hand-painted. It helped, too, that he threw 72.78m. That was good enough to win him a silver medal behind 27-year-old Lee Doran, from Sheffield, and made him the oldest man to win a medal at the championships since 1936. Read the rest of this entry »


Sticky: Cheer when you’re losing

July 13th, 2012
Friday, 13 July 2012
Blog Picture_Roald_Bradstock_July_12One of the things I teach as a coach, and lecture on as legacy ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust at sport colleges around the UK, is the importance failure plays in both sport and art.It is a necessary “evil” for any athlete or artist to really grow, mature and reach their full potential. It is important to learn from your failures and mistakes. Often you learn just as much, if not more, from your failures as your successes. Read the rest of this entry »