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Paralympic values promoted through art

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Paralympic values promoted through art


‘Art of the Olympians’ is a platform where Olympians and Paralympians can show their creative side, express themselves and document their involvement in the arts.


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British Olympic track and field athlete Roald Bradstock has brought together dozens of Olympians and Paralympians through his project ‘Art of the Olympians’ (AOTO), creating a virtual and physical platform where they can show their creative side, express themselves, showcase their work and document their involvement in the arts.


Recent News – Fall 2016

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

AOTO Executive Director Roald Bradstock launches global campaign and search for new artists on CNN International

Monday, March 14th, 2016


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

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Javelin Greats, Coaches Cheer Olympic Hopeful

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

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. (more…)

Bradstock Testimonial from AOTO Documentary with Peggy Fleming

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

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

Friday, 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

April 2013 News

Monday, April 29th, 2013

2013: Running Network:  Article.

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


2013 News

Friday, 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.

Tuesday, 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:

THE Duke of Edinburgh launches business project

Thursday, 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 >>


2012 News

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

2012  Access North GA – Bradstock wins Celebrity Golf Tournament

2012  Duke launches business project.pdf (2)


2012  Hertfordshire Advertizer

2012  North Point Magazine

2012  United States Sports Academy

2012  Sing Tao Daily

2012  品牌日報 .  Brand QNA

2012  Hong Kong Magazine

2012  Elle 

2012 Today’s LivingArticle 

2012 HKEJ – Article

2012 Apple Daily -Article 

2012 The Sun – Article

2012 Sharp Daily Article

2012 StarPhoto – Article

2012  Zimbo Photos

2012 The Telegraph Results roundup

2012  YouTube – Video: Roald Bradstock World Age Group Record 72.78m / 800g,
Silver Medal 2012 UK Olympic Trials
2012 Masters Track: Article

2012 The Independent: Article.

2012 The Guardian: Article.

2012 HITC – Article.

2012 Euro Sport: News Roundup / results.

2012 The Herfordshire Mercury: Article.

2012 ESPN Magazine: Article
2012 The Independent   Article
2012 Javelin Art – Photo Collages
2012 YouTube – Video: Roald Bradstock World Age Group Record 76.15m/ 700g

Javelin ace inspires children about London 2012 through art

Thursday, July 7th, 2011


Javelin ace inspires children about London 2012 through artWednesday 6 July: Schoolchildren in Suffolk have taken part in an art class with a difference as Roald Bradstock, a Great Britain javelin thrower and former world record holder led an Olympic-themed art master class at Kirkley School in Lowestoft.

Roald is one of the Youth Sport Trust’s ambassadors for the Sports College Legacy Programme which inspires children to learn across a range of school subjects by using the Olympic and Paralympic Games to engage pupils.

He joined a group of year 10 pupils at Kirkley School, worked with them to create their own Olympic and Paralympic themed artwork, offered advice on how sport and art can be combined in schools and demonstrated his own art skills.

The objective of the Sports College Legacy programme is to inspire those young people that are not involved in sport by linking London 2012 to an area of the curriculum in which they are already engaged; and to encourage those who are already active in sport to become more interested in other school subjects.

Speaking during his visit to the school, Roald said:

“Having the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics on our doorstep is a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire a generation through sport.  In sport it is important to express yourself to maximise your performance and the same can be said for art.”

Nikola Ketteringham, Head of Art at Kirkley School, said:

“It is exciting that someone who has competed at the highest level in sport would give up their day to show pupils how sport can be used across a range of lessons and inspire our young people at school. It’s a really lovely way to wind down at the end of the school year.”

2011 News

Friday, April 29th, 2011

2011 Record Setters – Videos: WR w/20 pound note ;   WR w/20 pound note ; WR w/20 pound note

2011 Olympics Blog – article:

2011  Masters Track  Article

2011 The Herfordshire Mercury: 3 Articles: 1st Article ;  2nd Article ;   3rd Article
2011 Metro UK: Article
2011 Sport Indes : Article
2011 The Independent : Article
2011 Web Athletica: Blog #1 ;  Blog #2
2011 Masters Track: Article.
2011 Miami Herald: Article.
2011 Vancouver Sun: Article.
2011 Naples News: Article.
2011 Youth Sport Trust: Website info
2011 News Press Photos : 33 photos: #2, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28.
2011: Gazette and Herald – article.
2011 Youth Sport TrustInformation 2012 Sport College Legacy Program.
2011 Art of The Olympians – Press release:

2010 News

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

2010 Naples News: Article – Art of The Olympians to unveil Olympic Rings.

2010 Masters Track – Article.
2010 Athletics Weekly: Article – “Bradstock caught in Act by Google”
2010 Fort Myers Sanibel News: Article -Prince Albert attends Art of The Olympians Museum Grand opening.
2010 * Masters Athletics Magazine: Front Cover.
2010* USATF Foundation: Press Release.
2010 The Indpendent – Article.
2010 United States Sports Academy (USSA): Article.
2010 MastersTrack: Article.
2010 BBC Sport: Article.
2010 Art of The Olympians – photo
2010* Euro Sport -Article.