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26th March 2014 - Athletes in Motion

Fraser Pryce portrait

 

The Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony, hosted by Benedict Cumberbatch, took place in Malaysia today. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, reigning women’s Olympic and World 100m Champion, Olympic silver 200m and World 200m Champion, was nominated for Sportswoman of the Year. Although she missed out to swimmer Missy Franklin, 2014 is still off to a good start for her.

The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Sopot, Poland yielded Gold in the 60m and who knows what the Commonwealth Games will bring.

At the Sainsbury’s Indoor Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham in February, 2K Plus reporter, Norman Brierley got to chat with her, along with Kim Collins and Augustine Choge, about the Games and other things. Here’s what they had to say… [more]

To hear more from Shelly-Ann particular on the subject of her faith, listen to the rest of her interview with Norman Brierley here

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Olympics 2012 [Photo: Martin Bateman Enigma Sports]

 


 Radio Jonglei

destruction due to fighting

 

Planet Sport is regularly carried by 45 stations, and one of those stations really needs our prayers. Radio Jonglei, in South Sudan, has been off the air due to the conflict between government troops and rebel forces, and has only just started broadcasting again.

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The book’s getting better and better each day

Richard BrowneSo says Richard Browne, the American T44 100m World Record Holder in Paralympic Sport.

The 22 year-old’s life changed forever 6 years ago. It was a stormy day and the then 16 year-old junior high school student ran to take shelter in a nearby laundromat. In his rush to avoid the storm he slipped and went crashing through the glass front door. The broken glass severed a main artery in his right leg causing permanent damage. Over the next 3 years Richard underwent 14 operations but despite the best efforts of the surgeons, they were unable to save his leg and in 2010 it was amputated at the knee.

2K Plus reporter, Norman Brierley, met up with him at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Athletics Grand Prix, in Birmingham on Saturday 15th Feb.... [more]

Photo: Norman Brierley   


 

Harvest Home Concert

Harvest Home

Join us for an evening of music and laughter at St Mary’s Church, Broadwater, Worthing, 7.30 - 9.30pm on Saturday 15th March – and help support 2K Plus International Sports Media.

Electric folk band Harvest Home is in concert, and there’ll be refreshments, competitions and prizes. Tickets (including a glass of wine or soft drink) are £10 for adults, £4 for under-16s and £25 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children under-16), and bookings can be made here or by calling 07986 362487.

register online now!

All funds raised during the evening will support the work of 2K Plus, with a special focus on reporting this summer from the World Cup in Brazil and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


The Art of Goalkeeping

“It is the only position on the pitch where you cannot afford to make a mistake.”

Julian Speroni  Julian Speroni, Crystal Palace goalkeeper

Read more to find out about saving goals and saving grace with Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) and Brad Guzan (Aston Villa).


World Cup 2014 planning trip

"Football is not a sport in Brazil.  It is a religion."  That’s according to Christiane Paquelet, Cultural Director of the Brazilian Olympic Committee who showed me round the Olympic Exhibition in Rio last week.

During our eight-day planning trip to Rio de Janeiro ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup, football was everywhere. [read more] 


Oscar EwoloRoutine, Superstition or Something else?

Professional sports people train hard and can have quite a structured life of diet, fitness regimes and sleep patterns. But what happens when routine turns into ritual or even superstition?  

Here's a short article for you to reproduce in your church magazine or newsletter...

          Adobe PDF document version

 

Oscar Ewolo - taking a stand against juju in African football


Be Ready to Smile

Devotional Booklet - coverAs well as talking about the work of 2K Plus with visitors at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Birmingham earlier this month, Adrian and Pete were promoting some of our resources, including the devotional book A Sporting Month with 2K Plus.

Henry Olonga, former Zimbabwe Test Cricketer says of the daily devotionals: “These pieces will inform, help and inspire – and while reading them, be ready to smile.”

To put a smile on your face, we’re offering 2 copies of A Sporting Month with 2K Plus for the price of one. So, one for you and one for a friend - a Christmas present perhaps?

To get your 28 days of undated ‘profound, challenging… and slightly quirky’ Christian reflections which are sports-focussed and thought-provoking, Contact Us to place your order.

A Sporting Month with 2K Plus costs £2.99 plus £2.00 postage and packing.


 Sports and Tea

hamperSomeone who’s smiling this month is Mark Green from Cheshire. He won the highly competitive sports quiz that 2K Plus ran at the Christian Resources Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham earlier this month.

Each competitor was timed as they answered sports questions, and their name and time were posted on our wall. Completing all the questions correctly in just 13.2 seconds, Mark bagged himself a ‘tea-time goodies’ hamper. This is what he had to say:

“It was great to meet the 2K Plus team at CRE Midlands… and hear of the wonderful work they are doing using sport to start building the gospel message. It was made even better to win the Tea-Time hamper, and I know my kids will be delighted in the treats when they come back from school. Thanks to the team and God bless them in their work.”


 2K Plus in Rio

As team members fly out to Rio later this month to arrange accommodation and other logistics ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ , the 2K Plus 10 for 10 scheme is under way. By giving £10 every month for the next 10 months leading up to the World Cup, supporters are contributing to the costs of reporting from one of the world's biggest media sporting events.

Find out what we've got planned for Rio and join the 10 for 10 scheme, or donate online.

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Some days…

You’re on the winning side; some days, not so much.

Norman BrierleyOn a recent trip to Kenya, 2K Plus Africa Development Manager, Norman Brierley, wanted to interview Catherine Ndereba, the women’s marathon runner, who won silver medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. As well as marathon running, she works for the Kenyan Prisons Service - Norman’s first hurdle. Here’s how it went: More....

 

 

 


In the Shadow of Doping

Whilst he has good memories of previous World Athletics Championships, Norman Brierley reporting for 2K Plus from Moscow, was disappointed at the shadow that doping cast over this year’s Championships.

Trouble was brewing long before the event got under way with high profile athletes Tyson Gay (USA 100m Champion) and Asafa Powell (former 100m world record holder) both failing drugs tests. Then on the eve of the Championships, the world governing body for athletics, the IAAF, announced that from 2015 athletes found guilty of doping will be given a four year ban, twice the current level.  More....


 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow 10-18th August 2013

2012 Olympic stadiumAs the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at London’s Olympic Stadium, part of the 2013 IAAF Diamond League, have now come to an end, our thoughts turn to the next athletics event which is the IAAF World Championships.

The Championships started in 1983 and now take place every 2 years. The 16th World Championships are scheduled to be held in London in 2017, giving the city a chance to shine again, but for now our focus is on Moscow.

2K Plus have reported on 4 of the last 5 Championships and seasoned 2K Plus reporter Norman Brierley will be in attendance again this summer. We caught up with him to find out more.

Anniversary Games at the London Olympic stadium (Photo: Enigma Sports) 


Kaka on the Champions League

A few weeks ago 2K Plus correspondent, Stuart Weir, met with Real Madrid and Brazil mid-fielder, Kaka. Their conversation covered a number of topics not least next year’s World Cup in Brazil but also the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year’s thoughts on the Champions League.

Some of the interview has already been broadcast as part of our Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa programmes, with more coming up in the future. But here’s a taster of what Kaka had to say about the Champions League.

Playing the Champion’s League is a great experience for any player who has the opportunity to do it. The Champions League is the competition that comes closest to the World Cup, just a little lower than the World Cup. While it’s a European competition, it involves the best players in the word and the best clubs. I find it a hard and challenging competition but playing in the Champions League develops you as a player. Being able to play in the Champions League for a big club every year makes it a unique experience.

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Planet Sport Football Africa off to a great start!

Goal line technology was just one of the issues that got the new Planet Sport Football Africa programme off to an exciting start. The recently launched weekly 15 minute programme focussing on African football is being well received by listeners with a number of them posting comments on the dedicated Facebook page.

Presenters Solomon Ashoms and Steve Vickers, along with sports correspondent Stuart Weir, shared their thoughts on goal-line technology which is being introduced into Europe at great expense. With issues of cheating and corrupt referees, the questions were raise as to whether this technology is needed in the African game and if it can be afforded.

Listeners in Gambia responded via the Facebook page, with one stating: “I know it’s very expensive but we should have goal-line technology so that all this controversy can stop.”

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Planet Sport Football Africa 

2K Plus has launched a new weekly 15-minute radio programme called Planet Sport Football Africa. With Africa’s favourite game developing and growing, there is great interest across the continent in African players both in the home clubs and those playing abroad.

The programme includes news analysis, discussion of current stories, interviews with players, coaches and officials, as well as feedback from listeners from their posts on Facebook. “The programme will take an informed and passionate look at issues and stories in African football,” says Steve Vickers, programme producer. Not only that, but it will bring a Christian perspective on life issues to African football fans and provide a platform for Christian players to share their testimonies.

[read more] 


Walk for 2K Plus

Register now to join the 2K Plus sponsored walk 2013                      Sponsor Form (PDF)  PDF logo

The established annual sponsored walk for 2K Plus has often explored the area around Worthing, Sussex, taking in coastal paths or the South Downs. This year we’re going further afield with the sponsored walk going along the Camel Trail in Cornwall.

On the 28th September 2013 walkers will meet at 9:30am in Bodmin at the start of the Camel Trail to walk 12 miles to finish at Padstow around 4-5pm.  A lunch break is planned at Wadebridge which is about halfway and those less able may want to finish their walk there. At Wadebridge there are a variety of cafes and restaurants or, alternatively, walkers may want to bring their own packed lunch. At the finish line in Padstow there are buses every hour which can take walkers back to Bodmin.

The Camel Trail (PDF)   PDF logo        The trail is an easy, traffic-free route, suitable for pushchairs. 

More information can be found on the Cornwall Council website.

So join us for a walk through the beautiful Cornish countryside and help raise funds for the ministry of 2K Plus.

Register to take part today

Ian ChealIf you think 12 miles is quite a distance, spare a thought for Ian Cheal (right) who will complete a walk of 1200 miles at the end of June having walked from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

He’s been on the road since 3rd April with his End2End challenge and 2K Plus is one of 3 charities benefiting from his effort.

Follow Ian's blog and find out how much he’s raised.

 

 

 

  

 

The Art of Goalkeeping
“It is the only position on the pitch where you cannot afford to make a mistake.”
Julian Speroni, Crystal Palace goalkeeper
Read on to find out more about saving goals and saving grace with Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) and Brad Guzan (Aston Villa).


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