Rio 2016

Modern Pentathlon is exciting because anyone can win – Pier Paolo Petroni

The modern pentathlon is an event like no other.

While most athletes focus years of training into a single sport, this event requires the versatility to cope with the demands of five very different disciplines.

Pier Paolo Petroni represented Italy at the Rio Olympics and the 29-year-old believes that the widespread of sports in the event is what makes it so special.

“There are many different variables in the modern pentathlon compared to a single event like swimming where you already know what your time will be,” he said.

Rio 2016 may not have been perfect, but it was another reminder of how important sport is to society

The late, great Daily Mail sport columnist Ian Wooldridge once wrote: “Sport embraces nobility and scandal, heroes and crooks, endurance and cheating, academics and morons, bravery and chicanery, artistry and ugliness. Yet there are days when sport reaches the sublime heights of unscripted theatre and draws from men and women performers resources of nerve and skill beyond human comprehension.”

In these days of 24-hour television on 100 channels, smartphones, tablets and Pokemon Go, with obesity on the rise and footballers getting paid an incredible amount as the Premier League TV deal boosts club bank balances, it’s easy to forget how much other sport exists and what it can do to inspire communities and indeed nations.

Rio and Beyond – the Millfield Mission

Millfield is renowned for its strong sporting history. 

Director of Sport, David Faulkner, looks into the school’s ongoing Olympic success, the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio and beyond with completion of the Millfield Sport 2016–2020 Strategy.

Joining Millfield in January 2013 I inherited a legacy of high-quality sport and performance, at some of the highest levels across a wide range of sports. It is Millfield’s performance on a regional, national and international scale that has gained such respect in school sport and beyond. 

“We're aiming for an Olympic medal” says Team GB's Seren Bundy-Davies

It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for Team GB athlete Seren Bundy-Davies.

The only Welsh representative in Team GB's 80-strong athletics team for Rio 2016, Bundy-Davies has high hopes as she juggles training for the Olympic Games with studying for a degree in biomedical science.

“I’ll never forget winning my first international medal at the European indoor championships, that was a huge breakthrough for me,” said Seren. 

“The 4x400m bronze at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing was another amazing highlight from that year.  Of course, we’re aiming for an Olympic medal in Rio – there’s no point aiming for anything less." 

"It would make sense to select me” – Ryan Raghoo, Team GB Paralympic hopeful for Rio2016

I was born under very difficult conditions, and due to a number of errors from the medical team delivering me, I was left with permanent brain damage and a condition called Cerebral Palsy.

I spent a lot of time in a wheelchair and I hated sport at school, being excluded because it was considered too dangerous for me.

In 2014 I started off as a 100m sprinter and after my classification was changed it seemed like my dreams of going to the Paralympics were over.

Luckily I have found a new event in the long jump and am now world class in this new event. I have so much more to learn and this really only is the beginning.