Play with Flair’s Sports Personality of the Year

Last night’s Sports Personality of the Year awards showed why 2012 has been a year that will long live in the memory. The huge success of Team GB at the Olympics and Paralympics rightly took centre stage as it was a summer that the British public will never forget.

It was a remarkable show, in stark contrast to the controversial ceremony that took place last year. The whole event was completely inspirational, especially as Martine Wright, who survived the London 7/7 bombings to play sitting volleyball at the Paralympics, told of her struggle to compete as she won the Helen Rollason award.

Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year. Source:

Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year.

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Countdown to London 2012

Whilst reading Play With Flair, you might have noticed an image to the right of my posts, titled ‘Countdown to London 2012’, that looks like this:

I have created this countdown as a reminder of how tantalisingly close London is to hosting this landmark event! With only four months to go, I am becoming increasingly excited about what is in store for us, even if there are many (including me) that have not received Olympic tickets. From now on, I will be posting my thoughts on all the build-up to this year’s Olympics and I will also be sharing a few ‘Play with Flair Olympic Greats’ so that we are all ready for London 2012.

So, the Olympic kit for Great Britain was released last week and I have been quite surprised by the uproar that it has created.  It is completely understandable that people should have differing opinions on Great Britain’s new attire. However, the general level of discontent must be dispiriting for the organisers and athletes alike. It seems that every time the London 2012 team unveil something new it is surrounded by negativity; this was clearly the case with the London 2012 logo.

The Official Team GB kit for London 2012

On a personal note, I respect that the organisers are brave enough to think creatively about these decisions. For instance, using a Stella McCartney design for the Team GB kit is an obvious attempt to connect London 2012 with Britain’s fashion industry. Even so, surely what matters most is how the British athletes perform in these outfits? I am sure that when Jessica Ennis or Mo Farah begin their bid for an Olympic medal, their first thought won’t be to question why their outfit does not have a touch more red than blue.