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From Aylesbury to Tokyo: How a WWII Refugee Pioneered the Paralympic Games

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National Archives, September 1, 2021 — Paralympics

This blog was written by: Jenni Orme, Head of Collections, Engagement and Expertise at The National Archives and Katherine Gwyn, Community Outreach and Projects Archivist, Buckinghamshire Archives The Paralympics are here! Once again we’ve been watching extraordinary feats on the field and triumphs on the track (and that’s not even mentioning the pool, velodrome or…

Team GB – the country is right behind you!

, August 10, 2016 — Sport

Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage

As you read this it’s likely that I’ll be in the air on the way back from Rio and ready to cheer on Team GB from home. It has been an excellent trip where I have managed to see and hear first hand how record government and National Lottery investment has helped our top athletes…

Maracana, meetings and medals

, August 9, 2016 — Sport

Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage

It’s been an incredible last few days in Rio; the Olympic Games have surged into life with world-class sport getting underway against one of the most beautiful backdrops on the planet.

Rio 2016 gets underway

, August 5, 2016 — Sport

Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage

As I write this, excitement in Rio and no doubt among sports fans around the world is rising, with only a few hours left before the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games gets underway.I’ve been in Brazil for two days now to support Team GB and bang the drum for Britain, championing the UK…

Rugby World Cup breaking records as Quarter-Finals approach

, October 16, 2015 — Sport

England Rugby 2015 managing director Stephen Brown on staging the biggest event in sport this year.In the last few weeks Rugby World Cup 2015 has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world, and as the pool stages have now finished, we can reflect on a tournament that has already produced some competitive and…

Inspiring Women into Sport

, January 28, 2015 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Let’s be clear: you don’t have to be sporty to work in sport.  If football is your passion, you don’t need to have played a season or two in the Premiership to land a really good job in the sport.  And you don’t need to be able to cover 100 metres in under ten seconds…

A week in the world of sport

, December 17, 2014 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Last week was a great one for sport, and an uplifting one for me.  In two entirely different ways, it showed the power that sport has to capture the imagination of huge numbers from all walks of life, and make a positive impact on our national consciousness.But before I get to that, I’d like to…

An inspirational trip to St George’s Park

, December 1, 2014 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

I’m all too aware that being Minister for Sport must appear to the outsider as a dream job for anyone who, like me, is passionate about sport and wants to spread the word about why it’s so important.  And so it is.Yes, there are lots of meetings and no shortage of wrangling about the bureaucratic…