It’s a blackout as Kiwis toast their ‘Royal wedding’
It was the wedding of the year, one dubbed by the New Zealand “as the closest Kiwis will get to a royal wedding”, as former All Black great Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn, the Black Sticks hockey player, got married at the weekend after four years together. Bauer Media Group NZ, publisher of Woman’s Day, forked out a considerable sum for exclusive rights of the big day. Unsurprisingly, keeping out prying lenses was high on the agenda.
This even extended to security hounding photographers with huge all black umbrellas to stop snaps being taken.
The Paseo de la Gloria in Buenos Aires is meant to be a nod to Argentina’s sporting greats – and that, of course, includes hockey.
However, news that a statue of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi – erected last summer – has been destroyed in the Argentine capital is the latest in a line of a vandalism problems along the banks of the Rio de la Plata.
Unfortunately a tribute to Argentinian hockey great Luciana Aymar suffered a similar fate before fellow dribbling great Messi became the latest victim, while one for tennis player Gabriela Sabatini was also stolen.
Quorn, the vegetarian food brand, has taken on hockey retiree Kate Richardson-Walsh as one of the faces of their growing meat-free range.
Swimmer Adam Peaty and captain Kate have replaced golden runner Mo Farah, who has left after three years.
The duo have big – and quick – shoes to fill and can currently be seen in Quorn’s £2.5 million TV ad campaigns. KRW and Peaty have been promoting the company’s new protein brand alongside the veggie bacon and sausage substitute range.
The Bisham Roll, anyone?
Does the menstrual cycle affect a woman’s athletic performance? The subject still remains off limits for many women, but regular research has perhaps helped to break the taboo.
The latest comes from the Umeå University in Sweden, with scientists finding that women who train harder during the first fortnight of their monthly cycle benefit more in terms of muscle build than the final fortnight.
Rio Olympian Hannah Macleod has spoken on the subject before, admitting that the squad hasn’t been shy in talking about it since players were monitored in the lead-up to previous Olympics. “There’s a vast difference from athlete-to-athlete in terms of what they suffer,” she has said.
“Some players get a bit moody and lose coordination. Exercises can feel a little bit harder, and it can change your body temperature.”
Hockey will unite for a Guinness world record attempt at the UCLan Sports Arena, Preston on May 21 for most players in an exhibition match.
The record currently stands at 257 players but organisers hope to rope in well over 300, with the required volunteers to help the record run smoothly. Hockey coach Rob Alty said that “nothing was out of bounds” as they sought to come up with an idea on the back of a successful Back to Hockey scheme at Leyland and Chorley HC.
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