Being asked to do a challenge for Sport Relief is like being asked to be the god parent to an ugly baby. Despite knowing you will forever have a picture of an ugly baby hanging on your wall in case your godchild's parents come to your house, it is very difficult to say no. How hard can it be anyway? You just smile by the font at the church at the christening, buy the child something silver and post a card once a year with an increasing amount of money in it. As for the picture, you just hang it in the room in your house you visit the least, although from experience hanging it in the shed always causes upset...
As an athlete, I'm used to my fair share of meal planning and strict diets and it's a bit of a pain to miss out on food you'd usually enjoy, I'm sure chocolate will top a few lists. I'll be competing in Europe, so although I physically can't take part, I'll be with you in spirit.
The London 2012 Games are a real once-in-a-generation opportunity. I'd encourage everyone to join the team and make the most of these games.
It saddens me whenever I see yet another story labelling all of the youth of Britain as uneducated, unemployable or criminals. A lot of people have a toxic attitude to youth in this country which can be damaging and, in my experience, tarnishing them all in this way is completely unfair.
Following such a successful Olympic Games in London, the Paralympics will now place disability on a global podium. But how will the various disability issues rank at these games and which medals should be awarded to them?
With just over a month to go, I know it's going to be a tough but rewarding couple of weeks but I'm beyond excited to be included in this historic sporting event especially in my home city in London. In the meantime I hope I can inspire others out there to make changes in their lives and not just in a sporting way.
England against Italy is often a strange contest. For two nations with rich and diverse histories, often involved in the same interlocking spheres of European influence, very little is found to link the two nation's politics, cultures and, at least now, football teams.
Racism and hooligan violence were supposed to greet England fans travelling to Ukraine for Euro 2012, if certain sections of the British media were to be believed. They couldn't have been more wrong.
Some would have you believe that defence is the most important part of a football team, mentioning that if you don't lose goals then you can't be beaten. Others think that scoring goals is the most vital aspect, Pep Guardiola included "The most difficult thing in football is to put it into the net. Scoring goals is the hardest thing there is."
It was supposed to be a fairytale return for one of Brazil's greatest sons: Ronaldinho had been greeted as a returning hero by the Flamengo masses upon his return to his homeland in January 2011.
England's preparation has been typically baffling and the media circus that follows the team is in full swing, but there are ten good reasons to believe that Hodgson's lions will be roaring at this year's tournament.
The countdown to the Olympics has begun. Stadiums complete, torch relay under way, and plans to ease the impact on London's workforce being rolled out at speed.
Will I be watching England without Holt? I'd rather mow the lawn thanks.
Monaco is special. It is the symbol of everything Formula 1 is about: beauty, glamour, precision and reward. They have overhauled their pits complex in recent years to be in line with any other leading motor circuit and their marshals are the best in the world. The same can definitely not be said about the Spanish Grand Prix circuit.