As a former Chair of the UN Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace I wonder what, if anything, has sport contributed to the progress of the human and social MDGs? And how is that momentum continuing?
My horse Szekit and I recently had our first competition for the National Summer Dressage Qualifiers, and the fact that the date of the competition was Friday the 13th did set off a few alarm bells in my head. Nevertheless putting superstition aside and with entry fees paid, my final preparations began.
Today, we mark the International Day of Disability, a UN initiative to "increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability."
When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.
What people might not realise, as I didn't, is housing's direct effect on mental and physical wellbeing. Without a fixed address, no surgeon would consent to perform the operations I desperately needed to move forward. Where could I have gone afterwards to mend? My doctors weren't convinced the sofa of a friend was an appropriate place to get better. And nor were my friends.
Many people say every day is a cycle to work day, so use Cyclescheme to help get yourself up and running and start tomorrow! Once you get your two wheels you won't want to go back.
I was lucky enough to visit Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford for National Paralympic Day 2014. A celebration of all things Paralympic, this annual festival saw the stars of London 2012 returning to the stadiums to compete once again, and in the case of the races in the London Aquatics Centre, take part in the first international swimming competition that the centre has seen since London 2012.
While we will be inspired by what they achieve on the field of play, the NHS should also take inspiration from the process, structures and services that helped get them there... Because while our health service is world class when it comes to saving lives, too often what comes next fails to live up to that standard.
With sell-out crowds, a smooth operation and the absence of any notable hiccup, organisers deserve applause for delivering a near flawless spectacle... No sooner had the closing ceremony started that it became clear Glasgow had breathed new life into what was considered an ailing event.
The Commonwealth Games being held in the city of Glasgow has not quite finished yet, but has been heralded as a "great success" due to the success of the organisation of the Games itself and the success of Scottish and other athletes.
I've struggled with negative body image my entire life. Born missing my left arm and then at 18 months of age suffering third degree burns to 14% of my body after knocking boiling water on myself while struggling to get used to a prosthetic arm. I grew up looking and feeling different - in a society where so much emphasis is placed on physical appearance and the desire for perfection - I felt isolated and alone.
At the age of three, after my complete lack of talent at ballet became unignorably apparent to both my Mum and Teacher, due to my inability to avoid slaying my fellow taffita toting tots with my far from graceful but enthusiastic whirling, I was stripped of my tutu, hammered into a riding hard hat the size of a nut and driven to the local stables, where I was to spend every Saturday morning from then on. This is where my love affair with horses began...
"Man it was tough. At least with the handbike I could breath. It was literally like a pan fire... It was one of the toughest things I have done on wheels, either three or four." Alex Zanardi returned to Brands Hatch last weekend, the scene of his London 2012 Paralympic glory.
"Roses are red, violets are blue, I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you." Oscar Pistorius' voice trembled as he read out Reeva Steenkamp's Valentine's message to him at his murder trial today, following a gruelling five days of cross-examination by state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel.
Oscar Pistorius gave a heart-wrenching testimony at his murder trial in Pretoria today. The sports star was in clear emotional distress as he howled uncontrollably in the dock recalling Reeva's lifeless body just moments after he shot her.
It's not often I get emotional about sport and even less so that I would be congratulatory to a mate without taking the piss first but... What the athletes and the background and coaching teams have achieved is truly inspiring. A great result despite the obvious challenges posed by UK sports funding.