Everybody likes a good story of courage and overcoming the odds. But we are misguided to assume that excellence in a sport or in a public forum also means excellence in life, in living, and in the task of being human. What is truly courageous, basketball star Charles Barkley once said, is "a father or mother who gets up every morning to go to work to put food on the table for his family."
As we head towards our first anniversary, Sportswomen returned to the all new Sky Sports News HQ studio for a third series today at the new time of 11.30am. This series of the show promises to showcase the very best in women's' sport and there couldn't be a better time for us to return! This summer produced some of the best ever results in women's sport and we're excited to be able to celebrate key successes.
GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.
School sport is exactly where we should be looking to address the discrepancy between male and female participation rates... We know that participation rates among girls are lower, but until we use data to identify and clarify the reasons behind this imbalance, it is difficult to address the problem.
He is Tottenham's club-record signing, but his first season at White Hart Lane didn't go to plan for himself or the club... he's yet to get off the mark goalscoring wise in competitive action, he certainly has a point to prove - not only to the fans but maybe even to himself as next season fast approaches.
England will face Ireland in the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final on Wednesday 13 August. Some might brush off Ireland and predict an easy English victory, however with the unpredictable twists and turns the tournament has taken so far, it won't be so black and white with who proceeds to the final on Sunday 17 August.
Times have changed and girls as young as eight are becoming more conscious of their body image. Encouraging more physical activity can give them opportunities to look at things beyond worrying about their hair and make-up... Encouraging participation in sport in all areas can lead to happier, healthier women.