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Toni? On The Good List?

Toni Receiving the Manning Award for Services to Sport at the SJA Christmas Quiz Q: What have Trevor Brooking, Ian McGeechan, Sir Bobby Charlton, Colin Montgomerie and Toni Minichiello all have in common? A: They have all received the Manning Award for Services to Sports from the Sports Journalist Association. Christmas has come early for [...]

Wednesday 21 December 2016 13:54 BST|

They’re Back!

Four days ago Toni and Jess were in Rio being feted for their achievements, driven around by chauffeurs, hanging out with Sir Brad and quaffing champagne in lavish sponsor suites. Today Toni is doing a Tesco run in between Radio interviews. If the road to Rio was a long one, the road back to Sheffield [...]

Friday 19 August 2016 17:13 BST|

Rio Olympics 2016. The Heptathlon

Day one done, even though it stretched over two days and caused serious sore necks for people across the UK who eventually fell asleep on their sofas as the Heptathlon rolled into the early hours of this morning. There’s more of the same today. Famous Friends For the record, as if you don’t know already [...]

Saturday 13 August 2016 15:06 BST|

Toured, Bored and Ready

We Got This I caught up with Toni on the eve of the event and thanks to a time difference of four hours am writing this whilst he, Jess and the team are (probably) lying awake waiting for their alarms to go off telling them that the big day has finally arrived. They may not [...]

Friday 12 August 2016 11:45 BST|

One More (Restless) Sleep!

You Talkin’ To Me? The waiting is nearly over. I’m sitting writing this blog bleary eyed as I’ve already had one night of troubled sleep during which my mind played out the Heptathlon and all the possibilities. It must have been Toni’s assessment of the competition. Fortunately for me the team, the fans and most [...]

Thursday 11 August 2016 12:00 BST|

The Competition: Part Two

Yesterday Toni started to give his views on the likely contenders for the Heptathlon, clearly contradicting the notion that it’s a two horse race between Jess and Katrina Johnson-Thomson. That said this is where, for Brits at least, it gets interesting, “How do you rate Katrina Johnson-Thomson’s chances?” There is no hesitation from Toni, “I [...]

Wednesday 10 August 2016 12:59 BST|

Chow Downs and Competition

Jess Chows Down Whilst all the other activity goes on around them, Toni, Jess and the team are still in time killing mode. This, as explained previously, involves a cycle of eat, sleep, wait, repeat all with the shadow of your impending event unfolding in front of billions of eyes across the world. It must [...]

Tuesday 09 August 2016 17:18 BST|

A Slice Of The UK In Rio

  How Very British (spot Jess on a deck chair) Now the team has a day of Rio time under their collective belt I ask Toni what training they are planning with Jess, “Two-fifth of not much*”, is the answer I receive, “It’s more about getting the body used to Rio time, relaxing, eating right…” [...]

Monday 08 August 2016 17:21 BST|

Monster Workouts and Olympic Duvets

Help Me Up Toni, Jess and the guys have finally arrived in Rio.  I say finally, not because the trip was particularly horrific but because months and months of preparation are about to come to fruition. Before considering the trip and Toni’s take on the much take on the much talked about athletes village, a [...]

Sunday 07 August 2016 16:28 BST|

Post Pregnancy Bodies

The Olympics may be underway but for Toni, Jess and the team it’s a long day of travelling. For all the reasons documented previously it was decided the best way for Jess to prepare was away from Brazil. It’s never easy being an elite athlete, it’s even harder being an elite athlete after becoming a [...]

Saturday 06 August 2016 12:00 BST|
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