A great Welsh Sportswoman’s retirement

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Opinion
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nicole cookeAs we read in today’s Western Mail of the remarkable career of Wick’s cycling heroine Nicole Cooke, I do believe that she ranks among the greatest Welsh sportswomen ever.  She must have that bit of Welsh magic which helps make our World Champions.

It is sad that she reports of a ‘sport currently in turmoil over doping’, and of the infamous Lance Armstrong, once one of my own heroes until he admitted taking drugs to enhance his performance.  I do hope that we shall soon see an end to this unfortunate chapter in a wonderful sports history.

As a modest oarsman I remember the dilemma, which my rowing partner and I had at an International Rowing event in Seville when we sipped a few mouth fulls of the well known supplement Red Bull, as to whether we would be tested for drugs if we won our race (which we didn’t by the way!)  How times have changed it seems, with drugs being taken in so many sports.

Let’s hope that one of the legacies of Nicole’s remarkable career will be that young sports men and women can see that if you have the dedication, talent, good coaching and commitment, you can win at the highest level without taking drugs.  Have a super retirement Nicole and thanks for the memories, especially of that final 50 metres in Beijing when you had the whole of Wales and GB rooting for you as you crossed the line to take Wales’ first individual gold medal in 2008.

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