Joe Schmidt hadn’t a word of French when he pitched up in the Massif Central town of Clermont-Ferrand back in 2007, but the Kiwi coach was a quick learner and he’s still known for dropping the odd peu de Francais into his vocabulary on those weeks when the opposition is of a Gallic flavour.
Robert Heffernan’s medal chances have been significantly enhanced with the withdrawal of Russian Olympic champion Sergey Kirdyapkin for this morning’s 50km race walk at the World Championships in Moscow and double 50km Olympian Colin Griffin believes the Corkman is on course for a treasured medal.
MICHELLE Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are planning to visit Ireland this month. If they do make it to these shores, you can bet there will be a huge media scrum surrounding them, with camera lenses focussed on the First Lady’s megawatt smile and world-famous arms.
ROBERT HEFFERNAN will be looking for the performance of a lifetime when he faces double European champion, Francisco Fernandez, in the 5,000m walk at the Irish Indoor Championships at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast tomorrow, with Gillian O’Sullivan also looking for something special.
THE tremor that rocked Irish sport last year when leading sportsmen and women were dropped from the grants scheme or had their funding cut has eased and only minor after-shocks are likely to be experienced when the details of the Carding Scheme and the Performance Plan are revealed early in the New Year.
IT is easy to forget that only two years ago, Olive Loughnane was the 12th fastest female race-walker in the world over 20k. But the statistic seemed to get lost in the hysteria after her team-mate and friend Gillian O’Sullivan claimed a world championship silver in Paris.