The Sports Panel
May 14 at 7:30 pm£5 – £10
Record-breaking fell runner, Nicky Spinks, Premiership referee, Anthony Taylor, Olympic track cyclist, Katy Marchant and World Cup winning mountain bike rider, Josh Bryceland, give you a unique insight into their training, lifestyle and mindset and answer YOUR questions.
Hosted by: CAROLINE BARKER, BBC 5 LIVE SPORT
Caroline hosts some of the world’s biggest sports shows, from Sportshour and Sportsworld on the BBC World Service, to 5 live Sport in the UK. A familiar voice of sport across the BBC, Caroline’s knowledge and warm presenting style can also be seen, on TV with ‘Fanzone’ for Premier League Productions and Sky Netball. She is the founder and host of the long-running Non League Football Show.
Caroline has a wealth of live Radio and TV presenting experience at some of the world’s major events, from the Olympics to the World Cup final. Caroline is equally comfortable writing as well as broadcasting with a number of commissioned national newspaper articles.
Away from the microphone, Caroline hosts many events for clients including charity and sport governing bodies. She is a director of content creative Jibba Jabba, and was previously on the board of Chelmsford City Football Club.
Legendary hill runner Nicky Spinks has set numerous world records and won some of the most gruelling ultra-marathons in Europe. Among her impressive feats of endurance, she set the Bob Graham Round record at 18.12 hours in 2012, then the Paddy Buckley in 19.02 in 2013, and finally the Charlie Ramsay in 19.39 in 2014. Her race successes include coming 4th in the Grand Raid ReUnion in 2009, 1st in the Grand Raid Pyrenees in 2010 and 2011, 1st in the 10 Peaks Extreme, 16th in the Ultra Tour Du Mont Blanc, and finally, in 2015, 2nd in the 144km L’Echappe in France.
In 2006, Nicky was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction. In 2016, to celebrate 10 years being cancer free and to raise money for the cancer charity she has continually supported over the years, she ran the Double Bob Graham in 45.30 hours – the fastest time ever. Most recently, marking her 50th birthday, Nicky completed the Job Naylor Lakeland Challenge in 11 hours and 2 minutes.
Nicky will give an insight into her start in long-distance running, progressing from the Dewsbury 10km in 2000 to setting the Double Bob Graham record. She’ll also talk about her upcoming races, alongside her training, challenges, setbacks and continuing to compete at 50.
ANTHONY TAYLOR, Premier League Referee
Anthony Taylor has been a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2010/11 season, after an eight-year career officiating non-league and Football League matches.
Taylor started refereeing in the North Premier League from 2002 to 2004 before being given a chance to take control of Conference matches.
It took only two years to gain a further promotion and officiate in the Football League for the first time.
In his fourth season of refereeing in the Football League, Taylor was given his first opportunity to work in the top-flight when taking charge of Fulham’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth in February 2010.
Later that year, Taylor was in charge for the FA Vase final and his performances throughout the 2009/10 campaign elevated the Cheshire FA referee to the Select Group officials for the following season.
The FA Trophy final followed in 2012, before Taylor was the fourth official in Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup final.
By this time, Taylor was promoted to the FIFA officials list and in 2015 he would referee the Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, before returning to Wembley for Arsenal’s 2015 Community Shield triumph over Chelsea.
Bio and image courtesy of www.premierleague.com
KATY MARCHANT, Team GB Cyclist
Leeds born, Katy Marchant made her Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast.
She competed in track cycling at the Anna Meares Velodrome and won a bronze medal in the women’s team sprint. Katy is a Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist in the individual sprint event.
Bio and image courtesy of www.teamengland.org
JOSH BRYCELAND, International Downhill Mountain Biker
Poynton ‘Ratboy’, Josh Bryceland, is a professional downhill mountain biker with Junior World Cup and World Championship wins. A naturally gifted rider known for his individuality, laid back approach and infectious grin.
2019 looks to be an exciting year for Josh having recently joined Cannondale Cycles, leading a newly formed crew of emerging mountain bike riders, after a long term partnership with Santa Cruz Bicycles.
Kindly sponsored by Bollington Health & Leisure