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Glasgow 2014 – another in our age and sport series

by on July 29, 2014

We’ve been off for a week and now we’re back!  Well, one of us has been off for a week and the other has been busy working on papers, marking and working on other research, but she’s not bitter!

In any case the weather is fab and the commonwealth games is on the TV so here is our guide to age in Glasgow!  The very useful games fact sheet highlights that 50% of the population of the Commonwealth are under the age of 25.  But what of the competitors.

Much has been made of 13 year old Erraid Davies’ medal winning performance – prompting much coverage to make comparisons with the ‘old’ Hannah Miley within the Scottish swimming team.  Hannah is 24!  She is also somewhat younger than Scotland’s oldest competitor who is lawn bowler Willie Wood MBE at 72 (Still trying to find the stats for the oldest competitor at the games overall)

Erraid appeared on BBC alongside another ‘oldie’, and as the telegraph pointed out ‘former fat bloke’, Steve Way who came in tenth and broke the British Master’s record for the over 40s in a new personal best time.  Both fantastic achievements!  On the BBC Gary Lineker asked Steve about his sporting past, it appeared that he didn’t have one and had really come to any form of sport late but with no regrets for any missed opportunities of youth.  Meanwhile the Independent looks forward to the women’s 5000m calling this a ‘Battle of Ages’ quoting athlete Jo Pavey as saying “Out of the three of us, there’s going to be two 40-year-olds and then somebody half our age”

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