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Andy Murray on finally topping the rankings and his joy at playing in an era with Roger, Rafa and Novak


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18 LIFE’S IMPORTANT LESSONS Professor Greg Whyte’s tips on how to get ahead

36 COVER STORY ANDY MURRAY The Scot opens up on his rise to world No. 1 and his plan to dominate in Dubai

70 STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD What you need to be wearing across spring and summer 78 SMELL FRESH Five fragrances that are sure to please your better half 80 LOOK GOOD ON AND OFF THE FIELD England cricketer Mark Wood gives us his styling tips


15 LIKE A BOSS How Eddie Jones has turned England into world beaters


10 A TRULY EPIC ADVENTURE Lewis Pugh is on a mission to swim every ocean in the world



46 DAVID HAYE IS BACK The Hayemaker looks ahead to his grudge clash with Tony Bellew and reveals his plans to conquer the heavyweight scene once again

88 NERVES OF STEEL Pilot Kirby Chambliss tells us what it’s like to fly in the Red Bull Air Race 90 SWIM, BIKE, RUN AND REPEAT World champion triathlete Flora Duffy gives us her tips 92 RETURN OF THE ROSSONERI We speak to AC Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio

54 MOUNTAIN RESCUE If you ever go off piste then these are the guys you need 61 MOVIES YOU HAVE TO SEE In honour of Rocky’s 40th anniversary we look at the best films focusing on sport

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F OR Y OU All of the sports, all of the fitness, all of the style FEATURE

February 2017

FOREVER SPORTS MIDDLE EAST Publisher & Editor in Chief Noel Ebdon

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Editor James Charlton



GET LEAN with Joe Wicks NERVES OF STEEL Kirby Chambliss helps us preview the Red Bull Air Race

PACKING A PUNCH David Haye tells us about his plans to dominate the heavyweight division once again


BEACH READY More top, healthy recipes from our favourite fella on Instagram


TAKING TO THE SKIES We find out what it takes to become a world-class stunt pilot



Dubai bound Andy Murray is out to show why he’s the world number one





BREAKING THE TREND An inspirational chat with mountaineer Pasang Lhamu


Contributors Matt Allen, Mike Pinckney, Matt McEvoy, Ben Rowe, Reuben Priddy, Mark Williams, Nick Moore, Thomas Theodore, James Charlton, Roxy Shah, Kevin McCreeth, Thomas Byrne, Colin Hubbuck, Gershon Portnoi, Matt Lizzimore, Michelle Sammet, Tom Bailey, Paul Frost, Zoe Birdsall, Hussan Butt, Mike Gasson,

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January is done and dusted which means, if you are anything like us at FS, the New Year resolutions have already fallen by the wayside and instead of eating healthy and working out, you are instead slumped on the sofa. But don’t worry, you are not the only one. We binge-watched Westworld and Stranger Things as well. Of course if you have stayed on track or simply want to get beach-ready, then make sure to head to Stacked where we have some great workouts for packing on the muscle and dietary tips for cutting the fat. We can also help you look your best whether wanting to impress at the pool or make a statement while out at brunch. Simply flip through to the Style section where we have the fashion trends for the warmer months. Speaking of style, you can’t help but of noticed our cover with a rather trendy Andy Murray. We spoke to the Scot ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where he will enter the tournament as the world number one. That’s right, after 11 years of trying Murray is officially the best player in the world. Congrats Sir Andrew. But the tennis isn’t the only sporting event in town, we also have the Red Bull Air Race and the Abu Dhabi Triathlon coming up soon, both of which are featured in Tekkers. In fact February is an action packed month for sport so get our there, watch your heroes and be inspired. We know we will be.

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FOR ME? February is the month for love, fighting and sorting your life out


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FEBRUARY 2017 Swimming the Antarctic p10 How to dress like an NBA star p11 The superbowl half-time show p12

Learn to sleep better p14 Meet Jordan Manley p16 Greg Whyte’s here to get you jacked p18 Become an F1 mechanic p21

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Lewis Pugh is changing the world, one freezing cold stroke at a time “MY TONGUE started to freeze – every time I turned my head to breathe, I was gulping in sea water. I started to think I might not survive the swim.” When things get this bad, most of us would probably call it a day. I’ve given it my best, chaps, but you know, my TONGUE IS FROZEN! Lewis Pugh, though, isn’t most of us, and the conservation trailblazer took to the seas again in December 2016 to help raise awareness for his latest campaign. He survived the swim, by the way. Pugh is the only person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world, raising awareness for global warming and general ocean protection issues in the process. In 2016, he helped create the biggest protected area in the

world in the Ross Sea, just off Antarctica. And he’s not finishing there. The next plan, his Antarctica 2020 campaign, is to create three more Marine Protection Areas, and he is planning several cold water swims to raise awareness over the next few years. His December 2016 effort, in the Antarctic’s Bellinghausen Sea, launched the campaign, and saw him take to sub-zero waters for over 17 minutes. And all this just six months after he went under the knife for a spinal nerve issue. Pugh’s achievements over the years speak for themselves, and saw the United Nations give him the title ‘Patron Of The Ocean’ in 2013. Basically, he’s like Aquaman, but instead of fighting bad guys, he’s protecting nature.



“I am trying to express my way of being in this world” Zadie Smith, who is up for an American Library Association award this month for her novel Swing Time, explains what it feels like to be a writer

PEAK meant good. Which makes sense. Peak as in the summit, the pinnacle, the best. It’s been slang for almost a decade, but over time, its usage has morphed. It grew to mean extreme, for instance – if someone did something really out of order, or excessive, it could then be described as peak. A remark, like an exclamation similar to damn, or wow. Then it got flipped, and peak could mean terrible; the worst. Inverted meanings are common in slang. Bad, sick and wicked are all examples of adjectives which take on a reversed meaning to their traditional use. Over time, it’s been used more and more with a negative conotation. For some contemporary usage, you may hear a teenager in Dubai Mall say, “500 dirhams for a pair of jeans, that’s kinda peak.” In that scenario Peak is being used to describe something as too expensive. But you could also hear the word being used in this context around the food court. “There’s seating outside but if it’s too hot and the weather’s peak, then it’s a myth.” Peak being bad, a myth; not possible. The most versatile word in the world.


2016 was peak – 2017’s gonna be peak, tho!


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#Saltbae Stylish chef Nurset Gokce and his love of steak took the world by storm

Chicken gloves We saw a man eating Korean fried chicken wearing disposable gloves. Game changer




How NBA rules inadvertently helped turn the swag level up to 100

league, keen to reassert its image as THE NBA IS THE sharpest-dressed family-friendly, became increasingly league in world sport and today’s image-conscious. The NBA clamped players adhere to a businessmandown on players arriving at games in like dress code. But that hasn’t casual clothes, and enforced a dress always been the case. Through code. From the start of the much of its history, players just 2005-06 season, players were attended games in tracksuits, to attend games in business and only donned dodgy, attire: a collared shirt and an ill-fitting suits and baseball Dwyane Wade optional tie. caps on the night they The dress code regs are were drafted into the league. pretty seriously enforced, This was all pretty but NBA players are NBA unproblematic and players; they are super straightforward until Allen rich, and many still like Iverson arrived in the league. to flaunt their wealth. The first pick in the 1996 They want to swag out NBA Draft, Iverson rose to rather than look like prominence as both a player Tyson Chandler stuffy businessmen and a style icon around the at a convention. turn of the millennium, This generation of and led a widespread hip NBA stars have hop-inspired movement worked within the of players arriving at confines of the dress code games in do-rags, big to pioneer a smarter, chains and quadruple sophisticated approach to XL NFL jerseys. menswear. Some still get In 2004, the Detroit Russell Westbrook it very wrong, but stars Pistons and Indiana like Tyson Chandler, Pacers had a ten-man brawl Dwyane Wade and in which players climbed Russell Westbrook work into the stands and fought closely with designers and with spectators, this fight, stylists and have become style icons nicknamed ‘The Malice at Palace’ in their own right. served as the turning point. The

The xx Are back, and that’s good for the summer

Donald Glover Atlanta AND the new Childish Gambino record. DG was man of the year

Mobile games …That require online connection. What is the point? Kanye West Forget Donald Trump, man – make another Ultralight Beam instead

The bowl cut Sorry Justin, no matter what, that’s a haircut that should never be in style

Resolutions Well they went out the window fast


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Sleep expert Nick Littlehales has worked with Real Madrid, Man City and Team Sky. Here, he offers his tips for a better night’s kip


Circadian hythms Be aware of the circadian rhythms of the day; the sun goes up, the sun goes down. That’s how we interract as human beings with light, dark and temperature, and it also triggers many of our biological and physiological functions throughout the day, so being more in tune with that process really helps you with recovery when you try to sleep. Know your chronotype Knowing whether you’re a morning person or a nighttime person – your chronotype – is important. That way, you’ll know what time of day or night is better for you to get the benefits of sleep. Sleep in cycles, not hours Sleep is managed in 90-minute cycles. You go through various stages and different levels of recovery during

Don’t be like Joseph Gordon-Levitt; get some sleep

that period. With every 90-minute cycle, you’re trying to get all of the good recovery benefits and not get stuck in stages of sleep that have lower levels, so you don’t waste valuable time doing it. Try to break your day down into cycles, not hours – it’s a much better way of planning your day. Think about pre-sleep and how you get ready for bed. Don’t fall into the habit of getting home, brushing your teeth and dropping into bed simply because it’s late and you need to get to sleep. It’s much better to focus on the cycle process because it gives you timings. Depending on how things pan out during the course of the day, you don’t want to stick to some stupid routine, you want to live life as much as possible. So if something crops up, you can deal with it. You

can start coming down from the day, allowing your body to be sleep prepared and reduced to three cycles if you like, but tomorrow you’ll be able to add another 90 minute cycle in to catch up a bit. And post-sleep It’s important to think about how you wake up, and what you do when you wake up. Wake up naturally, with daylight, and don’t immediately interact with your device and notifications. When you’re coming out of a period of being asleep, it’s absolutely vital to let your body move through the next 90 minutes – from the point of wake - in as un-rushed and relaxed a way as you possibly can. You need to fuel and hydrate, you need to empty bladder and bowel, and you need to get daylight into your system.


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New Invictus fragrance smells nice What do you know about the word Invictus? It lent its weight to a Paralympic-style event for injured soldiers (Invictus Games 2014), and before that it was a 2009 film about the 1995 Rugby World Cup starring Matt Damon. Before any of that, though, it was the title of a poem, published in 1888 and used by big leaders with big problems: Winston Churchill in 1941 and Nelson Mandela locked away on Robben Island (‘I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’). The word Invictus – Latin for unconquered – has some serious historical weight behind it. This month, Paco Rabanne is launching a brand new offering to its Invictus range. Invictus Intense has notes of whiskey, salty-amber, orange blossom, black pepper and cardamom. Sensual yet fresh. We’ve tried it out here at FS, and while we don’t quite know our orange blossom from our salty-amber, we can genuinely say that it smells really nice and looks like a fancy man of the match trophy. 80ml, 350 AED/SAR



How Eddie Jones turned England from wasters into world beaters WHEN EDDIE JONES arrived at Twickenham, he was met by a team who had just been dumped out of the World Cup at the group stage. What he’s done with them is incredible, and the players’ willingness to trust him has helped. It started with fitness. When Jones came in, he told the players to get 30% fitter, and they did. It’s improved some of them no end (Billy Vunipola!), and while training sessions have resulted in a few injuries, they’re shorter than before, and loaded with intensity instead. The players prefer it that way, rather than training for the sake of it.

The fitness has obviously helped with the defence – as has Paul Gustard’s arrival as coach – but it’s in attack where it really shows. Jones’ gameplan involves players standing square to the breakdown five or six yards away, then taking a ball with options to pull it deep or hit contact. Being fitter allows them to get around the corner and make up those yards. Elsewhere, a tough edge has been introduced. Dylan Hartley as captain was a statement, and one his team take onto the field; ‘we’re not taking a backwards step, so find a way to beat us.’

Then there’s the backline, where he has shown trust in Youngs, Ford and Farrell, and let them mould and grow the unit around them. That, and trusting players to have a beer after a game, is the kind of thing that builds a team. Finally, Jones isn’t shy to talk his side up when the time suits. It’s something the great sides do, and something England sometimes shy away from. After winning the Six Nations, he just said England SHOULD be winning it. His players won’t pat themselves on the back until they win a World Cup. Keep this up, and they just might get there…



enjoy a bitter rivalry. We recommend the City Arms for a preand post-match drink, if you can squeeze in.

ENGLAND v FRANCE, 4 FEB The Grand Slam defence starts at Twickenham. Get there early, enjoy Cabbage Patch and West Car Park festivities, then go watch Dylan Hartley get sent off.

FRANCE v SCOTLAND, 12 FEB Hop on the EuroStar and hit Rue Princesse while you enjoy songs and joie de vivre from both sides. Scotland have a chance of victory on the pitch, too, which is novel.

How to travel to London to watch the Six Nations this year

WALES v ENGLAND, 11 FEB Cross the Severn, and

SCOTLAND v WALES, 25 FEB These two can produce epics (their last two games have been 27-23 and 26-23), and Edinburgh is a great night out to boot. Cowgate is a good spot, but everywhere will be busy. Make sure you leave in time for the trek to the stadium. ITALY v FRANCE, 11 MAR Lots of culture to see in Rome,

but leave it for another day – traffic is a ’mare, so get to the stadium early and enjoy the local bars. If Italy upset the French again, expect bedlam. IRELAND v ENGLAND, 18 MAR Speaking of bedlam, a possible Grand Slam decider on Paddy’s Day weekend is it! Get there if you can, and you’re guaranteed a good time. A trip to The Bridge 1859, near the stadium, is a must.

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SHOOT FOR HOME Jordan Manley has spent four years making epic film and photo project A Skier’s Journey, culminating in his native British Colombia


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WITFM? Can you tell us about your project?

A Skier’s Journey is a series about skiing and travelling. Our goal has been to provide context to the places where skiing exists, the landscapes and cultures. Was it technically difficult to capture the footage?

A lot of the cinematography in the series is fairly simple. Much of it is photographic, with little or no camera movement. I don’t use an elaborate camera kit, and I try to focus on strong compositions where and when I can. Sometimes the shots are technical in the sense that I need to get into a position that is difficult to reach, like the edge of a cliff. Then we use ropes or a harness to get into position. What were the toughest parts of your expedition into British Columbia?

The most emotionally challenging or scary parts of the trip were actually close to the beginning, when we were walking up through the forest for a few days (en route to the ice field). We had quite a bit of weight on our backs, and the terrain was difficult because there is a lot of dead fall to get through and over. Your skis are on and off, and you’re working out blisters. There was a big unknown as to if we’d be able to get through that, and wondering if we’d actually get to make the film. There’s a line in the final film – “how do you know when you’re home?” What is your answer to that? 

Home is where I feel comfortable. It’s the place I know most intimately. And it’s a place that’s wrapped up in nostalgia. What are the things you look forward to doing when you return home?

A sauna, local trails, and sushi. Are you trying to send a message?

Overall, I’m interested in our relationship with nature. It’s a pretty endless, difficult riddle to solve.


As someone who has observed lots of cultures, what worries you about the future? And what fills you with hope?

There has been a wave of retraction as of late with Brexit, Trump, etc. We’re no longer seeing our differences and diversities as strengths – rather, we’re interpreting them as impediments, retreating into our shells. The Paris Agreement [on climate change] gave me a sense of hope, that so many nations could come together for a greater good. But that hope is currently being challenged. Watch all ten films at FSME February 2017 17

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To launch his new FS column, all-round legend Professor Greg Whyte gives us ten important life lessons EVEN IF YOU DON’T RECOGNISE GREG WHYTE, you’ll know his work. The professor of sports science and one-man motivation machine is the person who defeats the impossible. He is responsible for getting actor David Walliams to swim the Channel and comedian Eddie Izzard to run an unfeasible number of back-to-back marathons, among many other things. From next month, the Prof will be penning a column designed to get you jacked for life, whether you need a career boost or are thinking of taking on a ridiculous challenge. To begin, he tells us the ten biggest lessons he’s learned from life so far. Pay attention at the back…


Nothing good comes easy

What is the foundation of success? Hard work. That’s what you’ve got to be prepared to do. There’s a mantra now that’s been taken from sport and has evolved into all of life, and that’s this concept of marginal gains. It’s about looking at nuances, and trying to fix little things. Why do people love that concept? Because it’s easy, and they’ve only got to change a little bit and all of a sudden, their performance is going to change. You completely ignore hard work. Sorry but you can’t polish a xxxx. If you haven’t got the groundings and the foundations of success, it doesn’t matter what thin veneer of

marginal gains you put on top of it – it’s going to crumble at some stage. “The more I practise, the luckier I get,” golfer Gary Player used to say. We often look at people and think ‘they’re lucky’, but they’re not – it’s all about hard work.


True success takes time

If you’re trying to lose weight, for example, those who lose it over a longer period of time are more likely to maintain their weight loss. Ninety per cent of people who lose a stone in three weeks will put it back on. And half of them will actually put more weight back on. The longer you build and the more work you put in, the longer you will retain excellence. That’s the same in business, lifestyle and performance. Resilience is an in-word at the moment in business development. But it’s always been important. You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth. You will have a bad day. The question is can you pick yourself up and carry on from that bad event? Those people who can pick themselves up and dust themselves down are the people who are much more likely to be successful.


Take opportunities – you never know where they might end up leading

I spent much of my early career working for free. I was the physio for the national triathlon squad

up until Sydney 2000. That was a huge amount of work with lots of weekends away. I was one of the first physios to work in F1, too, with Benetton drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Alex Wurz. Why for free? That was the opportunity, the thing that makes you stand out from the crowd and makes you unique. All of a sudden when I talked to people, I’ve got experience working in F1 and elite sport – I haven’t just got an undergraduate degree, but I’m something different. Nowadays, the most enjoyable things I do in my career are for free. The reward of working for charity is so much greater than anything else you’ll ever do. The input for that is just time but the reward is amazing.


Your name’s not down so you’re not coming in? Nonsense, anything is possible

There’s an awful lot of social inequality in society, so there are plenty of reasons why you can’t achieve – but you have to forget those. Anything is possible. It might take time and it might take you longer than anyone else, but you will get there in the end. I come from Luton, I went to a state comprehensive and I went to the Olympics for Modern Pentathlon, for crying out loud! It’d be hard to find a more upper class sport! When you come from Luton, there isn’t a great deal of show


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WITFM? jumping or fencing that goes on. Don’t worry about what other people are saying, either – just keep ploughing through.

bronze medals, then maybe eight of those bronzes into silvers, then four of those into golds. Next thing you know, you’re more successful.



Let your actions do the talking

This is the best advice I’ve ever been given, and it was given to me by my absolute hero – my dad. I started off life as a swimmer – there was a lot of stuff said in the gallery but my dad said to me, ‘You let your swimming do the talking because when you win, nobody can take anything away from that.’ It’s definitely about what you’ve done, and if what you’ve done is excellent, then people respect that. I always ask students if they have a job, and to get one if they haven’t. As an employer, if you look at a CV and it says ‘I’ve been employed at H&M and Costa Coffee’, it might not sound like much, but compare it with the guy who’s been sat on his backside for six months, and guess who I’m going to employ?


Don’t let people grind you down: believe

If you ask me to characterise elite athletes and entrepreneurs, the one thing that drives the successful ones is belief. They fundamentally believe that they can achieve their aims. But it’s a competitive world, and there are some people who don’t want you to achieve. A lot of readers will experience that to some extent at work – there might be somebody above them who doesn’t want them to succeed because they want to maintain their position of power. It can happen with friends – that classic thing when you tell your mates you want to run a marathon, and they fall about laughing. By the end of their laughter, you think ‘that’s a rubbish idea’ when actually it’s something you really want to do. What you’ve got to be able to do is differentiate between that and good advice from people who you trust to ensure you make the right decision.


Nothing good is achieved alone

If you’re the leader of a team, then how do you lead it? If you’re part of that team, how do you become a better part of that team? Be nice, because good things happen to nice people. There are lots of people out there who think

With Greg’s help, David Walliams swam the English Channel for Sport Relief

you’ve got to be unlikeable to achieve. And remember – some people carry more responsibility than others, but everyone is equal, from the top dog down to the cleaner – if the toilet’s dirty when I walk in, that’s the first impression I get of your business. So everyone is equally important, and that’s why that respect issue is really important.


Don’t dwell on the past because you can’t change it – just keep moving forward

There are two parts of any venture, whether at work or a challenge you take on: one is the process, and the other is the outcome. One thing you should never do

“It’s a competitive world, and some people don’t want you to achieve” is dwell on any failures. But what you should do is dwell on the process. Why was it that I didn’t succeed? And actually do dwell on that, because you’re then able to make sure that doesn’t happen again going forward. It’s the same with success. What we should do is unpick why you were successful. And actually even when you’re successful, there are still bits that didn’t go right. A great example is Team GB last year at the Olympics. People said, ‘How can they get better?’ There were 16 fourth places, and the margin of difference between fourth and third is so small that you’re just looking at moulding it slightly and moving those 16 fourth places into

Success is so much easier if you love what you do

So many people run the marathon and say they hate running – so why are you running the marathon? There’s no written rule that you have to run a marathon or do a triathlon – do what you want because if you do that, you’ll love it so much more, and actually achieving it will mean so much more to you. And because it means more to you, it means more to those around you. I’m not saying you have to love every moment of it – the truth is you don’t and you won’t. To some extent, the more misery that is built into it and the harder you have to work for it, the greater that reward tastes – it’s back to the first point: nothing good comes easy. Don’t do something that you don’t like, though. If you hate work, change your job. Be brave. I know we have responsibilities but actually, there’s nothing worse than being unhappy because the people closest to you will also be unhappy.


It’s difficult to hear when you’re talking

This was beautifully articulated to me recently when I was having a conversation about soft drinks with an 11-year-old daughter of a friend. She said to me, ‘Fanta has got Aspartame [sweetener] in it,’ and I said, ‘No, diet Fanta has it in, but full fat Fanta hasn’t got it.’ She said ‘No, it has, it has.’ The conversation moved on, but I kept thinking ‘does it?’ On the way home I stopped in a shop and the two-litre Fanta had 126g of sugar and also Aspartame in it. On the one hand, my response was ‘are you joking? They’re driving this dopamine response to addict you to sugar, so they increase the sweetness of the drink.’ But that was secondary to the fact that an 11-year-old had taught me that. I dare to say that my five-year-old has taught me stuff, too. The only way that happens is by listening. Professor Greg Whyte OBE, Director of Performance at CHHP and author of Achieve The Impossible


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JACK IT ALL IN TO BE AN… F1 MECHANIC MECHANICS IN F1 might be a far cry from the guys fixing up your motor on a high street, but a career within the sport isn’t out of reach if you know your way around an engine. That’s according to F1 constructor McLaren-Honda’s chief mechanic Paul James, anyway. He’s in charge of the team’s mechanics, who form their pit, logistical and mechanical crews. Find out what it takes to live life in the pit lane.



I have overall release of the car when it comes into the pit lane and I have final say. Whether you can have final say in two seconds is something else really! With pit stops, we aim to complete 50 practice pit-stop sessions from Thursday to Sunday. Sunday is usually just the six practice stops. When we’re in the workshop, we do two sessions a day of 15 practice stops each. It’s all about drills and repetition. As we practice so much and it’s more of a drill now, I don’t think the guys feel the pressure. I don’t think some of them even breathe when they’re doing it to be honest. It’s so quick!


There are lots of races when we’ve made a big difference. When you watch someone come in before your driver and leave after him, you’ve done something right. When you’ve done a good pit stop, you feel it’s right. A bad pit stop is about three seconds, a good one around two or 2.5, and there’s a big difference. It’s very frustrating when it goes wrong, but we don’t beat ourselves up over it, as

there’s so much to expect from us. The biggest mistake I made was losing a wheel nut. I was the guy who gunned Jenson Button’s wheel on when he lost his wheel at Silverstone. That was my fault! What do I love most about my job? Winning. There’s nothing better than seeing those guys standing up on the podium, because it’s a team effort. JOB SPEC

Hours Expect everything from eight-hour days to 12-hour shifts tweaking a car through the night. Then there’s travel… Salary The industry average is around AED93k, but McLaren are big payers, so entry could be around 110k.


Fitness has become a big thing; the pit crew are athletes. Good core strength is the main thing because of the actions and twists you make in pit stops. There’s been a massive push towards fitness recently; people weren’t conscious of being fit before, but now they are. It’s led to a massive improvement in performance.

Location Pit lanes all around the world, and manufacturer HQs in between races and in the off-season, too.

Responsibilities Ensure the car runs at 100 per cent, seamless pit stops and the logistics of moving two cars around.

Benefits Travel, good money and the chance to be part of a team that pushes technical innovation in motorsport. You might end up on TV, too.

Skills A cool head under pressure, a decent level of fitness and core strength, and the ability to change a wheel in under three seconds.


I’ve been working for McLaren for 20 years. I started out on McLaren Cars on the F1 project. I came over to do testing and eventually crossed over onto the race team. My first year on the race team was 1998. David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen were driving. It was a good year. I was also Lewis Hamilton’s number one when he won his Championship in 2008, then I moved on to be chief mechanic.


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Your definitive guide to fitness and nutrition, every month

Edited by Matt McEvoy


A leg up


We’re now well into the New Year and some of you may already be flagging. Don’t worry, we get it. That’s why we’ve brought out the big guns in fitness, health and nutrition to help get you back on track. We’ve got workouts from Ben Rowe (p26) and Alex Davies (p28) to keep you motivated. Oh, and a few tasty recipes from our old mate, Joe Wicks (p30).

Ben is a bodybuilder, PT and coach who runs Team Benbo Body Coaching. W: I: @teambenbo

ALEX DAVIES Alex is a WBFF Pro muscle model, Protein Dynamix ambassador, and aeronautical engineer. W: I: @ @alexdavies_wbffpro

JOE WICKS Former FS man Joe Wicks now has three best-selling recipe books under his belt. W: T & I: @thebodycoach

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A short but intense shoulder and tricep workout with UKBFF bodybuilder and coach Ben Rowe


Because they are two sets of muscles that are often overlooked, but they will give strength and aesthetic balance in equal measure


By using intense but controlled compound and isolation moves to place the muscle under tension for longer, ultimately promoting greater hypertrophy


Shoulders like boulders Bodybuilder and personal trainer Ben Rowe walks us through his sleeve-splitting arm workout If you’ve been following these pages in recent issues, you’ll have realised that we’ve been busy assembling some of the best trainers across the land to provide you with the ultimate in body-split training. This month, UKBFF bodybuilder and coach Ben Rowe returns to us with a workout for two of the most overlooked sets of muscles on the body: shoulders and triceps. Ben’s technique is to hit all three heads of the delts (front, side and rear) with a variety of movements, before focusing on the three heads of the triceps simultaneously with just two press and push down exercises that will fully tire the muscles out.

As this session is relatively short (it can be done in 40 minutes or less), you must control both the concentric phase (the shortening of the muscle) and eccentric phase (the lengthening of the muscle) carefully. The concentric movement should be executed with explosive force (in one second), while the eccentric phase in a controlled fashion (three seconds). The magic happens in the eccentric phase, so keeping the muscle under tension for longer will increase metabolic stress and effective hypertrophy. Be sure to warm up with some dynamic stretching of the shoulders with some light rotator cuff moves (ie external cable rotations), and finish the workout with some static stretching afterwards.


TECHNIQUE Holding a dumbbell in each hand, bend knees and lean forward until back and neck are horizontal. Keeping elbows bent, raise arms until elbows are above shoulder height. 8-12 REPS // 90 SECS REST // 3 SETS


Big moves are the best way for big delts, but make sure you’re hitting all parts of the muscle. Warm up suitably beforehand, with a couple high-rep, low-weight sets that don’t hit failure. Maintain a timing pattern of 1-0-3-0-1 through the concentric and eccentric phases, respectively




TECHNIQUE Rather than doing a shoulder press with a overhand grip, use a Viking machine for a neutral gripped press. With one foot in front of the other, push the levers until arms are fully extended.

TECHNIQUE Stand holding a barbell with a grip at shoulder-width, and at a dead hang. Pull the bar to the neck with elbows pointing outwards and the wrists flexing at the top of the movement.

TECHNIQUE Sit on the machine seat, keeping your back and neck straight. Place the uppers of your arms under the pads and push them upwards simultaneously until they are parallel with the ground.


10-12 REPS // 90 SECS REST // 3 SETS

10-15 REPS // 90 SECS REST // 3 SETS



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Both these exercises will hit all the triceps’ muscle heads, and build muscle and mass equally. Maintain a timing pattern of 1-0-3-0-1 for the eccentric and concentric phases, respectively




How they can maximise your gains



TECHNIQUE Hang from a neutral-gripped chin-up bar with your arms fully extended, and your legs tucked into your abdomen. Raise your legs into the crunch slowly, then release back to starting position.

TECHNIQUE Stand close to the pulley and take hold of the bar with a narrow, overhand grip, then push the bar directly down until your forearms are as close to vertical as possible.


10-20 REPS // 90 SECS REST // 3 SETS

Rest-pause sets can be a fantastic method for increasing muscular hypertrophy by encouraging muscular failure with low volume and high intensity. A rest-pause set is one prolonged set with very short breathers mid set. This breaks each single set down into several mini ones. Rest-pause sets allow you to push to failure multiple times using the same weight. The rest between mini sets allows the muscle fibres to recover enough to execute more reps in total. Limit the time between each mini set to ten seconds. In this case you’re only doing one rest-pause set for each delts and triceps phase of the session, as they’re extremely taxing. Nail the first eight to ten reps of that exercise, rest for ten seconds, do another six, rest and so forth.


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A leg workout that WBFF Pro muscle model Alex Davies uses to build strength and muscle mass in equal measure


Because the legs are the foundation of a great body. They’re the largest muscle group in the body, too, and deserve extra attention


Using a mixture of high-load compound movements and lighter load isolation exercises that target all muscles in the legs


Pillars of strength


WBFF Pro muscle model Alex Davies gives us his leg workout that will leave you wobbling for days The real foundations of a great physique are in the legs. Not only do they keep you upright, but they help to generate power in any lift you execute. WBFF Pro muscle model Alex Davies has a great set of pins, as you’d expect. He trains them twice a week and focuses on building both strength as well as mass by combining heavy compound moves with lighter isolation work. This is a sample of one of his favourite leg workouts, where every main muscle group in the legs – the quads, glutes, hams,

adductors and calves – all get hit in equal measure. He starts the workouts with multi-joint compound moves that use a high-weight, low-rep range. This stresses the central nervous system, promoting an increase in strength and hypertrophy. The workout is finished with high-rep, low-weight isolation moves, which encourages maximum muscle breakdown and ultimately growth. The protocol to this workout uses pyramid sets, which see you reduce the number of reps after each set. Keep the weight the same, and rest in between sets. Start the workout with two sets of squats at 15 reps of a light weight.


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Stacked Big, meaty exercises such as these should form the basis of strength and mass training. You need to use serious weight with a low rep range to shock your CNS and increase natural testosterone levels



TECHNIQUE Start with a barbell racked across your shoulders with your legs shoulder-width apart and feet facing slightly outwards. Squat down slowly, until your bottom goes past parallel with your thighs. Drive through the heel back into the standing position for one rep.

TECHNIQUE Start with a barbell at a dead hang, standing upright with feet shoulderwidth apart. Slowly bend forward, lowering the barbell down your shins until you feel the strain in your hamstrings. Rise back up for one rep. 12, 10, 8 REPS // 60 SECS REST // 3 SETS


12, 10, 8 REPS // 60 SECS REST // 3 SETS



TECHNIQUE Hold dumbbells. Take lunging step forward until your rear knee touches the floor. Keep back, shoulders and neck straight.

TECHNIQUE Seated in the leg press machine, unlock the docking lever and push the weighted sled upwards until the legs are fully extended. Return the weight back, allowing near full flexion in the knee for one rep.

20 REPS // 60 SECS REST // 4 SETS

30, 20, 10 REPS // 60 SECS REST // 3 SETS


Isolation exercises will hone in on particular groups of the muscle and stress them further for greater hypertrophy – use a lighter weight but higher rep range for maximum effectiveness




TECHNIQUE Seated, place legs under padded lever above the knee and keep extended. Lower lever until shin passes perpendicular with the thigh.

TECHNIQUE Seated, take hold of handles and place legs under padded lever above the ankles. Push up until the legs are fully straight. Lower for one rep.

TECHNIQUE Stand on tip-toes on edge of a Smith machine. Rack a light barbell across your back and take it off. Push up onto your tiptoes and down.

20, 15, 10, 8 REPS // 60 SECS

20, 15, 10, 8 REPS // 60 SECS

20 REPS // 60 SECS REST //




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Tickling your fancy


Win with Wicksy Joe Wicks returns with three healthy recipes from his new book, Lean In 15: The Sustain Plan STRAIGHT-UP STEAK WITH BLUE MUSHROOMS If you’re looking for a low-carb option that’s packs a punch, look no further than this steak with blue cheese recipe. At the centre is a delicious sirloin with a large Portobello mushroom accompaniment, which has been covered in blue cheese. It’s solid big boy option, especially if you’re looking to keep your protein intake high, while your fat and carb intake remain relatively low. Best of all, it takes less than ten minutes to cook.



Preheat a griddle pan over a high heat and preheat your grill to maximum. Remove the mushroom stalks and discard. Season the steak and mushrooms with a little salt and pepper.


When the griddle is hot, carefully lay the mushrooms skin side down in the pan, followed by the steak. Cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes on one side only and remove.


While the steak is cooking, break the blue cheese into a bowl, drop in the mascarpone and the chives. Beat together until smooth, then press the mixture into the gilled side of the mushrooms. Place the mushrooms cheese side up, on a baking tray along with the tomatoes.



Cook the steak for 4 minutes on each side for medium rare. Transfer the steak to a plate and keep it warm until you’re ready to eat.

Grill the vegetables for about six minutes, or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling up. It doesn’t matter how you serve this one – just get all the ingredients onto a plate, chuck on a handful of watercress to freshen things up, and get stuck in.









INGREDIENTS (serves 1)

2 Portobello mushrooms 1 x 240g sirloin steak Salt and pepper 20g blue cheese (I like to use Roquefort) 20g mascarpone Small handful of chives, finely chopped 4 cherry tomatoes on the vine Large handful of watercress, to serve


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Stacked as vitamins and minerals – all without a luminous sauce in sight. Ingredients: (serves 1) 2 tsp coconut oil 3 spring onions, finely sliced 2cm ginger, finely chopped 1 x 240g skinless chicken breast fillet, sliced into 1cm strips 50g spring greens, stalks removed and leaves shredded 250g pre-cooked brown rice 75g fresh or tinned pineapple chunks 1 tbsp light soy sauce 2 tsp sesame oil Handful of coriander, roughly chopped Small handful of beansprouts Method: 1. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan or wok over a high heat. Chuck in the spring onions, ginger and chicken and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, by which time the chicken should be lightly browned and almost cooked.

BASHED LAMB WITH RED PEPPER MAYO We’d be telling you lies if we said lamb tenderloin was a safe, versatile option; it can dry out pretty quick, and there are better cuts to use for different dishes. But, you can bring this humble cut to life by bashing it down, sautéing it in butter, and garnishing it with a homemade(ish) mayo that has a bit of a kick. Ingredients: (serves 1) 2 x 120g lamb tenderloins 1 tsp butter Salt and pepper 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves only, finely chopped 2 sage leaves, finely sliced 30g mayonnaise 2 jarred red peppers, drained and roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped Big handful of rocket 20g whole almonds Juice of one lemon, to serve

a blender and blitz until smooth. 4. When the lamb is cooked, remove and dab with kitchen roll to absorb some of the fat. Arrange the steaks on your plate, top with the rocket and almonds and then drizzle over the mayonnaise. Serve up with a squeeze of lemon.

CHICKEN & PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE Forget calling in a Chinese from your local and get to work knocking up this little chicken and pineapple fried rice number. There’s a great balance of protein, healthy fats, complex and fibrous carbs, as well

2. Add the spring greens and toss together with the rest of the ingredients. Continue stir-frying for 1 minute then add the rice, crumbling it between your fingers as you drop it in, followed swiftly by 2 tablespoons of water, which will steam up to help warm through and separate the rice as well as finish the cooking of both the chicken and greens. 3. Keep stir-frying until you are happy the chicken is fully cooked and the rice is hot. Check the chicken is cooked by slicing into one of the larger pieces to make sure there are no raw pink bits left. 4. Turn off the heat and add the pineapple chunks, soy sauce, sesame oil and coriander. Toss the whole lot together, then pile it high on a plate. Finish with a nice pile of crunchy beansprouts.

Method: 1. Place the lamb between two pieces of cling film or baking parchment on a chopping board. Using a rolling pin, meat mallet or any other blunt instrument, bash the meat until each piece is about 1cm thick. Make sure the loin is turned cutside up so you’re bashing down into the grain. 2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and, when the butter is bubbling, add the herbs and cook for a few seconds, then gently lay the pork steaks in the pan. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through – you can check this by slicing into a thick part of the meat to make sure there is no pink left. 3. While the lamb is cooking, place the mayo, red peppers and garlic in

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James Collins

This month the top nutritionist helps you assess what’s important to focus on when you’re preparing your body for nutritional success

IT’S FEBRUARY AND THANK goodness we’re passed the yearly circus of “New Year, New You”, followed by tales of ‘detox’. What doesn’t change, however, is the daily media outpouring of conflicting information for quick hits and surreptitious advertising, dressed as balanced journalism. In this column, I’m going to give you what I give to my elite level performers – the tools to cut through this noise. That way, you can support yourself no matter how demanding your schedule may be or what your goals are. The key message behind performance nutrition is to eat in a more structured way to get the best out of your body. It promotes a positive food ethos – enjoying a social life, not hibernating – and this is fundamental for improving your body. The first thing I really stress with my clients is how to think about nutrition and your body. We are exposed to so much information from our friends, partners, personal trainers and other experts, that the answer we’re looking for becomes hazy. I ask you to ask yourself, what do you specifically want to achieve? Here are the first four stages you need to consider for better understanding of how to shape your nutrition to match your goals.

2. THE INDIVIDUAL Everyone has a very different body and physiology beneath the skin, which determines our metabolism, fat storage, and how we produce energy during our training. Lifestyles are often completely different, too, and can dictate when you eat or train. Gauge your lifestyle, and you’ll understand how flexible you can be with your diet and exercise. It’s important to get some baseline information before you start a programme. An accurate body composition (measure of body fat and lean mass) is a valuable tool to assess progress (rather than just weight) and as a motivational tool. Also a fitness test, although painful at the start, will highlight your progress. 3. THE ACTIVITY Is your training programme sufficient? One of the most common problems is a client trying to achieve too much, too soon. Training seven days a week with no recovery will exhaust you after a month. Make time to achieve your goal and plan your training sessions in advance, then commit to them.

Your body requires different types of fuel depending on the different workouts. Altering your diet to suit your levels of activity is crucial. Longer workdays or harder training days require more fuel – that means being clever with carbs, not avoiding them! 4. MIND & BODY Those who spend time understanding their body and how it responds to different foods always get the most from performance nutrition. There’s a degree of problem solving to find out what suits your body – the static meal plan has become extinct. We hear a lot about planning and preparation – less so about the power of reflection. I encourage clients to protect 15 minutes each week to do this. My Olympic athletes used to keep a training diary where they would write down how they are feeling each day – energy levels, sleep quality, appetite – as the memory blurs over time. It’s important to look back and really understand when your body has been in sync. Next month, we will be exploring how to fuel your body for different types of training.

1. THE GOAL As soon as there’s a goal, you can structure your nutrition. I encourage clients to be specific about their targets. ‘Get leaner and get rid of body fat’, ‘maintain energy levels during training’ and ‘stay well during travel and demanding work schedules’ are some of the most common, and each requires a different emphasis to a client’s nutrition programme. Decide what your realistic aim is and you’re in the driving seat.



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Sonny Webster The Team GB weightlifter wrote his university dissertation on caffeine, and knows all about the nutrition he needs


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2 Looking mint When I get up in the morning, I’m tired and I just want to get to the gym, so I needed to find something that was quick and easy to make but had everything I needed to start the day. Buff Box used to send me a pouch of oats, flax seed, goji berries, various nuts and wheatgrass, so I started mixing that up myself but also adding in pre and pro-biotics, colostrum, almond milk, Skyr yoghurt, peanut butter, and whey protein. Before that, I was eating five times a day and losing weight. Don’t get me wrong, I looked mint, but I wasn’t trying to be a bodybuilder. I’m an athlete and I had to find a better balance so I wasn’t losing weight.


5 Six cups of joe Before my big evening workout, I will have quite a large amount of caffeine. It’ll be things like beta alanine and amino acids with 600mg of caffeine. Two cups of coffee is about 200mg, so it’s the equivalent of about six cups of coffee. I did my dissertation on caffeine, and I found 6-8mg of caffeine per kilo of bodyweight works best for strength and power sports.


6 Plenty of protein There’s always a 750g pack of lean steak mince in the fridge, along with six or eight chicken breasts and a few pieces of fish. I tend to like salmon. Then there will be some mozzarella balls and chorizo, which I snack on.

7 Love to Skyr It’s quite a healthy fridge; there’s spinach, kale, beetroot, ginger and broccoli in there, plus blueberries for my shake in the morning. And there’s usually some hummus for pitta bread, too. And Skyr yoghurt is one of the best things ever; the strawberry ones and the plain ones. I do have a bit of a sweet tooth, though, so I’ve always got some dark chocolate in there.

3 Sunday in the kitchen On a Sunday, I do a big cook up, then I’ve got all my food ready for the week. I’ll cook a turkey Bolognese, which I make with turkey mince, chopped Lean in 15 tomato, onions, peppers, and loads of Some people don’t like Joe Wicks other diced vegetables to bulk it up. because he’s quirky, but we’ve been I also make chicken fajitas, or using his Lean In 15 recipe I’ll do a beef chilli in the book. He gives people slow cooker overnight with simple things to make in 15 ANYTHING ELSE? lentils and chickpeas. My minutes. The majority of chilli has loads of turmeric 2 the time people don’t cook and loads of chilli powder for themselves because because I like quite hot it’s going to take too long. food, plus a couple of cubes of dark chocolate in Treat days there and a bit of cocoa In your diet plan, there’s powder. Just by making got to be some moderation those three meals, I can and treat days. On a do my prep for the week Thursday and a Sunday, in about four hours and I eat what I want. If your for less than $75. mates say to you, “do you 4 4 Amino acids fancy going out for dinner tonight?” and you say Amino acids are one of the “I can’t because I’ve most beneficial things for counted my macros and me while training. They can only have 200 calories prevent muscle breakdown for dinner,” it’s just not and speed up repair. worth it in the grand I’ll also have a load of scheme of things. vitamins in the morning




too – things like omega 3s, vitamin D and C. Also, vitamin E and arginine. When you get to the top level, you’re looking for the small gains of maybe half a per cent that can make the difference between first and second.

“When I moved up from 77kg, I was eating 30 eggs and two chickens a day!”



1 Weight gain I aim to get in roughly 5,500 calories a day to maintain my bodyweight at 94kg. When I moved up from 77kg, I was eating 30 eggs and two chickens a day – around 10,000 calories a day. I wasn’t overly fussed about the quality of food. Then a company called Buff Box started doing meal plans for me. I learnt a lot from that because I was eating nowhere near as much as I needed. I’ve gone back to prepping all my own food again now, though.



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It took Andy Murray 11 years and 798 matches to achieve the world number one ranking. Now having secured a place in the history books he is determined not to relinquish top spot without a fight. Words Adrian Back


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“I’VE WORKED HARD MY WHOLE CAREER TO BE THE BEST.” It was at the tender age of 6 that Andrew Murray earned his first headline in a national newspaper. The tennis prodigy had just defeated an opponent five years his senior and was now the youngest player to ever win a match in a Scottish ranking tournament. From that moment on there was a weight of expectation placed on the shoulders of the younger Murray. While brother Jamie demonstrated promise with racket in hand, it was clear from an early age that Andrew had the drive, determination and ability to become one of the best in the world. Now, Murray, who prefers the far less formal Andy, can proudly lay claim to having fulfilled his promise. After some eleven years and 798 matches as a professional, the Scot conquered the mountain as he finally claimed the title of world number one. It had been a long journey, but one made all the sweeter given the calibre of players that have graced men’s tennis over the past decade. Despite winning three Grand Slams, 41 Tour titles and two Olympic gold medals, Murray could be forgiven for feeling he could have accomplished much more at this stage of his career. For had he not played in an era with Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic -three players whose place in history is assured - surely he would have won more? “Not at all, I feel incredibly lucky to play in this era of tennis,” says Murray. “A lot of people have asked me if I wished I’d played at a different time, so I could have potentially won more slams, but I like to look at it another way. “Roger, Rafa and Novak will go down as three of the best players in the history of tennis, so to have competed against them for my entire career makes the wins even sweeter, but it also made me raise my

game and consistently improve. I still feel like I can improve though, so I think our rivalries will continue for a while yet, I hope so anyway.” The trio certainly appear to have helped Murray reach new heights. It was back in 2009 that he first reached number two in the world, but it would take seven further years of hard graft to reach the pinnacle. Many players would have merely settled for their place as a contender when faced with the firepower or Rafa, Roger and Novak, but not the man from Dunblane. Murray has always possessed a quiet, yet fierce determination. There is no room for complacency, instead he strives for perfection and has been willing to make numerous sacrifices in order to become the best he can possibly be. A lover of the fight game, he has echoed the mantra of one of his favourite fighters, Floyd Mayweather, who proved that ‘hard work and dedication’ can go a very long way. “I’ve worked incredibly hard my entire career towards becoming the best player in the world and to finally reach that pinnacle is a huge achievement for me and my team,” says Murray. “It obviously means a lot to me. “But one thing I think which really helped was that because of the era of tennis I have played in, it was difficult for me to fixate on the number one spot, the consistency of some of the other guys that have held the top spot meant for a long time I was so far off, I didn’t feel like

Murray enjoyed an incredible 2016, winning numerous ATP Tour titles as well as a second Wimbledon title and retaining his Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro

I needed to focus on it. “I just made sure that I prepared myself as best I could for every tournament I played. My results were really consistent in 2016, especially in the second half of the year.” It was that consistently that ultimately saw Murray usurp his long-time rival, and good friend, Novak Djokovic as the leading player in men’s tennis. Having won a second Wimbledon title and thrilled his fans on ‘Murray Mound’, he would then make history by defending his Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro. Then in November of 2016 he would finally end Djokovic’s reign of 122 consecutive weeks as number one. As if to prove he belonged at the summit, Murray would go on to win the Paris Masters and defeat the Serbian in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals. It capped a dream year, but there was no huge celebration. Instead in typically understated fashion Andy would spend time with his family as he reflected on an incredible journey to the top. “2016 was incredible, and thankfully my team made sure I was able to take about 10 days off at the end of the season to rest and recuperate, and to also just enjoy the moment,” explains recently knighted Murray. “My father got married shortly after the season finished, so it was nice for me to be able to go up to Scotland and celebrate that, it was a really good time for me to just relax, unwind and savour the season. “It’s been an incredible journey over the last few years to get to this point. Winning Wimbledon is always special, so to be able to do that again last year and then to go and successfully defend my Olympic title, was very special feeling. It gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year, and I’m proud looking back, at how I achieved the number one spot, it was a special time in my career and not one I’ll forget in a hurry!” Being able to celebrate with his family means a lot to Murray who has always maintained a close relationship with his tennis-loving parents. William and Judy, who separated when the Murray brothers were yet to reach their teens, always encouraged their two sons to embrace the sport they adored, and despite how the media would sometimes portray Judy, she was far from a pushy mum. In his autobiography Coming of Age, Andy said: “I never got pushed into playing tennis, which was good of my parents because they could see I had talent. Mum and Dad always said to me, ‘As long as you’re happy, that’s the most important thing. As long as you are


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doing something’.” While dad William tends to lend his support from afar, Judy remains a key figure thanks to her role within the sport. She is pushing for the Scottish government to invest more heavily in grass roots tennis and is always on hand to speak to her youngest son. Judy is determined to find the next generation of British tennis talent, but for Andy his focus is on the present and maintaining his place at the very top. “At the end of every year I always sit down with my team and we assess how the year has gone and then work out what exactly it is we want to achieve the next year,” says the always focused Murray. “I’m going to continue making sure I prepare myself as best I can for every tournament I play. However, I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that I would love to win French Open, I’ve come close the last few years, so it would be great to win in Paris.” Before Murray heads to Roland Garros and attempts to conquer the iconic red-clay courts, he will be back in Dubai seeking to win another trophy that has avoided his grasp. Despite regularly playing in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the 29-year-old has yet to have a reason to celebrate in the Irish Village. He has a solitary appearance in a final back in 2012 when he lost in straight sets to Roger Federer, but now is more determined that ever to win the longstanding event in order to show the chasing pack he he is determined to remain number one for a very long time. “I think you only have to look at the other guys who have held the top spot to recognise that consistency plays a huge part in ensuring you keep the top spot for as long as possible,” says Murray, just days after the disappointment of an early exit in the Australian Open. “Some of the guys that have held it before me have been on record breaking win streaks, or have consistently made the later stage of every tournament they have played in. It’s also important not to get complacent when you’re at the top. The ATP world tour is so competitive now, anyone can beat anyone, so you have to make sure you’re prepared for every single match.” It is a new challenge for Murray. For the first time in his career he is the man being chased. Federer and Nadal proved in Melbourne that they still have the hunger to return to the summit, while Djokovic

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BATTLING THE BEST How Murray has faired against Rafa, Roger and Novak

Novak Djokovic

Hard work being done off the court

“I feel incredibly lucky to play in this era of tennis.” at 29 is equally capable of rediscovering the form that made him near untouchable for two years. There also finally appears to be a young crop of players with the determination and talent to challenge for major glory. Germany’s Alexander Zverev, 19, is being tipped to challenge the established elite, while Dominic Thiem has climbed into the world’s top 10 after winning four tour titles in 2016. There is also a belief amongst many that Nick Kyrgois has the tools to become a multiple Grand Slam champion if he can learn to focus and give his full attention to his career on the court. Murray is a firm supporter of Kyrgios and after thrashing the mercurial talent in straight sets at Wimbledon last year had some words of advice for the outspoken Australian. “It’s about finding the right people to help you with different things. For some, it may be a coach, for some, it might be a psychologist. Sometimes it might be speaking to family about stuff. There’s not one way of tackling it,” advised Murray. “But if you want to continue to get better, then you speak and listen to as many people as you can and take on-board the things you think will help you. But everyone’s different in terms of how they improve and address their problems.”

Murray is one of Kyrgios’ few allies in the locker room and is the perfect example to the younger generation of what can be achieved when you dedicate yourself fully to tennis. Despite turning 30 later this year he believes his game is more complete than it ever has been before. And that means his rivals in Dubai had better be prepared for a serious battle. “I’m in a good place with my tennis just now, I’m probably playing some of the best tennis in my career and that’s a great feeling, however I don’t like to look too far ahead. “I’ll just make sure I do the right preparation before playing in Dubai, and try my best and hopefully at the end of the week I’ll have my hands on the trophy – that’s the plan anyway!” It may have taken 12 years for Murray to earn his place in the history books as just the 26th player to reach the coveted number one ranking since 1973, but that does not mean he is ready to put his feet up and relax. Ever the perfectionist and always striving for more, anyone trying to dethrone Murray will be in for a long-hard battle. For there is a reason that Andrew Murray was making headlines 23 years ago, he is a supreme talent who never stops working on his game. A truly lethal combination that.

The Serb is exactly one week younger than Murray and has played the Scot throughout his amateur and pro career. Novak holds the advantage with 25 wins from 36 matches, including in five slam finals. But Murray did beat him to win the US Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon in 2013.

Rafa Nadal For much of their careers it has been the Spaniard coming out on top. Nadal has 17 wins, while Murray has just seven tvictories. However, Andy has been getting the better of the king of clay of late, beating him in the Madrid Open final in 2015 and the semi-finals one year later.

Roger Federer He may be the greatest of all time, but Federer has often struggled against Murray. The Swiss ace beat him in two major finals, the US Open in 2008 and Wimbledon in 2012, but Murray has won 44 percent of their matches. An impressive record against an 18-time slam winner.

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David Haye is a boxing icon forging an incredible route back to the biggest of big times. But has he ever really been away? Photographer Hamish Brown Words Thomas Theodore / Matt Lizzimore


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David Haye sits in the barber’s chair in a photography studio in an arch underneath the railway in Brixton, south London. His attempts to respond to our questions on his upcoming fight with Tony Bellew are punctuated by efforts to neaten his beard, or equally pressing inquiries regarding collar size and sleeve length. We pause while asking our third question as a train rumbles overhead, drowning out the low buzz of the clippers, the upbeat natter of the stylists. The idea to run the interview throughout the course of the day shooting isn’t going to plan; how can he possibly give focused answers under these conditions? “Don’t worry,” says Haye, with assuredness. “I’ve spent three hours a day in a railway arch since I was ten; I don’t even hear it anymore.” Haye is 36 now, but he knew he wanted to be heavyweight champion of the world from a very early age. “I knew way, way before I started boxing; my parents are both big boxing fans. Whenever there was a big boxing

match on, the whole family used to come together. It was probably when I was about three, that I said I wanted to be the heavyweight champion. Because I saw that the heavyweight championship was the biggest prize in sport. Who was the biggest, most impressive human being in the world? In my house it was Muhammad Ali: my parents were big Ali fans. What did Muhammad Ali do? He was heavyweight champion of the world. So I want to be the heavyweight champion of the world. Simple as that.” Haye had to wait another seven years before his first trip to a boxing gym, the esteemed Fitzroy Lodge, in a railway arch not far from Waterloo station. A natural, he quickly earned a reputation as a big puncher. “I had no skill whatsoever,” he says, of his early, unrefined fighting style. “I could punch really hard, I just had terrible timing. I didn’t know how to get it to them like just wing, wing, wing,” he says, throwing punches and forcing the barber to briefly halt his clipping. “I knocked out probably 90 per cent

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of my opponents. That doesn’t really happen in amateurs. My first five fights were first round knockouts, for a little 11-year-old kid that doesn’t really happen, that’s not the normal thing.” After rising through the ranks as an amateur during the late 1990s, Haye expected to turn pro after becoming an Olympian at Sydney 2000. But he was overlooked by the GB selectors who instead opted to take East London rival Courtney Fry at heavyweight – a fighter Haye had knocked out the previous year – and eventual Super Heavyweight gold medallist Audley Harrison, who Haye had to wait ten years to humiliate in an absurd mismatch. “I used to beat up Audley Harrison in sparring back then. When you watch the Olympics, it’s not always the best people in the country there. There’s a lot of politics involved: who knows what selector and whatnot. It was always my dream to win the Olympics, but it didn’t happen.”


ot that Haye is bitter about this. He’s subsequently achieved too much as a professional to be hung up about it. But with an Olympic gold to his name, Haye’s career might have panned out very differently. Upon winning gold, Harrison turned pro, signing a lucrative deal with British broadcaster the BBC to televise the first two years of his ultimately underwhelming career. Athens 2004 firmly placed Amir Khan in the public consciousness. Matchroom Boxing are the promotions company who gobbled up the majority of the successful boxers who fought at London 2012. The largest jewel in the Matchroom crown being Anthony Joshua, the super heavyweight Olympic champion fast tracked to the top of the pro sport. By comparison, Haye came the long way round. Before the big pay-per-view fights against Wladimir Klitschko and Nikolai Valuev his 30-fight career took him to leisure centres in Bracknell, Altrincham, Rotherham, Huddersfield: corners of England far less well known. As a result Haye is battle hardened and, though he barely has a scar to show for it, he knows the ropes. Haye re-enters British boxing amid its finest ever age. Today, both financially and in terms of talent, the sport has never been in such a healthy state. But his own era was leaner on talent; besides Haye, British boxing’s only stand out performers were Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton. It was a period where

public demand for boxing was lower, and boxers like Haye had to work far harder in order to sell their own fights.


oday, besides punching hard, Haye has another natural talent: selling himself. You have to cut him off mid interview, he constantly speaks like an entrepreneur; everything’s an elevator pitch. He’s a walking quote machine who innately knows how to generate tabloid headlines, with sentences like, “I’m going to absolutely destroy him, punish him, smash him to bits. It’s going to be pretty brutal while it lasts,” to talk up his fight with Tony Bellew. You know he believes it, but you also know he knows he’s saying something headline worthy. There’s limited space for headlines, and Haye wants to fill them all. “It doesn’t take that much nowadays to get headlines,” he confirms. “For instance, I saw the press conference with Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko and I was unimpressed by the love these guys were showing each other, they’re supposed to be fighting each

ducking this guy?’ And If I say this guy is ducking this guy then everyone knows, ‘Ahh that’s what David thinks.’ Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t; it’s just what I am saying and a lot of people are talking a lot and using social media a lot. People don’t actually want to be that informed.” Cynical perhaps, but probably accurate. The longer we spend speaking to Haye, the more we get the sense that he just knows how the game works. When a shoulder injury forced Haye to take his second extended period away from the sport following his victory over Dereck Chisora in 2012, he got together with a PR team. Together they agreed that if Haye was going to retain any significance, he’d need to remain in the public eye. Whether he was going to one day return to the world of boxing, or retire to a life of celebrity, the challenge was entirely the same: in a noisy world of ever decreasing attention spans, he would need to maintain the currency of profile. “Who’s hot one day is forgotten the next, and I didn’t want that to be the case with me,” says Haye. “I wanted to make sure that when I did make a

I’m going to absolutely destroy him, punish him, smash him to bits. It’s going to be brutal other! It’s not really what I want to see. “I had to switch it off, I got bored half way through, it was making me sick. It was making me cringe so I turned it off and wrote a tweet saying exactly what I thought about it. “The next thing you know, it’s in the newspaper and The Sun have made a big story of it, and then Tony Bellew pitched in and gave me some stick, and it dragged on…”


aye’s into Twitter. Although he was initially reluctant to use it, he’s realised just how important it’s become as a communications tool. “Everything’s changed since I was the heavyweight champion. Social media is so much more dominant now, and people really rely on it to get information, whether it’s wrong or right people just want small soundbites. People are not really interested in the full scope of any story, they just want to know, ‘is this guy

comeback, I wasn’t a forgotten fighter; that people still knew who I was. “So I went on pretty much every single television show in the UK. I was on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, for three weeks, and 12 million people watched that every day. “Then I did the talkshows like Jonathan Ross, Chatty Man, and quiz shows like Catchphrase, Would I Lie To You, all of these things kept me in the public eye, so when it was time to make my comeback, I wasn’t a forgotten guy. “We announced the fight and it sold out, we got record numbers on television for both of my comeback fights. Sure they were against modest opposition that nobody’s heard of, but people tuned in. “It was on Dave – the comedy channel that’d never done any live boxing – but they took a chance and only started advertising it the week before; three and a half million people tuned in. When you compare that to 300,000 people who watched Anthony Joshua, that shows how much support there was. Those numbers


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nthony Joshua is beginning to be a recurring theme throughout this interview, and it’s apparent that a fight with the undefeated IBF World Heavyweight Champion is the one you sense Haye is really after. “I think that’s the one that would really get people excited. But he’s obviously got to get through Wladimir Klitschko first. He’s fighting a 41-yearold who hasn’t fought in two years come that fight. So I think that would be a fun fight, myself and him, I’d like that and the fans seem to want it too. “He has a big fanbase, so do I. He actually started boxing after I was world champion [laughs] so I’ve got a bit of experience on him: a lot of experience on him. I don’t think he can make up for that. “He has a physical advantage over me in size, and probably strength, and he’s ten years younger than I am. So he’s got those in his favour. I think it’ll come down to boxing skill and experience. And I don’t think he can make up for

he is, but the only way to prove it is getting in the ring. I believe in 2017 we will see David Haye vs Anthony Joshua.” But as Haye says, Joshua must fight Klitschko, and he himself must fight Tony Bellew on pay-per-view. Bellew’s a world champion cruiserweight, but the fight’s taking place at heavyweight. Much like Haye in the past, Bellew is a fast, ambitious fighter keen to prove he can straddle weight categories. Pre-fight talk has been fierce, so what’s the beef? And where did it come from? “After he won his European title, he was screaming and shouting, branding me ‘The B***h from Bermondsey’ which I thought was a bit of banter, I didn’t really think he was serious about wanting to fight me. I thought he was just saying that to get a bit of cheap publicity. But then he had his world title fight, which I didn’t think he was going to win to be honest, and he won it, so credit where credit is due, he beat someone for a world title. “Then he fought a good friend of mine BJ Flores, who I thought would beat him. For one reason or another that didn’t

I don’t see colour: my mum’s white, my dad’s black. It means I don’t really look at colour that. Although he’s a tremendous physical specimen, it comes down to punch evasion, what happens when I hit him on the chin, how does he react? When he has been caught, the one time he got punched back by Dillian Whyte, he looked very shaky. And since that point, he’s purposefully not been in the ring with anyone who punches back. That’s not going to help him when he gets into a fight with myself. “In the times I’ve been away, Anthony Joshua had his Olympic gold medal, had his whole heavyweight run to becoming a champion and racked up a string of knockout victories. In that time he’s introduced a lot of non-boxing fans to boxing and these people think he’s the best thing since sliced bread. It’s great he’s got a following, a young following. “My fans are a little bit older, a bit more seasoned, they’re not as impressed by Anthony Joshua because he hasn’t actually fought anyone who punches back yet. I’d like to get in a ring with him and show who is the best in Britain. “There are many people who believe

happen. He then really went after me. Kicked that advertising thing at me, and really gave me some abuse, some mad abuse. “So I thought to myself, alright. I had a look on social media to see what the general vibe of what the fans thought of the fight, and they all loved it. They were like ‘you’ve got to teach this chump some lessons. You’ve really got to give him some grief.’ So we made it happen. “Unfortunately for him, the fight is done now. All that talking and all that big chat… we’re just weeks away now, so it’s time to get serious.” But why you? Why’s he so mad at you? “I just don’t think he likes me. Maybe it’s because I’ve achieved more than he did in his career. And I generate a lot of interest, a lot of money, a lot of headlines, and he hasn’t. So maybe he’s just a bit jealous of that. So that’s probably what it is to be honest.” While Haye is fairly short in his judgement that Bellew is jealous, you get the feeling he’s playing slightly coy. After all, this is a man who grabbed headlines

in the latter half of his career playing provocateur on more than one occasion, and is not scared of using his mouth as a potential deal maker. Hark back to Dereck Chisora’s post-fight press conference with Vitali Klitschko in February 2012, when all hell broke loose. Haye was in attendance after Chisora had lost a unanimous decision to Klitschko, and was determined to use it as a platform to challenge a fight-weary Klitschko. While Haye’s mischief was initially aimed at Klitschko, barbs were soon exchanged with Chisora, with fists shortly following. Haye walked away from that Munich conference hall with a blockbuster match-up against the north Londoner in the bag, and a win that would also send him prematurely into retirement. Similarly, in the build up to his fight with Vitali’s brother, Wladimir, he went as far as to wear a T-shirt depicting the severed heads of the Ukrainian brothers. Such mischief is a part of the syntax in a fight’s timeline. It’s probably not too much of a push to imagine the enmity between Bellew and Haye is one-sided, and Haye is letting Bellew do his thing as he knows that’s what’s going to make both men money. This isn’t to say Haye isn’t taking the threat of the smaller man seriously; he too has been in that position and knows that it could be curtains on his career proper, if Bellew were to win.


ince his comeback in 2016, Haye has been working with highly-rated trainer Shane McGuigan, underscoring an unshakeable desire to propel himself to the top. McGuigan is the new wave with a hands-on approach to all aspects of his fighters’ training. While it’s clear Haye is the one who ultimately calls the shots in his career on a bigger level, McGuigan will micro-manage all aspects of his training to a level Haye hasn’t experienced since he was a young pro under the stewardship of Adam Booth. The fact Haye is putting so much faith into a far less experienced trainer in McGuigan, shows he’s sincere about his ambitions on returning to the sport’s highest levels. The desire is there, as is an unwavering belief he will beat Bellew. So, how does Haye see it playing out? “It plays out however I choose to. I’m thinking about really punishing this guy. I could go in and put him out of his misery in the first 20 seconds, but I want to give people value for money, so I


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BOX FRESH might want to slowly break him down, and humiliate him with skills, I don’t wanna have to use brute strength and force. I’m strong, and I know I’m strong, I know I punch hard. But if I go out there and outskill him in every department, I think that’d be a bit of a statement. “I have longer arms than he has, I punch faster than him, and I punch harder than him. I’ve got a better defence, a better punch variety. I was a much better amateur and I’m a more accomplished pro. I don’t think there’s anything he does, in any way, shape or form that can counteract my strengths.”


t’s all kind of working out for Haye. When we spoke to him 12 months ago it was unclear, besides a final few paydays, if he had any route back to the biggest of big times. Through sheer force of will, he has forged a realistic path back to the very top. If he beats Bellew, and AJ beats an ageing Klitschko then the two fighters are on a massive find-somewhere-biggerthan-Wembley collision course. Having unified cruiserweight titles, stepped up to heavyweight and won a world title, Haye has little to lose. Win and he can claim he straddled eras as the dominant fighter. If he gets beaten up, well, Joshua is entering his peak years,

heavyweight title. People who aren’t even into boxing remember that fight, it was front page news and a massive moment in British sporting history.” “I want to be remembered as the best fighter of my generation. A fighter who fought people who were a lot bigger than himself and through skill and schooling I always managed to find a way as an underdog. I wasn’t the biggest cruiserweight in the world but I managed to find a way to tackle the biggest heavyweight in the history of boxing. I weighed 100lb less than him and went straight to the biggest fight in sport and achieved my goal. That’s it. That’s the David and Goliath story that everyone’s got, whatever their ‘Goliath’ is, whether it’s a job or a car or a goal that seems unobtainable. Well if I can do it, through hard work and sheer will, it’s proof that anyone can do anything.” The prospect of a Joshua vs Haye fight is pretty irresistible. Off the back of his Olympic victory Joshua’s been billed as a people’s champion, a London fighter. AJ has made the O2 in Greenwich his unofficial home venue. Truth be told, Joshua hails from suburban north London. Haye, on the other hand, grew up a little under 2km from the O2 Arena. Haye was born, raised, schooled, trained and still lives nearby, and has witnessed

If you want to do something, don’t be average at it… be the best, whatever that may be and just look at the size of him. What did you expect? Haye feels his legacy as a fighter is already more than secure, and it’s hard to argue against considering he should rightfully be considered Britain’s best ever cruiserweight who held three titles simultaneously, before moving up to heavyweight to face man mountain Valuev for his WBA world heavyweight title a year later. That fight that would strike to the core of the British public’s penchant for a sporting underdog. “I went up to heavyweight and it wasn’t to fight a small or average sized heavyweight, I fought the biggest heavyweight in boxing history, 24 stone. He was a man mountain, so whatever happens in the rest of my career in 50 years time people will say, do you remember that David and Goliath fight? When David Haye beat this giant for the

immeasurable change in the area. “I love south London, I’ve always loved south London, all my family are from south London, all my family reside within a five mile radius so that’s nice. I will always live here but it’s changed, all of the rough areas around Elephant & Castle and Bermondsey it’s all cool little bars. Look at Brixton 20 years ago, Brixton wasn’t that affluent. There wasn’t any cool bars or restaurants. “There’s clearly two sides.” he ruminates, while chewing on a forkful of salad. “It’s different, it’s made it unaffordable for a lot of people who have always lived here, I know a lot of people who run local shops and they’ve been forced out because of the raised rent. The shops that have been there through the hard times, for 30 odd years, are being kicked out and replaced with all these big brands who can afford the rent.

The people who toughed it out, made south London what it is, are being turfed out, and that’s what I don’t like.” Haye doesn’t pretend to be hood, or the product of a tough upbringing. He’s well articulate and comes from a supportive home. He’s the product of a successful mixed marriage and believes the values instilled in him by a white British mother and a black Jamaican father are the reason behind his successes in life. “I’ve got the best of my Caribbean background and the best of my white background. My parents are together and still love each other and have been great role models my whole life. They’ve always worked and they’ve never claimed benefits, and they gave me a great work ethic and taught me that you get out of life whatever you put in. They’re both successful in their own right. I had two sets of grandparents and aunts and uncles. I don’t see colour: my mum’s white, my dad’s black, and it means I don’t really look at colour, maybe if I was from a black family, I might look at white people differently and vice versa, but I definitely feel very balanced in the way I’ve grown up.”


e finish the interview by asking Haye what – out of everything that he’s learned in life – he wants to pass onto his own children. “I’d pretty much echo, or pass on, what my parents said to me: that you can’t expect the goods out of life if you don’t put in the hard work. If you want to do something, don’t be average at it, don’t be better than average, be the best, whatever that may be. If you’re an artist, be the best artist, if you want to scrub toilets, great!” he enthuses. “Be the person who scrubs toilets in world record time. Just be the very best at what you do, and try and enjoy the journey while doing it. When you finally achieve it, whatever it is, you realise that it isn’t really about the achievement, more the journey it took to get there. “After winning my heavyweight title, something I promised my mum when I was three years of age, I finally did it when I was 29. I got the belt and I was like OK, no fireworks went off. I don’t know what I was expecting to happen, it just reminds me that it’s the journey, all the highs, the lows. And it felt good.” Haye vs Bellew takes place on 4 March at The 02 in London

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lex Buisse is the picture guy who reaches places other picture guys can’t. He’s a climber, skier and all-round adventurer, and he’s got the know-how to get a great shot in tricky conditions. And how to get himself in position in the first place. Chamonix Mountain Rescue Service (PGHM) get plenty of requests from journalists wanting to go out with them, but Buisse – who spent four weeks with them recently – had the advantage of being a local and already knowing many of the rescuers through climbing. “They knew I could be autonomous and I knew enough about climbing in the mountains not to put myself in danger,” Buisse explains to FS. “They wouldn’t have to babysit me. And I was really interested to capture the emotion involved in the job rather than just the physical achievement I usually shoot.” And as someone who spends a lot of time shooting climbers, paragliders and other mountain-based sportspeople, he was aware of how easily one of his usual subjects could end up in need of rescue. “The stuff I’m photographing on a daily basis can go wrong,” says Buisse. “You can make mistakes or a rock falls, and there’s no way of predicting where that’s going to happen. You just have to hope you’re not under it when it does.”

With the phyiscal nature of the job, it makes sense that a lot of PGHM’s mountain rescuers are elite athletes, too. “All of them are competent climbers and skiers,” Buisse explains. “And a lot of them are mountain guides, too, which requires five years of training. One guy is among the top mixed climbers in the world; another is a paragliding pilot.” Not that every rescue is a physical slog. In fact, Buisse explains that a lot of them are totally different. Of course, PGHM get the day-to-day callouts of hikers with broken ankles, too – those are the nicer calls, says Buisse, because nobody’s in real danger – but the general type of rescue tends to change with the seasons; in summer, there are more climbers injured by rockfalls, and winter brings dangerous avalanches. “If a person calls in for an avalanche,” Buisse explains, “the mountain rescue team has to come and get them but there’s no guarantee there won’t be a second avalanche on top of the first one.” The avalanches are where Fiji and Burn, the rescue dogs, come in. “They can smell through ten feet of snow and find buried people,” Buisse tells us. “They train for avalanche rescues every day. When they see the helicopter, they know they have have a mission. But it’s all a game to them, and they’re very happy. They love flying in the helicopter.” FSME February 2017 57

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I’ve lost friends, but I haven’t had to collect bodies What’s less enjoyable for PGHM is helping people out of situations that could easily have been avoided with a bit more preparation, and there are plenty of those. “There are a lot of people who have read that climbing Mont Blanc is super easy, so they just start hiking up without any kit,” says Buisse. “You look back at what they did and you think it was bound to end that way. But the job of the Mountain Rescue Service is not to yell at people or teach them how to behave. I’ve seen people accumulate mistake after mistake and also be really unpleasant to the rescue service, and these guys still don’t get angry. “Some of the people who have been injured might have been thinking they were going to die, so everyone reacts differently. They just get them down safely and let them go on their way.” Buisse can sympathise, too, as he’s needed help a couple of times himself. His first came when he was skiing off-piste in Italy and tore his ACL and dislocated his knee; the second when he was on a climb and there was too much avalanche danger. “We could have tried going down,” he explains, “but we would have exposed ourselves to an avalanche. That happens quite a lot, and the rescue service prefers people to call rather than put themselves in danger. It’s easier to rescue someone who isn’t injured.” Spending time with the Chamonix Mountain Rescue Service has shown Buisse what it takes to do the job – and the psychological side of the job is the thing he takes away most. “It takes a willingness to put yourself in danger to help others,” he reflects. “That’s not something everyone can do. Some people quit because of how hard it is to be the one who collects body parts whenever something gruesome happens. “Chamonix is a small community, and people you know die every year. I’ve lost a large number of friends here, but I haven’t collected the bodies. People still tell stories of rescues that happened 20 years ago because they weren’t able to help people in time and that weighs on them. To withstand that and continue to do the job takes a pretty unique person.” 58

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Sylvester Stallone wrote the first draft of the original Rocky script in three days, after watching the unfancied Chuck Wepner go 15 rounds against Muhammad Ali. The film cost $1million to make and earned over $225million at the box office, scooping three Oscars, including the coveted Best Picture award. Once we realised January signalled the 40th anniversary of its 1977 release, we immediately set about trying to compile a list of the greatest sporting films of all time. And after a lot of emails, meetings and fist fights (in the ring, naturally), we finally came up with this illustrious lot. The majority of films mentioned on these pages came after Rocky, and that’s no coincidence. Balboa’s first outing immortalised the slow-motion training montage, helped to popularise the sports movie genre, and convinced Hollywood studio executives that the genre had a serious seat at the top table. Now read on, enjoy our movie journey and watch them afterwards…

HAPPY GILMORE (1996) “Just tap it in, just taaap it in, give it a little tappy, tap tap taparoo,” is one of many quotable lines from Adam Sandler’s best role, as the big-hitting but reluctant golfer who would rather be playing ice hockey.


KINGPIN (1996)

Bill Murray as Ernie McCracken is brilliantly sleazy, and has a combover Trump would be proud of. His rival is Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson), a one-handed former champion bowler. It’s dumb, gross-out, slapstick comedy, but done very well.

TEEN WOLF (1985)

Marty McFly is the hairier-than-usual kid who uses his powers to become star of the school basketball team. Because wolves are notoriously good at sports, right? A classic comedy hit, and Coach Finstock is the greatest PE teacher ever.


Outlandish characters (Bill Murray is in peak bizarre mode), a young hero, a feelgood plot, and a gopher. Forget Happy Gilmore, this was the flick that made golf cool, as a competitive match is made fun by the wacky antics all over the course.


Four working-class lads from a university town in America, led by Dave who is obsessed with Italian cycling, stick it to the posh rich students through the medium of a bicycle race. It’s a tricky sell, admittedly, but it ‘s Oscar-winningly feelgood.


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ROCK Y (1977)

When you’ve got director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro on top of their game, the result is always going to be incredible. Based on the life story of middleweight Jake La Motta, this is often hanging around the top of critics’ polls of the greatest films ever made.

It’s the iconic tale of Rocky Balboa’s quest to be more than “just another bum.” You try not getting emotional after Rocky goes 15 rounds with Apollo Creed and cries out “ADRIAAAAAN!”


Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) proves girls can hit just as hard as boys, despite grizzled trainer Frankie’s (Clint Eastwood) doubts. It’s a story of determination to do that one thing you really want to do, despite the doubters.


The ultimate ‘one last chance to make it’ tale of a boxer who can’t fight because of an injury, but can’t support his family because of America’s Great Depression. Russell Crowe is immense as James J Braddock.


It’s hard to top this documentary’s real-life drama of the Rumble in the Jungle between Ali and Foreman in 1974. A perfect example of why Ali was ‘The Greatest’.

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40 years later, the big man (and his co-stars) still inspire us… “You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!” Mickey Goldmill, Rocky “If I can go that distance and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighbourhood.” Rocky, Rocky “If he dies, he dies” Ivan Drago, Rocky IV


Zlatan may be a blackbelt in taekwondo, but even he can’t hit a screamer into the top corner from the halfway line. Which is what you get if you cross Shaolin kung fu with football, apparently.


It might look like a film about a girl joining Gregory’s football team, Gregory falling for her, and spending a mad evening on a ‘date’ with everyone but her. But it’s actually a really good film about being a teenager and trying to kiss girls.

“It ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” Rocky, Rocky Balboa


A brilliant mockumentary about the challenges a new England manager faces when dealing with players, the media, and expectations of the public. It’s worth a watch for the Benson & Hedges gag alone.


If you like any Ken Loach films (Kes, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, I, Daniel Blake), then get onto this lesser-known classic. Joe manages the most rag-tag bunch of Glaswegian Sunday league footballers imaginable, and struggles with raging alcoholism.

The off-field action takes centre stage, as Michael Sheen does an excellent job replicating the ego of Brian Clough during the six tumultuous weeks he was in charge of Leeds. Watch it, then check out the clips comparing Clough with Sheen – remarkable.

BEST FICTIONAL SPORT In 1975, two films decided that future sports would be all about mauling each other – Rollerball and Death Race 2000 both added brutal elements to their arenas. On the less brutal scale of things, Baseketball (1998) saw two slackers invent a cross between baseball and basketball, but a game in which you’re allowed to trash talk your opponent during their shot. One fictional sport however, has become real. Sort of. Quidditch, from the Harry Potter franchise, is now an actual thing, and 400 people from 21 teams competed in last year’s World Cup in Frankfurt, which was won by Australia.




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ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) Fans of martial arts films get misty-eyed about Bruce Lee, and with good reason. Enter The Dragon isn’t a complicated film – man fights his way through to the big boss – but it showcases Lee’s incredible kung fu skills and athleticism.

THE RAID (2011)

An Indonesian film made by a Welsh director with hardly any special effects – just a team of police storming a tower block full of bad guys who all kick ass at martial arts. The big final fight is breathtaking.


This dropped a lot of jaws when it was released. It made it into our list of top picks by demonstrating that stunt doubles and wire work are no match for a load of actors who know martial arts.


Sand the floor. Wax on, wax off. Daniel and Mr Miyagi became the Yoda and Luke of the martial arts world, as the guru taught the youngster all he knew. Throw in epic fight scenes, and it’s clear that The Karate Kid is the best around.


Jackie Chan aficionados often consider this early ‘comedic kung fu’ flick his best film. A young fighter must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu, which imitates the unpredictable movements of someone who’s had one too many.

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Coach Bombay (Emilio Estevez) takes charge of a rag-tag bunch of ice hockey players and manages to lead them to glory, with Joshua Jackson leading the way. That triple deke still brings a tear…

SLAP SHOT (1977)

The most fun Paul Newman ever had making a movie was on the comedy Slap Shot. And it shows. Set in the world of minor league ice hockey, it follows the fortunes of player/ coach Newman’s team of no-hopers who find a recipe for success: ultra-violence.

MIRACLE (2004)

Kurt Russell plays Team USA (You! Es! Ay!) ice hockey coach Herb Brooks in this stirring, patriotic retelling of the 1980 epic Cold War duel between America and Soviet Russia. Essentially, it’s Rocky IV on ice.


OK, it’s not original – a coach trying to instil some discipline into a loose cannon competitor – but we all want to look as cool as Robert Redford as he slaloms down the slopes. “You ski fast, but you’re reckless.”

COOL RUNNINGS (1993) The scene where they nearly set a blistering time on the final race, only to crash and carry their bobsleigh over the line must melt even the iciest heart. “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time!”

THE SPORTSMEN WHO CAN ACT… In terms of acting ability, Steve McQueen and Eric Cantona lead the way here. We know about the footy career of King Eric, but did you know McQueen raced motorbikes before he got into acting?

For action fans, one man wears the crown, before crushing it between his mighty biceps – Arnold Schwarzenegger. He went from most successful bodybuilder ever to one of the 90s’ biggest box-office

actors to the Governor of California. Beat that. Then there’s the current crop. The Rock’s acting career started slowly (we’re looking at you, Tooth Fairy!), but he’s now Hollywood’s hot thing (Baywatch, Jumanji and

Fast 8 are all on their way this year!). And let’s not forget Terry Crews, ex-NFL linebacker turned Expendable and yoghurt-loving Terence Jeffords in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.


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HOOP DREAMS (1994) Two high school basketball players hope to go pro in the NBA one day, but first they’ve got to make their name in the college leagues. This won all kinds of awards and is the sports documentary all others should aspire to.


SENNA (2010)

One of those documentaries that make you head straight to YouTube for clips. It’s an absolutely gripping ride through the life and untimely death of one of the world’s most naturally gifted racing drivers. The on-board last lap footage is incredible.


Good v evil; arrogant champ v plucky underdog. Steve Wiebe tries to become the Donkey Kong world record holder. Not ‘sport’ in the traditional sense but there’s competition, obsession and the will to win.


This wheelchair rugby flick focuses on the rivalry between USA and Canada. Some of the non-sporting bits, like stupid questions they get asked about life in a wheelchair, steal the show. Watch it, then go watch the sport!


Best known as the film that gave the world Arnie, it’s also a fascinating insight into the world of professional bodybuilding and the quest for the perfectly muscled torso. Also, Arnie psyching out rival Lou Ferrigno over breakfast is brilliant.

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When a voice in his head says, ‘If you build it, he will come,’ Ray (Kevin Costner) interprets it as ‘build a baseball stadium in your back garden.’ But by the time he gets to play catch with the ghost of his father, there ain’t a dry eye left in the house.

Even psychologists have described this as the saddest movie ending ever ever ever (maybe not in those exact words). Ricky Schroder is the child star whose father, played by Jon Voight, returns to the ring to help provide a better future for his boy. What could possibly go wrong?

RUDY (1993)


Like many good tearjerkers, this constantly treads the line between emotional and saccharine, and just about manages to stay on course. It helps that the source material is the real-life story of Super Bowl-winning offensive tackle Michael Oher.


Rudy isn’t good enough to play American football for his beloved Notre Dame college team. Heck, he’s not even good enough to study there. But when his best mate dies in an accident, he decides to hell with it all, and follows his American dream anyway. “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!”


Based on a true story, a racially divided American high school football team matures with the help of their coach, become champions and teach their bigoted town the meaning of tolerance. You’ll laugh, cry and shout but will never walk away disappointed.


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Our bi-annual Trend Report is back, featuring the key Spring/Summer styles for 2017 Pink Hoody 252 AED/SAR Anti Social Social Club; Camo jersey T-shirt, Vintage Army Surplus; Jeans 180 AED/SAR Carhartt; Shoes 350 AED/SAR Converse x Comme Play Low

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What you actually need to know about the new season

t’s that time again, that biannual period when designers send models down the catwalks in a huge array of clothes: some you might like, some you might hate. The good news is we went to the shows, watched the videos and sifted through thousands of JPEGs online to put together a report on a bunch of things you might be into. Rather than telling you about which designers are hot, or who was in the FROW at which show, we’ve looked for trends across a load of spring/summer 2017 shows looking for consistent themes; styles and looks which you’ll begin to spot over the upcoming months. Let’s begin with the practical stuff. Chances are you’re going to get stuck in a rain shower or two, and if you’re staying out late at the weekends, you’ll need something to take the chill off. Heavy coats and chunky knits are for the winter, you’ll need something light and packable. We’ve put together a collection of rain jackets and windbreakers suitable for the summer months. In terms of colours, more and more designers have toyed with almost-whites. We’re talking greys, stones and a wider variety of lighter tones. Also there was a heavy use of

pink, from soft pastel to bright bubblegum; pink being for girls is a thing of the ancient past. Checks are here again too. They cropped up on coats and flannel shirts through the winter and are here to stay. As well as the colours and patterns, it’s not always about what the models are wearing, but how they’re wearing it. We often talk about how street style has heavily influenced the catwalk and an increasing number of designers are putting their thin models in bigger oversized clothes, which probably means the baggy look is, well, big. Secondly, you can read a bit into the use of accessories; they are usually used to root a designer’s sometimes abstract ideas in the real world. This season they’ve gone hard on hats, buckets, fedoras and Tony Pulis style baseball caps. Finally we’re FS, we think about sport and have a sharp eye for sports wear, which is still going strong through lots of collections. Just a quick reminder, like we said last season, try to imagine the teams in isolation. Fashion shows deliberately amplify things, creating overdramatic aesthetics. Picture a shirt with a pair of jeans or shorts, or whatever you might actually wear.

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GENTS, it’s that time of year again. Forget the mushy teddies and chocolates approach and instead up your grooming game this Valentine’s Day to charm your date. What will really catch her attention is a man who looks like he takes care of himself and with these luxe products you’ll smell and look irresistible. After all, nothing says sexy vibes better than a designer candle and bath oil, so make sure you keep them out somewhere she’ll see. Turn over for our Valentine’s guide to pleasing your woman.

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Kick up a stink on the sexiest night of the year a lot about you before you’ve so much as opened your mouth with a chat-up line or declaration of love, so you need to get it right. Here are our favourite heavy-hitting aftershaves with rich, spicy and dramatic notes that really come into their own once the lights go down.

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GROOMING BUDGET TO BLOWOUT Because nobody wants to kiss a pair of dry, cracked lips

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MATE, LEND US YOUR TWEEZERS England cricketer Mark Wood tells us about his leg shaving habit Who are your style icons? It’s got to be David Beckham. Although I dress nothing like him, and wouldn’t try to copy him – he’s just a cool bloke, I reckon.

Carmex Classic Pot This classic cherry balm smells nice and will quickly smooth sore, chapped lips. AED/SAR 51

What are you wearing when you’re not training or playing cricket? I tend to be pretty casual, so maybe a hoody and a pair of trainers. New Balance, obviously!

Any grooming fails you can share with us? If I shave too much, I don’t look a day older than 12! I also shave my left ankle up to my calf for taping it up. In hot countries, or in shorts weather, it’s not really a fashion statement having one half-shaven pipe cleaner of a leg. What’s your signature scent? Chanel, Allure. I’ve used this for a while, and tend not to wear much else. Which teammate spends the longest getting ready? Steve Finn. London lad, London look. Compare that to Ben Stokes who has no look and basically isn’t bothered. Do you enjoy any grooming treats – a nice face mask maybe? What’s a face mask!? Maybe Sam Billings and the southern softies have stuff like that, but us northerners have a reputation to uphold.


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First lady

The how-to section for all sports

We meet the world’s only female Nepalese mountain guide p86


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The money ballers 2008 Robinho signs for City the same day the Abu Dhabi group take over at Eastlands. Not that good





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Robin van Persie £24m

Fernando Torres £50m

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Fernando Torres £25m

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Michael Essien £24.4m

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Graeme Le Saux £5m


Andrew Cole £7m


Roy Keane £3.75m


Dwight Yorke £12.6m


Damien Duff £17m


1994 Raheem Sterling born. Makes debut for Liverpool in 2012, and is sold for £49m in 2015

Rio Ferdinand £18m


Juan Sebastian Veron £28.1m


Kevin De Bruyne £55m

2002 Rio Ferdinand becomes the world’s most expensive defender for the second time


Alan Shearer £3.6m



1996 Alan Shearer breaks transfer record for second time. Ends career with record 260 PL goals

Paul Pogba £89.3m

25 years ago this month, TV execs and boardroom bosses walked right out of the Football League to set-up the Premier League. Then they got rich!

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BEST MEN FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, 2008

Only Owen and Ronaldo have been recognised for a top global honour while playing in the Premier League



Originally set up by the ‘big five’ of Liverpool, Everton, United, Spurs and Arsenal, the Prem has proved to be a ‘big six’ with a rolling cast of 41 others

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Greg Dyke MD of London Weekend TV meets top clubs in 1990 to dicuss potential breakaway

Alan Sugar & Rupert Murdoch Spurs owner and Sky box maker helps Murdoch win the ’92 bidding war

David Dein Long-time Arsenal and FA suit crucial to keeping the FA onside during breakaway process

BLUES SEE RED No team has received more Premier League red cards than Everton

Rick Parry First CEO of the Premier League, then does same job at Liverpool for 11 years

Man Utd (13)

Chel (4) Arsenal (3) Man City (2)

Leicester (1)

Blackburn (1)

FOREIGN WORKERS A breakdown of where most non-English Premier League players come from 1992/93 39 32 30 10 8 4 4 4 4

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Winning titles

FS selects the four best-named men in world sport

Cracking skin


The colder weather; the strong wind– it’s all out to get you, but we’re here to help Training during the winter months even in the UAE can give your skin an utter beasting. The much cooler weather and biting wind form the first wave of assaults – especially if you’re running or biking – while the second comes from the drying effects of then walking into a war apartment. Handle it wrong and painful cracks, flaking and itching can turn you into a desperate husk.Luckily, a few simple steps can soon return your pores to a more soothed feel. Moisturising regularly and thoroughly is the obvious starting place. Firstly, ensure that you’re not doing anything actively unhelpful as part of your regime – avoid antibacterial or scented products, and anything with a bit of alcohol in. Moisturisers don’t need to be expensive, just ensure they’re oil (not water) based, because that will create a protective layer on the skin. Avoid bathing in very hot temperatures (the heat removes natural oils), have shorter showers, pat yourself dry, and moisturise while skin is damp to trap in more H20. While it’s fine to use exfoliants to occasionally strip off dead skin (which will also help water absorb deeper), don’t use harsh peels or toners. A cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser is far better. Wear suncream on face and hands while outside – it’s not just for summer – or wear gloves to protect the thinner skin on your hands. Avoid wet gloves or socks like the plague, as these irritate the skin. If your feet are a problem, Vaseline is your friend. If none of this helps, consider consulting a dermatologist…


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A.A.A AMSTERDAM Alright, alright… you can go first on the list. From A.B de Villiers to W.G Grace, cricket has always been a sport big on initials, but Mr and Mrs Amsterdam were definitely thinking about the phonebook and school register when they decided to name their son Alex Adrian Anthony. Born and raised in Guyana, the talented lefthanded batsman made his debut in T20 for the USA (yes, they have a cricket team) against Ireland (yes, they also have a cricket team) in 2015.

HA HA CLINTON-DIX Ha’Sean Treshon ‘Ha Ha’ Clinton-Dix is one of the most highly rated American football safeties (they’re the guys who cover the receivers for the defence), jostling for the Green Bay Packers since 2014. His name – used by coaches, commentators and family alike – originated thanks to a childhood mispronunciation of his curious forename. Either way, we wouldn’t mock to the 6ft 1in powerhouse’s face, and he’ll be the one laughing if he ever bags a Super Bowl ring.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER COUTO World football has given us a wondrous array of real daft names over the years – Johnny Moustache, Bongo Christ, Chiqui Arce, Jhon Baggio Rakotonomenjanahary, but the best current one is Couto, whose parents were clearly fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The striker, who plays for Brazil, once despaired, “Some people are more interested in me because of my name than because of my qualities as a footballer.” Sorry, Creed.

GAYLORD SILLY Stop giggling at the back: Gaylord Lucien D Silly is a highly respected Seychellois long distance runner who can bang out a half marathon in 1hr 10m, has competed at the indoor world athletics championship over 800m, and works part-time as a tree surgeon. Gaylord, meanwhile, was a highly popular name in 1930s America, with 59 million babies given the moniker during that decade. It remains popular in former French colonies like the Seychelles, and it definitely isn’t silly.

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Breaking the glass ceiling of the world

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa tells FS how she’s climbed to the very top, against all the odds

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa is Nepal’s first female mountaineering instructor, and National Geographic’s 2016 ‘Adventurer Of The Year’. She summited Everest at the tender age of 22, and has gone on to inspire a new generation of women to climb. FS caught up with her at Kendal Mountain Festival… What was your childhood like growing up in Nepal? When I was very young my father passed away, then my mother too – she had raised me. It was very different to what children have here; we didn’t have any buses or transportation. No

video games, no TV, no Barbie girl. We used to play with rocks and mud. We would have to work every day, even during holidays, and we had to go collect wood for the fire – a typical village upbringing. But it was fun! We used to swim in the river even though we weren’t allowed to. Did you have a good education? I had a good education for the time, yeah. I was raised by a single mum – she couldn’t read or write, she had a very hard life and her wish was always for me to be sent to school. She worked very hard to make sure I could do that.

Traditionally, what kind of career would women from your community have? Usually women would work indoors. They run restaurants, get married and basically stay at home and take care of the family. If a woman has a good education, she might go on to be a teacher, but she is still expected to be working indoors. So what attracted you to mountaineering? I’ve always been surrounded by mountains; I’ve always loved them, and from a very young age, it was my dream to climb them. Most of my friends wanted to be an actor or a doctor, but I told

them, “‘I’m going to go climb Everest, and when I become famous, I’ll still be your friend.” Were you at all put off by the danger involved? Even at a young age I was aware of the risks. We used to hear all these stories of people who died on the mountains. I knew it was dangerous, but I just thought ‘I’m going to go climb it [Everest].’ What was it like training to become Nepal’s first mountaineering instructor? Were you treated equally to the men on the course? When I started mountaineering, what I noticed is that, at the time,


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It was so wonderful to realise I was on top of the world.


Some people believe that the Sherpa are being exploited by western climbers. What would you say to that? Even compared to other mountains, the mountains in Nepal are so dangerous, especially for the porters. A client might cross the crevasses four or five times on an expedition, but a porter will cross them more than 20, so they are so much more at risk. They are working so hard and carrying so many loads, and they don’t have very good insurance and don’t get paid very well considering how dangerous it is. The problem is with Nepal itself: if something happens to a Sherpa, there’s no response, whereas if a foreign climber has an accident, the helicopter will show up in three or four hours.

I had not seen any women mountaineers taking it as a profession and it really bothered me; I felt it was important to have a woman instructor. So I enrolled on this course and through lots of training, I became the first woman mountaineering instructor in Nepal. I felt that if parents saw me, they might be more comfortable letting their daughters take a mountaineering course. The industry is dominated by men, but I was always treated equally at the training camp, no problems. So do you feel responsible as a role model to young women? Yeah, now I am recognised by

others, I feel a kind of pressure, a kind of responsibility. I get lots of girls coming up to me and saying, “Oh you’re so inspiring, we want to do what you do – how can we become mountain instructors?” What was it like summiting Everest for the first time? It wasn’t easy. Nobody would hire a woman Sherpa and I couldn’t afford to do it myself – it’s so expensive! But, luckily, I eventually got an opportunity. I got very sick during the climb, which was tough, but when I reached the top, it was like a dream, I was pinching myself saying, “Am I really on the top?”

And whose responsibility is it to change things? The government! The government gets $10,000 for one climbing permit, so why do they hesitate to send one rescue helicopter? The climbing companies are also responsible for that, but it has to come through the government. You recently climbed the world’s most deadly mountain, K2, to raise awareness of climate change. What motivated you to do that? There are still so many people – local people – that don’t understand, who almost don’t believe that it’s happening. We can do as many conferences as we like, but it just doesn’t seem to help people care, so climbing K2 really grabbed people’s attention. We don’t have a big knowledge of why climate change happens in Nepal, but we are seeing it everywhere. Things have changed. You can see that

lots of glaciers have melted or melt a lot earlier on in the season. It means that when people really need water, they can’t get it – and when they don’t need it, it’s pouring with rain. Where were you when you heard the news that you’d won National Geographic Adventurer of the year? I was away with a client and my husband checked my email and rang me to tell me that I’d been nominated for this award. I said, “Are you sure?” but then I checked on the internet and saw that my name was there. Everybody got involved; all the Nepalese and lots of foreigners too, and I won! I couldn’t believe it. It was important for me because it shows the younger generation that if you want to do something, you can do it. I was born in a village, and I worked my way up in a male industry without any support – so if I can do it, anyone can do it! What are your plans for the next few years? At the moment, I’m focusing on making a living – I’m happy to be out in the mountains every day. I have so much respect for the mountains; the mountains have changed my life – they’re why I’m here today with you. But also social work. I really find happiness when I try to help others. I’d like to help with education as well. At the moment, there is only basic education in Nepal. I didn’t have a big education, but the basic education that I did have really helped to build my confidence to try and be something. If I didn’t have any education, anything, I’d be so hesitant to try, so I really want to help people get an education. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa is an ambassador for Sherpa Adventure Gear

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All action hero

The American is one of the most experienced pilots in the Red Bull Air Race series, having competed in the aerial battles since 2003. And at 57, he is showing no signs of slowing down… For the past four decades Kirby Chambliss has felt most at home when behind the stick of an airplane. A former flight instructor and business jet pilot, he began aerobatic training in 1985 and is now considered one of the best stunt pilots in the world. We sat down with the two-time Red Bull Air Race champion ahead of the first race of the new season in Abu Dhabi on February 10-11.

probably 60 percent. Every stop is different, and I start analysing each track a good three weeks before arriving on site. Then at the race, I’ll spend at least a couple of hours each night reviewing timesheets and video from Free Practice sessions, analysing data from the raceplane and making sure I’m flying the optimum line. I always visualize my run before making it.

How did you first become involved in flying and did you always want to be a pilot? I always knew I wanted to be a pilot and there are pictures of me around aeroplanes when I am only two-years-old. I wasn’t the guy who wanted to be the fireman or the garbage man or the policeman, I wanted to be a pilot. And my dad played a key role in that, because of his experience in general aviation as a private pilot. When I was 13 years old, I was able to build an airplane with my dad, but I think I was born with the bug.

Do you also train outside of the plane? Oh yeah, you need to be physically fit as well. I work out three of four fays a week to keep up my strength and stamina.

When did you begin to become interested in aerobatics? I started off in aerobatics when I was 21. At the time I was flying corporate, but the chief pilot said all of his guys get aerobatic training cause if you end up flying upside down with a CEO onboard, you need to be able to land it without killing everyone. I thought that makes sense, so I started working with an aerobatic instructor. We flew upside down and for me, it was the coolest thing ever. That became my new passion.

You’ve been flying for four decades, how many hours do you think you have clocked up in the air and what drives you to keep going? It must be somewhere around 27,000 hours now. I am extremely comfortable in the cockpit. In a sport with fine margins the best way you can overcome your rivals is through experience. We tend to do better when things aren’t going so well. And I keep flying because I am very competitive, I like to win.

“We flew upside down and for me, it was the coolest thing ever. That became my new.”

Was there ever a fear factor? No, I definitely have an overall sense of fearlessness. A bought my own aerobatic plane and realised I really enjoyed it. I was flying in championships from 1993 and was highly ranked in the world standings. So that helped me get into the Red Bull Air Race. I was ranked number five in the world so that meant I got into the first series of the event. I loved the idea of doing crazy things. It’s dangerous but I am very competitive person. Have you ever had any serious accidents? Yeah I hit the water at 180mph in China. We had a control issue and the wheel wouldn’t turn. I got a nice souvenir on my forehead and a couple of broken ribs, but I survived. How often do you train in the plane and do you need to be strong mentally to compete in these kind of races? We try to train a couple hours, three days a week when we are home. But the mental game never ends. A lot of it is mental,

Is there such a thing as strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the type of flying you do? Yes, strengths are being prepared, being able to visualize what I need to do, and then going out and trying to make it a reality. I also dedicate a lot of time to perfecting my performance. We don’t have much of an off-season, but I spend it working on modifications, training, and preparing for the next season. You have been competing since the first season, how have you had to adapt and how difficult is it to keep competing against these young up-and-coming pilots? It used to be a lot more “seat-of-the-pants” flying, and now it’s become much more technical. It’s not difficult to keep up. And finally, what advice would you have for someone who wanted to become a pilot in the Red Bull Air Race? You are doing something dangerous so you have to get as much experience as possible. The only way to get into the championships is to be among the best in the world so you have to go through the stages. In America we have the national aerobatics team so you have to become the best. You have to know the aeroplane like the back of your hand and you have to be able to perfect every trick imaginable. In the end, experience is vital.

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The ultimate athlete

After being one of the most consistent performers on the triathlon scene for the last decade, Flora Duffy finally won her first world title in 2016. Now she’s determined to prove her success was no flash in the pan‌

Having competed in three Olympic Games and won multiple titles, there are few women more qualified than Flora Duffy when it comes to discussing the world of swimming, biking and running. With the reigning ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion competing in Abu Dhabi on March 3-4 we thought it was the perfect time to talk all things triathlon.. How did you first take up triathlon and how tough it was to combine the three disciplines? I did my first triathlon when I was 7 years old in Bermuda. It was a local kids triathlon (which is still on every summer to this

day). I was in a swim club, loved to run so thought I would give triathlon a go. I loved it! Joined a local triathlon club and the rest is history. In terms of training, how much work do you put into each discipline? I try to weigh my training quite evenly. At the moment I am swimming about 25kms a week, cycling 240kms and running 75kms. That roughly adds up to about 25hrs a week of training. Depending on the time of the year, I might do a specific training 'block' to bump up one of the three disciplines. For example do a cycling block where I would bump up the

volume and intensity for a few weeks of my cycling, but the other two would drop during this time. This allows me to put my time and energy into my cycling, which is an important part of my racing style. But of course, triathlon is all about balance. Is it all about clocking up the miles, or is a lot of it down to technique? You need a bit of both, and it depends on the individual. I come from a swimming background so for me, I just need volume and intensity. I do very little technic work, but when it comes to my running I do a lot of running drills to help with my biomechanics. So again it is about balance and figuring

out what works best for you. In terms of cycling, I incorporate quite a bit of skills work into my training. I'm sure diet also comes into it given how much energy is needed, do you have any tips for nutrition? Diet plays a huge role! I am very diet conscious. And I don't mean that in a calorie counting way. I eat a lot but a lot of the right stuff- highly nutrient dense food and stay away from refined/ processed foods. I think I eat a balanced diet that does included a few treats. Completely cutting out treats like chocolate would be torture! My biggest nutrition tip is to always try to eat immediately


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One of Duffy's strengths is cycling

after hard exercise. The 30 minute window after exercise is the most important time to get in some calories to help your body start to recover. As a triathlete that does multiple sessions a day- recovery is crucial. My favourite thing to have is a protein recovery smoothie. How do you stop training becoming repetitive and make it more interesting? I keep my training interesting by going off-road and by that I mean riding my mountain bike and trail running. I race a lot of Xterra which I would encourage everyone to try. At first racing off road took me completely out of my comfort zone, which I really helped to keep racing fun and interesting. This past weekend I did a 73km mountain bike race. It was super hard but also a new challenge and more fun than my usual four hour road ride. The Bermudan has become used to winning

An area most people are nervous about when signing up for a triathlon, is the swim. Is it tough being in open water alongside so many other athletes? Any tips for us newbies? Oh yes, the dreaded swim start. I understand it can be hectic. But the most important thing to remember is to keep calm. If you are nervous about swimming alongside so many people then start at the back or to one of the far sides on the start line. I always (when possible) line up at one of the far sides of the pontoon. Having open water to one side of me really helps me from being hit, pulled under....aka being in the 'washing machine'. You're a 6 x world champion - winning in a World Championship in Triathlon, Cross Triathlon and Xterra Triathlon. Do you have a favourite? How does your training differ for each? It is cool to be world champion in all three...something I never thought I would achieve. If I had to pick my favourite then it would be the World Triathlon Series world champion. I have dreamed of winning that since I was a young, aspiring triathlete. It is pretty cool when an ultimate life goal comes true. At the moment my training is very focused around the ITU style of triathlon, although, having said that I did a 73km mountain bike race on the weekend so I suppose off road elements are always involved in my training. But generally if I am preparing for an off road event the only thing that changes is I ride my mountain bike more, everything else stays the same. You've raced in two Olympics

- Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Can you tell us about the Olympic experience, especially Rio? Every Olympic experience has been radically different. In Beijing, I was a young and naive 20 year old. I was struggling with some health issues and the race was a disaster. I took two years off after that race. In London, I felt like the come back kid. I had managed to get back into pretty good form and was so excited to make it back. Unfortunately I crashed on the bike. I did finish but I was not happy with my race. And Rio, I went in ranked number one in the world and an outside medal favourite, a complete turn around from four years prior. I am content with my race in Rio, but I was hoping for more. I didn't have my perfect day. I finished 8th which is my best Olympic result so of course I am happy, but if left me wanting Tokyo here I come. And finally, can you just tell us a little about how much it meant to become the 2016 ITU World Triathlon? Being the ITU World Champion has been a dream since I was a young girl. I started 2016 not expecting to win the World Title but it is amazing how sport is full of surprises. I went into the race as the under dog, and knew I had to have a perfect race to win the overall. The race played out perfectly and before I knew it, I was running down the blue carpet taking the win. Running down the finishing shoot with the Bermuda flag, giving high fives was incredible. My mom was in the crowd so I high-fived her as I was running down the finishing shoot. It is a day I will never forget!

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Resurgent Rossoneri Forever Sport Middle East caught up with AC Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio at the launch of the new adidas Blue Blast boot pack in Doha, while his club were in town to play the Italian Super Cup in Qatar. In Serie A, AC Milan are doing well in the league, especially recently. What are your thoughts on the season so far? The season is going very well and we have managed to achieve some very impressive results that seemed difficult at the beginning of the season. The aim is certainly to continue on this path and to try and qualify for Europe by the end of season. It will be very difficult looking forward as the competition is so strong especially with the addition of three places in the UCL and two places in the UEL for Italian teams. For me personally, the goal is to keep working hard and finish the season in the best way possible by giving the maximum contribution to the team. You just beat Juventus in the Supercup match in Qatar. How does it feel for you to win your first club trophy? It was an amazing experience

and very emotional because this was the first trophy won by almost all the members of the current team. To win a major trophy at the national level was even more important considering that Milan had not won a trophy for a few years, so having the name of AC Milan in gold on a trophy was a very important thing. Looking ahead to Qatar 2022 and the World Cup, as a player what are your expectations of the type of world cup it will be? Certainly I expect a very different competition, something absolutely new

because for the first time the World Cup finals will be played during a winter break. In Qatar it’s when the weather is at it’s best. We have obviously just played in Qatar in December and the weather was quite pleasant, it was a bit hot but overall we were fine with the conditions. With regards to the organisation here, we were all impressed. Qatar is a very advanced country, attentive to every detail and is building cutting-edge facilities for players and fans. I have no doubt that it will be a great World Cup. Some critics say that football isn’t popular in


The aim is certainly to continue on this path and to try and qualify for Europe by the end of the season. The all-new Adidas Blue Boost boot pack was launched in Doha

Qatar and nearby countries. You’ve experienced the support of fans in the region so how would you respond to those comments? Playing in Qatar again, we were able to really experience the fans love for the game, it is clear that football fans here in the Middle East have as much love for the sport as fans in the rest of the world. Over the coming years leading up to the World Cup in Qatar, the love for football will only continue to grow the way it has done in the Middle East so I am sure that the tournament will be very well received. The Supercup match in Qatar came during your winter break. The English leagues don’t have the winter break and are concerned about having to have one for the 2022 season to accommodate the World Cup. What are your thoughts? I think a lot will depend on the condition of each player coming into the tournament, theoretically, however, players should be in better form as they have been playing at the highest level of competition right up until the World Cup starts. Usually, there is a break before the World Cup, which means players could switch off or not be in as good form. It will take some getting used to, but i think players and clubs at this level should be able to adapt. Before that of course is Russia 2018. What do you think is your biggest challenge to making it to the finals in 2018? In terms of qualification, I think our national squad is in a very good position. We always focus on one round at a time and take each game as it comes. The qualification is certainly difficult because only the group winners qualify directly and our direct opponent is Spain. For However, we are on equal points, so everything is still wide open. It is important not to lose points against the other teams and then gamble with Spain and the other two teams of a good standard group.

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These beauties do 0-35mph in three seconds. They even have a flight algorithm that mimics the famous aerial manoeuvres in the films – like corkscrew rolls and reverse propulsion

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The detachable ‘Joy-Con’ controllers slide off, so gamers can use them as wireless controllers. You’ll need to wave them around like wands to play the new 3D Mario game

Are your eyes ready? Nintendo’s new console, the Switch, looks totes amaze Sadly, the Nintendo’s Classic Mini NES has sold out. But in March, the Japanese gaming goliath is launching the Switch, a hybrid between a handheld and a console. Connect the dock to the TV, and lift the system out to turn it into a futuristic Gameboy-style handheld. £TBC


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Spider silk running shoes Fancy wearing adidas trainers woven from man-made spider silk? Tree-hugging fruitcakes used to hog all the eco fun. But thanks to the latest earth-friendly gadgets, everyone can invest in the future of mankind. Nike already makes football shirts out of plastic bottles – and now adidas has gone one better by making a pair of running shoes from a synthetic spider silk called Biosteel. They look ace, and adidas says the prototype Futurecraft Biofabric kicks should arrive in shops later this year. Preice: TBC


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It’s unlikely to win you a triathlon, but this bamboo bike is pretty intriguing all the same. The Bamboobee bikes can be purchased in kit form, like an Ikea wardrobe, and assembled in about a day. It saves on unnecessary packaging and shipping, and you can even upgrade to bamboo mudguards and rims. From 3,000AED/SAR


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If you really want to know what it’s like to be a fighter pilot, then just buy yourself an Aventador S. The interior is entirely race focused and like its predecessor, features a fighter jetstyle start button cover.


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Looks to kill When one of the Lamborghini project team tells you that they modelled their latest car on rockets, fighter jets and snakes, you know it isn’t going to lack drama or presence. But he didn’t just say snakes. He actually said venomous snakes. I mean, who wants just a harmless old snake in their design studio? The snake reference actually refers to the nose, which was redesigned with a bigger front splitter and two new air ducts in the front bumper. It allegedly has 130 percent more front downforce than the

standard Aventador. But the big change is the addition of four-wheel steering, which gives the Aventador S phenomenal handling, even when compared to the previous model. The car feels shorter, more direct and easier to handle. That’s a good thing when you take the engine into consideration. Under the armour-like rear hatch nestles a frankly insane 6.5 litre V12 engine, producing more than 740 hp. That’s enough for a 0-100 km/h time of just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of, wait

for it, 350 km/h. Oh, we forgot about the torque. It’s a mere 690 Nm. Basically, enough to stir granite. From the driver’s seat you can’t see a huge amount, but that’s not unusual in a supercar of this calibre. What you can do is feel. You feel the epic four-wheel drive system working out the best way to put all that power onto the road. It’s frighteningly good and probably the most fun you can have with a combustion engine. Just don’t look it straight in the eye. It might bite.


The new Aventador S comes with a single centre wheel nut holding on the huge lattice-style, lightweight alloy rims. It’s a nod to the car’s track focus, as race cars often use a single centre nut system. The only issue is your average socket set won’t help you remove a wheel.

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Chop ’em up like sushi!

The highly underrated Yakuza franchise returns to the PlayStation… YAKUZA 0 Applying to join the actual Yakuza – the Japanese mafia – is pretty simple. The boss has his own office in Tokyo, complete with his name on the door. Go give him a knock. If you don’t fancy the shootouts and tattoos, however, it’s probably best to kick back with this brilliant open-world prequel. Yakuza 0 combines violent combat with role-playing elements, and thus sees you dropping enemies with baseball bats while chatting up girls. It’s a riot of silly Banzai voiceovers, slick shakedowns and bouffant hairstyles. Forget samurais – these dudes are much cooler.

Big worlds, bigger waits Open-world sandbox games are great. But they take so ruddy long to build that you need mad patience. Will this lot be worth it? Lego Worlds gets things going when it arrives in late February. The Minecraft-style world builder was announced in June 2015, and a Steam early release frustrated fans, but building people, animals and vehicles is gonna be ace.

Out 24 Jan Price TBC On PS4 Rating

Ghost Recon Wildlands – first announced at E3 2015 – is the next-gen version of the series, and the first with an open world, as you travel through deserts, forests, mountains and salt flats to take down a drug cartel. Then it’s time to saddle up as Red Dead Redemption 2 drops in autumn – six years after the original, and four years after the first sequel talks. To paraphrase Barry Mann, ‘We don’t know much, but we know we’ll love it.’


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Out 24 Jan Price 269 AED/SAR On PS4, XONE, PC Rating


Out now Price 189 AED/SAR On 3DS Rating


Out February Price TBC On PS4 Rating


Out now Price TBC On PSVR Rating

Capcom has finally breathed new life into this over-ripe survival horror franchise. The action now takes place in the first-person – and it’s scarier for it. You play Ethan, fighting off zombie outbreaks with flamethrowers, chainsaws and explosives. To mix up the hack ’n’ slash stuff, there’s some creepy new puzzles thrown in.

The sequel to the wildly ambitious, gravityshifting classic sees you bend the laws of physics in order to unleash devastating, anime-tinged tag-team attacks. Swallowed by a gravity storm, Kat is taken to a strange mining village where she discovers a creepy new breed of enemy. Charming, and bonkers.



Eeets me, Marrrr-iohhh! Yes, the world’s most famous Italian plumber (sorry, Luigi) is back on the 3DS. You can now design your own levels on the fly, before sharing them with mates. Although if you can’t be arsed with all that stuff, it also comes with 100 pre-built courses out of the box. Watch out for the Piranha Plants, yeah?

Now that the dust has settled around the launch of the PlayStation VR headset, you might be wondering which game is a ‘must-own’. It’s this. The VR reboot is stunningly immersive, and set to a soundtrack filled with electronic bangerz. And, despite flying though vast computer networks, it doesn’t induce motion sickness.

Four ways to improve your life this February

You can think of Hypit as ‘Tripadvisor for millennials’ – users ‘hype’ up their favourite bars, YouTube videos and songs – the number of ‘hypes’ (likes) denotes a thing’s popularity. Free


This app lets you apply Instagramstyle filters to iPhone camera videos. There are over 7 million to choose from, but here’s the clever bit: you can change the filter after recording.


Download this restaurant-booking app if you want to own date night. It’ll snag you a table at one of the world’s swankiest eateries with the minimum of fuss. Free


Love hiking or running? This will inspire you to hit your stride by displaying trails on ordnance survey maps. It’s so accurate that mountain rescue teams use it. Free

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WHO Noel Ebdon WHAT Golf WHERE Mauritius

Pitching in Paradise Mauritius may not be the first place you’d think of for a golfing holiday, but that’s the very reason that now is the time to go. We take a stroll on the Legends Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage and find it populated by, err, actual legends


ow this is normally the part where I talk about lacing up my golf shoes, picking up my bag and heading out onto some idyllic golf course somewhere rather exotic. This is then followed by a blow by blow account of a round of golf that may or may not be entirely accurate (probably the latter, if my game is anything to go by). But today that’s not the case. There’s a number of reasons behind this, but the key one is that I’ve had to give up golf after a nasty back injury (caused by some motorsport shenanigans), which mean any constant twisting sport is now out of the question, according to the quacks. There goes my Olympic hula hooping dreams down the pan. FSME February 2017 105

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The second reason is that the main Legends course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage has been taken over by the European Senior Tour, so there are some actual golfers on the course, as opposed to a bunch of media hacks, in both senses of the word. The old guard of European golf were on the course for the MCB Tour Championship, which has been held since 2009 on the Constance Hotels course on the North East of Mauritius. So with my golf clubs now retired (and for sale if anyone is interested), I aimed for the first tee to follow some of Europe’s golfing statesmen around for a lesson in how to do it properly. This year’s lineup saw a number of household names, including Paul Broadhurst, Philip Price, Steen Tinning, Gordon Brand Jnr, Cesar Monasterio and European Tour legend Colin Montgomerie. Set in a former hunting reserve, the course is, as you’d expect, is stunning. Mauritius looks remarkably like the Caribbean, sharing a similar tropical climate. The whole island is lush with deep green vegetation and rolling hills, covered in farm land and forests. This gave Hugh Baiocchi, who designed the course, a pretty good canvas to build on and he managed to retain much of the island’s charm, whilst crafting a beautiful golf course into the landscape. The club house is low rise with the standard Mauritian thatched roof design that appears on buildings everywhere across the island, including the Constance Hotel. The course itself is dominated by water hazards, both on the ground and occasionally in the sky, as a tropical climate means frequent rain showers. Mind you, it’s like being in a luke warm shower, so few golfers will complain. If you’re one of those golfers who finds their ball often attracted to water, help is at hand. The fairways are pretty wide and fairly forgiving, so as long as you are relatively accurate you’ll get away with a lot on the Legend’s open areas. Annoyingly, Monty makes it look effortless off the first tee. Seemingly swinging without a care in the world as his ball flies arrow straight towards the first pin. I guess 18 European Tour victories will do that for you. Strolling behind the first group, the humidity starts to permeate your clothes, keeping things hot and sticky. It’s not unbearable, but you always know it’s there. It’s easy to forget that officially this is part of Africa, although the climate feels more Asian, especially if your previous African experience is, like most people, limited to the safari plains. The first group soon reach the Par 4 fifth hole, which is one of the hardest on the course, but dispatch it with frustrating ease. The following group land a drive just off the fairway and perilously close to the water, but a lucky

“The Constance Belle Mare Page hotel is also stunning with a long beach front and quiet location. ” bounce saves the day for the unknown player in the distance. Had that been mine, it would have gone the other way and I’d be playing with the my favourite club, the ball retriever. Perhaps it’s a good job I’m out of action The 17th is the club’s signature hole and for good reason. It plays over a small inlet right by the sea onto a green protected by some nasty sand traps. Not what you want to see if you’ve survived the rest of the round with a clean scorecard and only two to go. I wander around much of the course, pausing to watch playing groups pass through. It’s a fantastic walk and looks to be a solid course to play, if you can keep it roughly straight and aren’t aquaphobic. I’d happily come out of retirement if my dodgy spine would allow. The Constance Belle Mare Plage hotel is also stunning with a long beachfront and quiet location, away from the hustle and bustle of the capital and large towns. For golfers there’s nothing better than being able to wander out of your five-star hotel and straight onto the first tee. With that on offer, it’s a wonder more people haven’t locked onto a luxury golf holiday in the Indian Ocean. Oh, in case you were wondering, after dodging the rain showers and staying out of the undergrowth for all three days, Barry Lane took the winner’s trophy. He finished just one shot ahead of Paul


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What to buy The things to sort out before you go

Trunks, 639AED/SAR Etro,

BREATHTAKING: You’ll never get fed up of the stunning views in Mauritius

Broadhurst, with Monty, who was unable to keep hold of his 2015 title, in third, one further shot behind. It also meant it was an English clean sweep of the podium. Nice one boys!

How we did it You can fly to Mauritius from the Gulf on a number of carriers, but most people will choose to go via Emirates and Air Mauritius from Dubai, who code share. It’s even an A380 route, so you really can arrive in style. We stayed at the Constance Belle Mare Plage ( The group also has a second hotel on the island, the Constance Le Prince Maurice. You can hire a bicycle directly from the hotel if you want to explore nearby. For further afield, taxis are averagely priced. Alternatively, you can hire a Harley Davidson from the island’s dealership in Grand Baie (+230 269 1520). It’s the perfect way to see the island.


Towel, 120 AED/SAR Speedo

Golf bag, 575 AED/SAR Wilson

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Armada Tower 3 Cluster P






MMI in JLT is located at B1 Level, Armada Tower 3, Cluster P, Jumeirah Lake Towers.

LOTS OF SPECIAL OFFERS AND GIVEAWAYS IN-STORE TEL NO. 04 425 1701 Opening hours : Sat - Thu 10am - 9pm, Fri 2pm - 9pm

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PERRY & BLACKWELDER Perry & Blackwelder (P&B) is an American-inspired bar and grill at the Madinat Jumeirah, which is a haven for sports fans, anyone looking for quality comfort food and a rolling good time. It features live sports screened from around the world, with daily happy hour.

Tel: 04 432 3232 Email: Website: Happy hour: 5pm-8pm, daily

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you will experience a relaxed atmosphere at Spike Bar. An extensive international menu is available all day. With an indoor 98-inch TV and 32-inch screens, it’s the ideal place to catch all the live sport. Tel: 04 417 9999 Email: Wesbite: Happy Hour: 4pm - 7pm, daily.

THE SPORTSMANS ARMS The Sportsman’s Arms is Abu Dhabi’s only true family-friendly gastropub, taking inspiration from Boston’s finest dining scene. The Sportsmans Arms is the ideal place for after work drinks with friends, and an all-around good night out for watching sports.

LA FABRIQUE No game or match is complete without refreshments, and no place does them better than La Fabrique. Bite-size and delectable, La Fabrique’s selection of starters and snacks are designed to be easy to eat when engrossed in a game.

Tel: 02 447 1066 Email: Website: Happy hour: n/a

Tel: 04 603 8260 Email: H2022-SB@ACCOR.COM Website: la-fabrique Happy hour: 4pm-8pm, daily.

LONG’S BAR Long’s Bar is one of the most popular British pubs along Sheikh Zayed Road. Located in the basement of Towers Rotana Hotel, it is a firm fan favourite. The bar shows football across 20 television screens daily and is a great place for casual dining and enjoying the huge range of international drinks.

LOCK, STOCK & BARREL Lock, Stock & Barrel is ultimately a party bar that focuses on live music and sports. It’s two bars have a live music stage complete with a house band, 13 screens (including the largest indoor screen in the city) and pool tables. Enjoy football across all 13 screens with proper English roast. Tel: 04 514 9195

Tel: 04 312 2202 Email: Website: Happy Hour: 2pm-7pm, daily. 30% off on all beverages

BRICKS SPORTS LOUNGE Bricks is a high-energy sports lounge filled with big-screen television sets and a seating capacity of 82 covers. It’s the only sports lounge located within 15 km and includes darts, foosball and pool. Tel: 04 563 0000 Email: Website: Happy hour: 12pm – 7pm.

Email: Website: Happy hour: 5pm-8pm, daily

SPIKE BAR AT EMIRATES GOLF CLUB With a choice of seating inside, as well as the terrace overlooking the putting green,

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LAKEVIEW AT DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB Lakeview offers a stylish and relaxed setting to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as to watch live sport, including the Premier League over nine TV screens. Enjoy the themed buffet menus throughout the week, featuring international cuisine, signature favourites and a live BBQ. Tel: 04 295 6000 Email: Website: http://

THE UNDERGROUND PUB Underground Pub located on the ground floor of Dubai’s Habtoor Grand is a great

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walls, Kickers Sports Bar and Chill has both indoor and outdoor screens broadcasting your favourite live sporting events from around the world. It also offers gourmet cuisine and a wide selection of house beverages. Located in Sports Village at Dubai Sports City

place to catch the latest action and enjoy a wide range of internationally sourced beers and wines. The bar offers daily happy hour specials with weekly quiz nights and great live entertainment. Tel: 04 408 4221 / 4257 Emails: hgrs.fbreservation@ Website: Happy Hour: 4pm-8pm, daily

Tel: 04 448 1001 Email: Website : Happy hours: 3pm – 7pm, daily

CHARLIES PUB & RESTAURANT Charlie’s offers a steak menu full of juicy cuts at an unbeatable price. Watch the games you love whilst enjoying your favorite cut of steak, grilled to your liking, all served with your favorite sides. Charlie’s Pub gives the traditional feel of an English pub and is a little piece of home for many residents and visitors. Tel: 056 414 2213 Email: Website: Happy hour: 6pm-8pm, daily

WEST BEACH BISTRO & SPORTS LOUNGE Catch the highs, drown the lows and keep up to date with all the latest sporting action on multiple screens at West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge. Enjoy a bistro-style dining menu with their sports calendar and pool table for entertainment. It’s the perfect fusion of traditional sports bar and chic lounge.

HEMINGWAY’S Enjoy the taste of South America as you relax in the comfortable atmosphere of Hemingway’s. Catch all the major sporting events from Premier League football and Six Nations rugby to F1. Hemingway’s hosts a popular Quiz Nights every Sunday from 8.30pm. Tel: 02 692 4247 Email: Website: Happy hour: 5pm-8pm, daily

BARASTI BEACH BAR Barasti has always been one of the city’s most vibrant bars. It’s also one of the best places to watch sport. Inside, live music is on throughout the week for sundowners. If beach days are your thing, there’s no better place to spend the day and party into the night.

Tel: 04 449 8888 Email: Website: middle-east/uae/dubai/ Happy Hour: Nine hours of discounts.

Tel: 04 318 1313 Email: Guestservices.01895@ Website: Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm, daily

YESTERDAY PUB & RESTAURANT Kick back to the cool tunes of the 80s and 90s while munching on some appetizing comfort foods at Yesterday. Enjoy the football and cricket matches you love on the big screen, or alternatively play a game of billiards or throw a few darts around.

BIG EASY BAR & GRILL Big Easy Bar & Grill is comfortable and fun, the place to be among friends. It’s seasonally driven menu offers fresh grill food, local specialties and Ernie’s personal favorites. There is an extensive beverage offering with The Private Lounge offering diners a more intimate, sophisticated environment.

Tel: 04 501 3115 Email: Website: Happy Hour: 6pm-8pm, daily

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KICKERS SPORTS BAR AND CHILL With sporting memorabilia adorning the

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Nash (with the ball) goes up and under against former team-mate Dirk Nowitzki in 2007

hardworking, driven and wanted to get the best out of ourselves. We pushed each other, worked really hard and we improved. We were lucky to play with Michael Finley, an All Star. The three of us had talent, chemistry and drive to work hard. ✚ I was traded to Phoenix in 2004. They were a young, athletic team but they didn’t have a leader, so I sort of assumed that role. I was

stunned by the Playoff exit with Dallas the previous season, so I made a point to transform my game. I became a better player, erased some deficiencies. I worked hard on my athleticism and my durability, and improved from an All Star into a better player who fitted into that team really well.

✚ During the two MVP seasons, I’d done a lot of work on my shooting, but I was always a playmaker and someone who looked to pass first. I think I lifted

Two-time NBA MVP and future Hall of Famer Steve Nash looks back at the details of his glorious career ✚ I was lucky that football had a huge impact on me. My father was a

football fanatic – he’d played in the Conference in the UK and in the first division in South Africa, and he showed lots of love for the creative and subtle elements of the game. So I grew up with a dad who wasn’t like, “you scored three, well done” – he was more into the pass I squared to my teammate and that system of reward was being created. If I didn’t have a dad like that, and wasn’t playing in a team who were into the idea of creating and playmaking, I don’t know if I’d have been able to separate myself as an NBA player.

✚ Dirk Nowitzki and I both arrived in Dallas on the same day. I was traded from Phoenix and he was drafted. We were both young and unformed NBA

players, and we’d just joined the worst team in the league. We were both

✚ We were 3-1 down against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers in the 2006 Playoffs, and we really found ourselves in a hole. It was a tough time. We won the game at

home to make it 3-2, but we got a player suspended. Then we beat them in LA and brought them back to Phoenix to win the series. Sure, that was an awesome series for the fans, but one we made extremely hard work of as players. It was still exciting, of course. ✚ I think I’ve always been a late bloomer. When

I started out, I was quick and I was OK at penetrating, but as I got older, I got a bit quicker and I got better at getting into gaps, and that would open me up for playmaking and shooting. I worked hard at shooting and got better at finding solutions. I was obsessed with improving and the way to do that is to train. I was always looking for the best practices and always training, training, training. It felt wrong if I wasn’t!

“I worked hard on my athleticism and my durability, and improved from an All Star into a better player”


Steve Nash

the spirits of my team because I was so willing to pass that it made them excited. My teammates ran extra hard, they tried to find gaps, they looked for the ball in places that maybe they wouldn’t have with other players around them.


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