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ou’ll all be pleased to know that I finally managed to overcome my issues with the London Olympic ticketing system and have put myself forward for a host of tickets
for the Paralympics.
Wheelchair rugby (my nephews are big rugby fans), wheelchair tennis (my mum’s a big tennis fan), 7-a-side football (my dad’s a big football fan) and Paralympic equestrian (my wife’s a big horse fan) are amongst the events I’ve applied for.
I still can’t quite get my head around the process of applying well in advance of finding out whether I have tickets or not and then waiting to see what money disappears from my account, but nonetheless, it was decided it was a necessity that in one form or another my household needed to be involved with Olympic movement next year.
I must note though that I’ve not seen or heard any of the furore around Paralympic ticketing as I did when Olympic tickets could be applied for. While this makes me slightly more hopeful about my chance of getting tickets, it does sadden me to think that these events are prized less highly than those for able-bodied athletes. Tickets are also substantially cheaper than the main Olympic events.
I’m far from disabled, but as a person with an illness that can lead to disabilities I’m disappointed to think that this is still the case in the 21st Century.
I hope I do get tickets and that the events are as good as they suggest they will be. If I do, I’ll be in the stands cheering on British hopefuls as they’ll have worked just as hard, if not harder, to feature on the world stage and deserve all the support we can give.
And if not, I’ll be tuning in to Channel 4 for live coverage. David Pittman, editor, SGB Sports
Recoverice offers indies injury treatment revolution – Cybertill and J2 Retail Systems forge partnership to benefit retail – Pattni ups Match Stars retail support
Text purchasing system Txt2buy has high hopes for the sports retail market, so operations director Daniel Rosenberg tells David Pittman
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Buying 10 Launch Pad
Intersport shares its latest thoughts with the market
Canterbury of New Zealand has launched the Mercury Compression baselayer range
12 Baselayer Showcase 18 Launch Pad 20 Launch Pad
We highlight some of the baselayer products available on the market
Total Gym has unveiled a new range of home fitness equipment
US fitness equipment brand Marcy has launched two new ranges
22 Fitness Equipment Showcase We focus on a small selection of equipment on the market to help your customers reach their peak physical fitness at home
Selling 26 The Shop Floor
Pete Bland Sports talks us through its business, while Asics tells the trade about the potential for wrestling
28 Sports Bras: Moving Comfort Moving Comfort is preparing to support the UK. David Pittman reports
30 Sports Bras: Sportjock www.sgb-sports.com
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Inside this month: Industry: Analysis, Buying Groups Buying: Baselayer Showcase, Fitness Showcase Selling: Sports Bras, Table Tennis
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Fiona Bashforth tell us how Sportjock sports bras set themselves apart from the rest
32 Table Tennis: UK Table Tennis What is the UK importer of Cornilleau and Tectonic equipment doing to support the market?
34 Table Tennis: Kettler 36 Tech Rep
National sales manager David Lamb tells David Pittman how its German heritage is benefitting the company
How does Shock Absorber’s new titanium underwire sport bra offer women flexible support?
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