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“I think a lot of people just have no idea what it is”: Iain Ballentine on Rollerskiing in Hyde Park

Team GB won five medals at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year, setting a new record. Another was set in the broadcasting figures of the games: more than 30 million people in the UK watched the BBC’s coverage alone. But in a country where our environment certainly isn’t best suited to Winter Sports, how and why do people like Olympic medallists Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas first take up their sports? Joe Leavey went along to visit one of London’s more unexpected sports clubs to find out.

Joe Leavey
Joe is a 23-year-old graduate of the University of Birmingham, where he completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature & American Studies. Always a far more adept viewer than participant, although not for a lack of trying, Joe became heavily involved in student radio whilst at Birmingham. He served as Deputy Head of Sport, hosting regular shows on various topics and recording weekly commentaries on University sport as well as writing for the station website. A long time fan of Arsenal, Joe has been going to the Emirates for nearly 10 years, whilst a year of studying in America helped to cement an interest in Baseball and the Chicago Cubs. Work experience at ITV, where he wrote a piece for the website, Seven League and Aser Media among others has helped Joe to gain a greater contextual understanding of the industry as a whole, and he is now studying for an MA in Sports Journalism at St Mary’s.
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