Canadian ice hockey legend Syl Apps, winner of three Stanley Cup titles at the Toronto Maple Leafs, was also a world-class pole vaulter. He won the gold medal in the event at the 1934 British Empire Games in London and finished sixth at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. An outstanding all-round sportsman, Apps also captained the McMaster University football team to an inter-collegiate title in 1936. Apps was a Conservative member of the Ontario Parliament between 1963 and 1974 and served in the Cabinet as Minister of Corrections.
The British Paralympic Association is seeking a high calibre individual to be responsible for the development of project plans for all of the organisations activity and in particular to ensure that the best prepared ParalympicsGB team's are sent to the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.
Much like rival Mo Farah, Kenenisa Bekele has ambitions to move from the track to the road for his marathon debut next year and now he is once again fit and full of confidence he presents a fearsome challenge for any competitor. Mike Rowbottom reports