Jordan Jarrett Bryan is a sports reporter for Channel 4 News.
The thing I love about sport is what it does to people. Not only the athletes themselves, but the supporters and followers of it. Sport can make athletes grow as people, but can also destroy them and turn them into someone they never wanted to be. But it also can make fans say and do things they never thought they'd think or do.
Sport reflects life and is a microcosm of it. Sport can make you laugh or cry, sport can make you laugh till your belly hurts, it can make you rage with anger. Sport can make you see things you never thought you would see. But importantly sport makes you think. Why do we support the team we support, follow the athlete we follow and devote our lives to the sport we do? Surely it’s more than just a geographical, national, gender or technical reason. We invest time in that sport/athlete because we identify with them or that team/person we aspire to be.
Reporting on a fabulous goal, a world class forehand or a great burst of sprinting is what turns me on. But what I live for, just as much as those moments is the sporting moments that make the everyday man go gaga.
Attitudes towards disability haven’t improved since the 2012 Paralympics, according to new research, which says more than one in four disabled people say the Games failed to leave a positive legacy. The charity Scope said its findings were “incredibly disappointing”, five years after the Paralympics pulled off such a huge success.
Conor McGregor will face Floyd Mayweather this weekend in a showdown which has been surrounded by massive hype. “We are more than ready” – he declared – although he’s up against one of the greatest boxers of all time – Mayweather boasts an unprecedented unbeaten record.
Lewes Football Club have taken the historic step of becoming the first club to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team. With the spotlight on the England women’s team, who made it to the semi finals of the European Championships, Lewes are hoping that other clubs will follow their lead.
A victory in the World Athletics Championships is usually something to cheer. Not so last night when the American athlete Justin Gatlin won the 100 metres, defeating Usain Bolt in his final race. The American athlete, who’s served two bans for doping, was jeered by crowds at the London stadium.
Bolt by name. Bolt by nature. The fastest man on the planet is back in the UK ahead of this weekend’s Athletics World Championships in London. Usain Bolt said it will be his swansong, after winning 8 Olympic golds and becoming the most famous face – and sporting icon in the world.
One year after the Paralympic success in Rio and three years until Tokyo, the World Para Athletics championships starts on Friday in London. It’s the first major para sport event in the U.K. since Britain hosted the Paralympics in 2012.
He’s been the voice of Test match cricket for generations – colleagues describe him as “the sound track to summer”. But after 45 years in the commentary box, musing on everything from pigeons to the sandwiches, Blowers is retiring. Henry Blofeld’s final Test match special, when England host the West Indies, will be broadcast in…
He lost his leg on the battlefields of Afghanistan. But then former point-to-point rider Captain Guy Disney had to face another fight – to be allowed back in the saddle. He finally got his licence back three years ago and became the first amputee jockey to win a professional race.
Now, with a year to go until the Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea, British athletes are currently competing around the world to land a place in Team GB.
Remember the summer of 2012? That heady month of the London Olympics when the sport seemed so clean and pure? Well, an official investigation into Russian doping practices revealed that the country’s Olympic team “corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale”.
Sometimes events pop up at the most awkward times, but tonight’s football match between “enemies” England and France couldn’t be more convenient – the perfect antidote to the weekend’s terror attacks.
World number 102 Dustin Brown causes the first major upset of this year’s Wimbledon by beating Rafael Nadal. Could his winning form take him to the quarter finals and a clash with Andy Murray?
Why Not People? is a ground-breaking events company that prioritises disabled people and was founded by TV presenter and model Jameela Jamil.
As the Lionesses progress through the World Cup, the time for the women’s game to shine is now – especially as the mens international game is on the floor.
Don’t laugh, but this summer England could win a football World Cup. The Cerebral Palsy World Cup begins on 16 June and is being held at St George’s Park – the central hub for English Football.