Launching my ‘Transform Your Life Now!’ Coaching Programme!

I hope all is well with you.
It’s Oct 1st, and I’m so excited, because today I am launching my coaching programme!

I called it ‘Transform Your Life Now!’ because it’s based around the ideas in my book ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!

It’s results driven, and based on life transformation, so what happens on the inside is that someone picks one of the life areas to work with, states a goal in that area that *they* want, and then we set about making it happen!

Group support, coaching and encouragement from me, accountability, it really *is* exciting, because the results *will* come!

I was proud of my little book, and still am, and I’m definitely proud of this programme, because I know what it will do to the life of anyone who gets onboard, and that fills me with, to be blunt, joy!

If you fancy taking a look, you can see it here:
Transform Your Life Now!

I’d love to hear what you think, (of course, I’d love to see you on the *inside!*)

Ok, ‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. It’s something you can cancel at any time, there are no commtiments to tie you in, so if you fancied dipping your toe in to see if you liked it, that’s all well and good! 😉

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3 Online Environments Where You Can Earn Money

We’re used to the idea that the Internet now offers us unprecedented levels of connectivity, not just to information but to each other. This has implications across all aspects of our lives, but one that many people are only just realizing is the potential for the generation of side income.

Before we get started, it should be clear that there are no guarantees in any of the activities outlined in this article. While there are plenty of ways to earn income online, doing so through a community or interactive service almost always entails some level of risk. With that said, here’s a look at three interactive online areas in which you can look to earn, or even “win,” money.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Fantasy sports have been popular for many years now, but only in the last few has the idea of daily fantasy begun to gain widespread popularity. The Washington Post detailed the rise of DFS sites, noting incredible amounts of money that major companies like Fox Sports and Turner Sports (among others) have spent investing in the two main competitors.
These competitors are DraftKings and FanDuel, and as of now, they essentially offer the same services. Users can log in, enter any of a huge variety of different fantasy sports contests (with different buy-in and payout rates), and choose lineups of players in an attempt to earn high scores based on the stats those players compile. It’s the same as fantasy sports has always been, except that it’s based a per-day (or per-week, in the NFL) leagues, meaning you can always build a new team for the next competition.

The significance of daily fantasy sports as a money-making opportunity is in the peer-to-peer nature of the competition. This isn’t ordinary sports betting in which you’re made to compete against “the house” with low odds. Rather, while there are riskier league options with low odds but high rewards, you’re usually competing head-to-head against other users.

Online Casino Games

Any discussion about P2P money-making opportunities online has to include mention of the casino industry, where communities have reached incredible sizes. While significant portions of the world (including most of the United States) still exclude online gambling in a legal sense, millions are playing games at online casinos, meaning there’s a massive network of competitors at any given moment. Much like head-to-head games appealing to players who’d rather not bet against the house in a fantasy sports setting, the guarantee of live competition offers online gamblers the chance to deal with other humans when trying to profit.

That’s not to say there aren’t alternative options as well, for those who want to shoot for higher paydays. Betfair claims it’s common to see lucrative jackpots in its slot machine gaming market, which, while not facilitating P2P competition, do offer options and potential winnings reflective of a massive user base. They also offer some more competitive options elsewhere on their platform.

Personal Investment Tools

In a way, the stock market represents the ultimate forum in which individuals can seek to profit from community interactions. The actions of each individual trader sway the stock market, and so, in a way, you’re competing with and against a world of traders and investors when you make a transaction. But this is really just a more interesting way of phrasing things. What you’re really doing in any stock trading environment is leveraging your own methods of analysis and prediction against market trends.

No matter how you want to look at it, personal investment has recently become much more feasible for the average individual looking to generate side income online. The revolutionary app and online tool Robinhood has brought about a new way to make real stock trades without messing with buying fees or complex brokerages. International Business Times notes that the service is pioneering “free stock trading” for its users. We’re still in the early days of the tool’s functionality, but for the time being it looks as if the biggest market for generating income online, the stock market itself, has become an everyday utility for those with interest.

Again, none of these options provides any sort of guarantee, and in fact all can be quite risky. But they’re all representative of the fact that growing communities in various areas online are providing new potential streams of income for those interested.

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Sep 22nd 2015

I hope all is well with you.

I’ve been busy busy busy! As well as sorting out bits for my new coaching programme, I’ve been taking action on another idea of mine, The Rock & Roll Bandits.
"The Rock & Roll Bandits"
It’s one of those ideas that sit on the back burner, with a ‘one day’ timescale, but I decided that if I didn’t get on the sports journalism course, I would get into other projects.

As you know, I *didn’t* get on that course, which would have started at the beginning of September. That was a really big disappointment to me, but if that’s not going to happen, then it’s on to something else!

The idea of the Rock & Roll Bandits is to do rock versions of classic pop sings. I wanted to start with ‘It Started With A Kiss’. I decided I wanted to play drums and have a go at the singing, with future songs I may well use all sorts of hired guns as musicians, changing the line up for different songs – who knows!

So, I got in touch with Matt on bass and Rhys on guitar to see if they fancied doing it with me, sorted out studio booking, and last Tuesday we went in and did the song.

A little rough and ready, and we hadn’t rehearsed so we needed to sort some things in the studio instead of a rehearsal room, but the end product gave a good demo of the idea which is what I wanted.
"Gordon Bryan"
The next plan was to use a crowd funding website to fund future songs, using the demo as an idea for people to get the gist of the project.

I set up an account with one site,, and now I’ve hit a new snag in the road – they’ve refused! They have to approve campaigns before allowing them, and in my case they say there aren’t enough fans to fund a project.

While this is true, my thoughts were that it’s a brand new idea, so of course there aren’t fans yet, and the project itself would build fans. However, the pledgemusic decision means I need to build fans before I can launch a project.

So, they have a widget I can share around, which not only allows people to listen to the song, but download it for free in order to build the fan base. If you’d like to hear the song, then here’s the link, and don’t forget you can download it for free, which would help me!

In the sporting world (come on, you knew it was coming!) the rugby World Cup has kicked off. Lots of teams, with only a few that can win it. These early group games can be really one sided affairs as the difference in class is huge, but one of the games produced an upset as Japan beat South Africa.

What struck me the most? The immediate post match interview with the captain and coach, still on the pitch and full of emotion.

They both said ‘credit to them, they were better than us, no excuses, we weren’t good enough.’

Bravo I say! They didn’t say Japan had ‘been lucky’ or try to deflect onto other factors. They took defeat with class and sportsmanship, and long time readers will know how much that appeals to me!

In a different sport, which is known for doing the right thing, golf, a player strayed from that line a bit…

In the Solheim Cup between the USA and Europe, American Alison Lee picked up her ball towards the end of a close match, thinking the putt had been conceded. European player Suzann Pettersen said it hadn’t been conceded, so the USA were docked that hole, and went on to lose the match.

It all kicked off in the media and social networks!
As it happened, the USA won the event in the end, and afterwards Pettersen has apologised, saying she lost the bigger picture in the heat of the moment, and was sorry for letting herself and others down.


Yes, she made a mistake, but on the other hand, golf is a game of strict meticulous rules. I hope her apologising afterwards will put the issue to bed so it doesn’t linger, but I suspect that the apology was too late, that the bad feeling won’t be going away anytime soon!

The comeback by the USA to win the event was fuelled by a feeling of being hard done by, and the incident’s aftermath had a debilitating effect on the European team. It’ll be remembered in the world of golf for many years.

Ok, music and sport, two subjects that push my buttons, combined with taking action and doing the right thing, two more subjects that push my buttons!

I’d love to hear what you think, and don’t forget to download the first Rock & Roll Bandits track for free!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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Remembering Rick Rescorla 2015

The list of names of people that died on 9/11 runs into the thousands. Rick Rescorla is one of those names.

"Rick Rescorla"

I find that the individuals get lost in such large stats, so when I first heard about Rescorla’s story in 2005, I wrote about it, because I found it inspiring and thought that others would too.

In 2001, on the 10th anniversary, I realised that I hadn’t posted it on *this* blog, so I did that, and it’s something I can link back to every year, because again, the individuals get lost in the scale of what happened. Maybe you’ve not read it before, maybe you have – either way I think it’s worth a read today.

Here it is:
Remembering Rick Rescorla 2011

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Sep 8th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

Long time readers will know I do like use date anniversaries a lot, a reminders of what others have done, and what we could do ourselves. Today’s no different, and you never know, I might even throw some sport at the end!

(ok, you *know* I’ll throw in some sport!)

Weds Sep 9th sees Queen Elizabeth II become the longest reigning British monarch, overtaking the mark set by Queen Victoria.

Now, I know a lot of people don’t like her, and dislike the monarchy and the whole idea of it. As it happens, I do like her. I can understand people who say she lives a life of privilege, paid for by those who don’t live that life.

On the other side of the coin, she did not choose to be Queen, and while she could have decided not to, she instead decided as a young woman, to dedicate the rest of her life to the service of her country.

That’s what she’s done, and is still doing 63 years later. Imagine the life of privilege that some people decry, and then imagine that every day is planned out for you, with little wriggle room if you are to follow the service of duty you signed up to.

Constant travelling, constant smiling at strangers, constantly representing your country. For 63 years.

She’s been Queen all my life, I’ve taken it for granted , and that’s part of what she offers, a continuity, a constant in a world of change. She’s been through 12 Prime Ministers of different political persuasions, and has stayed out of the political arena.

Good for her, I say!

Another anniversary this week is less pleasant – 9/11. I’ll be writing about that in another article on the day, and again, long time readers will already know what it’s about. That event, and consequent events, have made the world a different place, and not for the better.

I did say I’d throw in some sport – in football, Wayne Rooney has equalled the England goal scoring record of Sir Bobby Charlton, and will surely pass it soon. The debate rages as to whether he’s England’s best ever striker or not.

In American football, the NFL kicks off this week, with Tom Brady set to play after having his ban for ‘deflate gate’ overturned. The NFL is appealing that court decision, but in the meantime he plays. I must say the whole affair has tainted my opinion of him, I always regarded him as the best, but with my strong belief in integrity, I have severe doubts about him.

Also this season the NFL won’t be on freeview, and since I watch so much sport that I don’t pay for any, I imagine it will be a year off the NFL for me, the odd highlight apart. That’s a shame, but on the plus side it will free up time to press ahead with other things…

One of those other things is my new membership site. Originally I had planned to go with, with the basic premise of helping people follow their passions, by leveraging the power of the internet to free their finances.

That still holds true, but lately I have been thinking about going for a more personal development angle – focusing on my Transform Your Life in 21 Days! Book as the foundation of a life improvement course, with the internet marketing coming under just one section, the finance section, so people can focus solely on that if they choose.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear which one of those you think would appeal the most, and why?

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Sep 4th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

As we crack into September, 4 months of the year left, that’s a full 3rd of the year!

I did take some stick, and rightly so, on my face book page when I first posted that it was a ¼ of the year left – whoops! (you are connected with me on facebook, right? If not the link is at the bottom 😉 )

So, with a 3rd of the year left, what are you going to do about it?

If 2015 has so far gone the same way as 2014, and 2013, and so on, and you thought 2015 was going to be different, well, this last 3rd of 2015 is going to be *exactly* the same as long as you keep doing exactly the same!

For the results to be different, something different has to happen, something different has to be done, and it has to be done by *you*.

That means taking responsibility for your actions, or lack of them, and the results that follow.

There are some simple productivity techniques that can help with this, and I wrote about one of them in another article, which you can see here:
Would 10 Weeks Solid Working On Your Goals Help?

You’ll see in that article that I talk about an hour a day, and I often hear people say ‘I haven’t got an hour a day’. Well, you probably have, and here’s another technique to improve productivity…

Set a timer on your phone or computer, and set it for one hour. Get rid of other distractions, turn off social media notifications, and make the decision that for the solid one hour you will focus on the goal, the task.

If you tell me that this means you will have to miss out on something else, yes you will, that’s the point. However, because you are using this technique to help with focus and productivity, whatever you’re missing out on will not be as important as what you achieve in this new one hour slot.

This is a technique that works, but it only works if you apply it genuinely. When you get to the end of the hour and the timer goes off, you may well find you want to carry on as you have got into the task – if so, great, carry on! Do make sure you are time aware of other tasks though, if you do decide to carry on past the hour mark.

As for me, well I had hoped that September would see me starting my sports journalism course. You may remember I was offered a place at University last year, but it was just to close to the starting date for me to up sticks and go.

So, I decided to wait a year, and go for a one year course instead at a working sport journalism agency to get a relevant qualification. I went for their exam/interview, and while they gave me feedback that I impressed in both as well as my existing content, they wouldn’t offer me a place as I didn’t have relevant work experience.

I failed.

Except I didn’t fail, did I! I set a goal, worked out a plan, got to work on that plan. The direction changed once I had set out on the plan, as it often does, and I changed course. Because I had already developed skills I was able to impress with the new college, but not enough because they wanted something specific that I wasn’t able to show them at that time.

No failure there, because I’m further forward now than I was – I know that this wasn’t an adventure open to me at the moment, so other adventures can come into play.

One of those is a music project, and I have now booked into a studio this month to start the project off, so watch out – the Rock & Roll Bandits are coming!

I’m also working on my membership site, offering coaching and help. This will move me forwards towards certain goals, and it will move anyone who comes along with me – so I’ll leave you with this thought…

What did you intend for 2015? Has it happened? If not why not, and what are you going to do about it? Are you ready to make the decision to actually change something between now and the end of the year? You still have a whole 3rd left, and if there’s anything you need help with, let me know! Leave a comment or send me an email, or a face book message, and let’s get the year moving in *your* direction!

‘Til next time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Here’s the link to the newsletter page on facebook. I will be ramping this up shortly to cover all sorts of personal development and self financing issues, so do hit the like button and get connected with me!

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A Woman Coaching In the NFL? The Impressive Achievements of Jen Welter!

With a new NFL season looming large, here’s an article I wrote originally published via Huffington Post (btw I’ve posted a link to my Huff Post profile at the bottom)…

"Jen Welter" "Gordon Bryan"
Summer 2015, and the Arizona Cardinals make an announcement about a coaching intern. Nothing too exciting about that you might think, but you’d be wrong, because this was an announcement that lit up social media, and even made the press here in the UK!

Jen Welter. Dr Jen Welter as it happens.

She’s the intern, and she’ll join the Cardinals for preseason training camp. She’s the first female coach in the NFL, and while her position is not exactly head coach, and might be seen as only a tiny breach of the male domination of the game, it’s a move that must be welcomed, and after researching Welter it doesn’t come as a surprise that she’s the one to make the leap…

She’s an achiever through and through, in life not just sports.

She has a Masters in sports psychology and a PhD in psychology, and it’s not hard to see that anyone getting to that kind of level of qualification is an achiever that has put in some serious hard work!

Hang on though, if you’re going to coach male American Football players, shouldn’t you have played it yourself?

Well, not always, but that *is* usually the case in the NFL, and Jen’s got that covered too! She played many many years in the female game, and in 2014 made history (again) by playing for the Texas Revolution, a male indoor team, making her the first woman to play in a pro male sports league in a non kicking position.

So, she’s no token gesture. She’s clearly someone who knows how to play hard, and knows how to work hard to get things done. You can bet she has high expectations for herself, and you can bet just as surely she will have high expectations for anyone she coaches.

Who *wouldn’t* want someone like that on your coaching staff?

Now, of course we’ll need to see how it pans out, but I’ve written before about the lack of female managers in soccer’s Premier League in England, which is one of the richest leagues in all of sport, a move like this has to be welcomed, because once the first has done it, the second will surely follow, leading to, yep you guessed it, the third, and so on until it no longer becomes a story.

Then the women will start to rise up the level of the coaching ladder. Don’t hold your breath for a female Head Coach in the NFL anytime soon, but considering her achievements so far at 37, I wouldn’t put it past Jen Welter to be blazing the trail for women a good deal more before she’s done!

She simply says “ I want little girls everywhere knowing they can do anything, even play football.”
The NFL hardly gets any press coverage here in the UK, but this story actually made it into a few of the sports pages, just showing the ripples it has made.

I say well done to the Arizona Cardinals, but an even bigger well done to Jen Welter herself. I find it impressive. Am I wrong?

Let me know what you think, I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Here’s that link I mentioned to Gordon Bryan on Huffington Post

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Jose Mourinho – What’s Up Doc?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is well known for being controversial throughout his career, but his latest outburst has left people baffled and annoyed. I fall into the ‘annoyed’ camp…

"Jose Mourinho" "Gordon Bryan"
During stoppage time in Chelsea’s first game of the season, with the match looking like being a draw with Swansea, Eden Hazard went down under a challenge, and rolled around, appearing in agony.

Nothing new there, and the Chelsea doctor and physio ran onto the pitch to treat him. This means that under the rules of the game, Hazard had to leave the pitch. This meant that Chelsea, who had already been reduced to 10 men after a sending off, had to play for a while with only 9 players.

Mourinho was furious, clearly castigating the doctor Eva Carneiro on the sideline.

After the game he said she had been naïve to go onto the pitch because of the 9 player issue, and that staff ‘needed to understand the game.’ He also said he knew full well Hazard didn’t need medical assistance, as he “was just tired.”

Really Jose?

He could have left the castigation for behind doors, after the match. He could have chosen not to criticise her publicly afterwards, but that’s not the way Mourinho operates.

All pretty unpleasant, but it seems all the more unpleasant because Carneiro has since been banned from attending team training sessions, the team hotel, or match day.

She still retains her title as first team doctor, but that can’t be sustainable with those restrictions in place. There is talk of her suing the club for constructive dismissal, and it looks like she has a case.

Let’s look a bit more at the finer details of the Hazard incident, and then to Carneiro herself…

Medical staff are only allowed onto the pitch in 2 situations – either if the player asks the ref, and the ref agrees, of if the ref calls them on him or herself. Video of the incident seems to show the ref asking Hazard if he wanted the medics, then calling them on. When they didn’t go on, he called them again, and it’s then that Carneiro and team physic Jon Fearn ran onto the pitch.

The question to be asked is this – what were they supposed to do? Stay sat on the bench? In fact Mourinho has criticised her before, in that case it was for not going on quickly enough, and you can only imagine the uproar if any team’s medical staff remained in their seats having been called twice by the ref.

To suggest that their focus should be on a tactical decision to go on or not, rather than to look after the players, is just ludicrous. These are highly qualified medical professionals, and it’s not unusual for medical staff of opposing teams to help each other out.

The doctor’s football organisations have come out in support of Carneiro, and rightly so in my view. They ask why she is being sanctioned for simply doing her job, and doing it in a professional way.

Carneiro herself is a bit of a role model. It’s unusual to see women doctors in football, the whole sport is male dominated, and she has said herself that most of her mail is from women or girls wanting to follow her path.

Mourinho is not one to back down – he has an ego the size of a planet, and he has the results to back it up. It doesn’t look like Carneiro is about to back down either, and I can’t see what she’s done wrong.

In all the years I’ve been watching football (over 40 in case you wondered) I have never known a team doctor be torn down for going onto the pitch to treat a player. The fact that it’s a doctor who has a profile in the sport because she’s blazing a trail for women only helps to fuel the storm, with the press lapping it up.

I think Mourinho has got this one wrong, badly. I’m not sure how it’ll be resolved, maybe Carneiro will leave the club, maybe she’ll take Chelsea to court, or maybe, since he’s done it before, Mourinho will totally throw his toys out of the pram and resign himself.

He’s a hard one to figure out, that’s for sure, and it certainly seems fair to ask ‘hey Jose, what’s up Doc?’

Ok, I’d love to hear what you think, leave a comment below!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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FB Passion Profits!

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Aug 18th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

I though that for this edition I would focus on something that too many people ignore, which is a shame. It’s a shame because it’s something simple, which can make a huge difference to your personal development, to your contentment in life. It’s this…

The feelgood factor.

While it may sound a bit of a cliché, there is no doubt that when you get a burst of the feel good factor, it relaxes you and it removes stress. Either of those 2 results can then help with attitude and productivity, so to have a shot of both at the same time – well, you can see the benefits.

So, I’ve got 3 that I came across since the last newsletter –

1. I saw this story on Facebook, and although I’m not much of a ‘sharer’ on my own wall, I did share this one, because it was something I enjoyed reading, and I knew others would too. Of course that’s why I’m including it here too!

To sum it up, some firefighters went to get something to eat after a night working on a fire. When the went to pay, they found that the waitress, Liz Woodward, had written on the bill that she had paid for their breakfast, and she wanted to thank them for the work they did. Unsurprisingly, this gesture put a smile on their faces. They thanked her, and posted on their face book that their friends should visit the café as a return gesture.

All well and good, one nice gesture getting another one back in return, but the story didn’t end there. The firefighters found out that Liz’s father is paralysed, and she was trying to raise funds for a wheelchair accessible van.

They posted that this was a *better* way to help Liz, and in within a few days, the target of $17,000 had been passed – way past, with over $70,000 being raised.

Liz says she only expected a smile in return for her gesture, and it just showed what kindness could bring.

Click on the picture to go to the original story:
"Liz Woodward"

2. This is a sporting one. Come on, you *knew* there’d be a sport one, right? Doncaster Rovers V. Bury.
An unspoken rule with footballers is that when a team kicks the ball out of play because one of their team needs medical treatment, the opposition then return the ball back to that tea, when play restarts.

In this case, the Doncaster player booted the ball back from the halfway line in the 95th minute but accidentally scored. It was clearly unintentional, but the goal would have to stand. So, the Doncaster manager Paul Dickov, instructed his players to then deliberately let Bury score from the restart by not offering any challenges. Bury then duly walked the ball down the field and scored.
Lots of commenters have said it might have been a different story had it been at the end of the season rather than the opening day, and while that may or may not be true, let’s applaud some sportsmanship from Dickov – there seems to be so little of it at the higher levels of football these days, so it’s worth appreciating when seen!

Here’s a link to a video about it:
Paul Dickov orders his team to let opponents score

3. I saw an article in the paper saying that looking at a sunrise or sunset can give a real boost to happiness. I wasn’t surprised by that, and if you’re a face book friend of mine you will have seen lots of my photos of sunsets, with the odd sunrise thrown in (I’ll probably take more of those later in the year when the sunrise is a bit later in the morning!)

Recently I nipped about a half hour drive down the road to the coast, where there’s a nice long prom to walk along, and the sunset there can look marvellous. Here are two photos I took then:
"Whitstable" "Gordon Bryan"

"Whitstable" "Gordon Bryan"

Ok, that’s it for today. Do not underestimate the power of the feel good factor, so when you come across it, take a moment to actively stop and appreciate it – your body and mind will appreciate it!

I’d love to hear what you think, I love the feedback!

‘Til next time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. Here are the titles of the article I’ve written since last time, which you find links to either here, at Huffington Post, or always via my facebook profile!
Why Are There No Women Managers In The Premier League?
Cilla – Goal Achievement in Black And White!
I Haven’t Drunk Coke In 6 Months And Counting – Thanks To Football!
Athletics In First Ever Drugs Storm? Er, Hardly!
A Woman Coaching In The NFL? The Impressive Achievements Of Jen Welter!
Hang On – West Ham Got The Olympic Stadium For HOW Much?
Jose Mourinho – What’s Up Doc?

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Athletics In First Ever Drugs Storm – Er, Hardly!

August 2015, and the Sunday Times newspaper has run a big story, claiming that a database of blood tests from over 12,000 athletes shows 5,000 results which are suspicious. So, is this the first drugs crisis to hit athletics..?


We have multi dope failer Justin Gatlin destroying fields in the current season, alongside fellow failers Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell.

"Gordon Bryan" "athletics"
Let’s not forget Marion Jones, all American hero, who fiercely denied all claims against her, but ended up going to jail after admitting she had lied to a federal court.

Oh, then there’s Ben Johnson, who took the 100m gold a the 1988 Olympics. He also denied everything, only to admit it eventually. There’s that iconic photo of a beaten Carl Lewis staring at Johnson as he crosses the line, although Lewis himself was so cocky he was always going to be in the crosshairs of drugs claims himself.

In fact, why don’t we go back to the days of the Eastern European bloc countries, as East German women smashed world records, some of which ludicrously still stand today, after a full on regime of athlete doping.

I say ‘go back’ to the days of the Eastern Europeans, but if we whip back to today, the Russians are not exactly squeaky clean – with many athletes being caught and banned, and many more under suspicion.

Oh dear, oh dearie me!

Seb Coe, who is standing to be President of the IAAF, says it’s a ‘declaration of war’ against his sport, and that the findings should either be handed over, or people should shut up about it.

He is treading a fine line here. On the one hand he is right when he says that athletics has made huge leaps forwards, that it does as much testing as any other sport, if not more, and that the number of positive tests and bans shows that the more robust systems are working.

That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t address the problem that the increase in positive tests and bans has a massive impact on the perception of the sport – that any athlete who breaks a world record, or improves their performance ‘must be’ on drugs.

At the very least it means that people will take an attitude of ‘no surprise’ if winners turn out to be cheaters in the future.

I’ve written before that I won’t watch any meeting which features Gatlin, and it’s the short length of bans which also causes a massive perception problem – even if caught the athletes can still be at the next Olympics – how can *that* be right?

It could be that the big ‘exclusive’ from the Sunday Times about these 5,000 readings turns out to be nothing more than bluster, but what strikes me is that general sense of ‘oh well, no surprise there’ – that’s a massive problem. It’s a problem that has been brewing steadily for 30 years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.

Ok, I’d love to hear your views, leave a comment below!

‘Til next time,
Health & happiness,
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