Formula 1 in 2018

Now that the formula 1 season is over let us take a look at what made headlines and what to look forward to in 2019.

Firstly congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for winning the championship, well deserved. Hamilton was truly in his element this winning 11 grands prix out of 21 races with 17 podiums , taking 11 pole positions, breaking the record for the fastest lap in Abu Dhabi. He really worked hard and at the end it all payed well. Also congratulations to the Mercedes f1 team for taking the honors.

Young Max Verstappen shined this year, he made eleven podiums seven more than last years , winning two races. Even though he had a little out burst during the Brazilian grand prix with fellow f1 racer Esteban Ocon which had the media questioning his ability to control his emotions, however that incident did not have negative impact on his last race as he managed to make the podium ending off a good season on a high. While Max was not the only one making headlines for wrong reasons Sébastian Vettel and his weighbridge offence which costed him €25000 made headlines in the motorsports universe.

Fernando Alonso retirement from f1, making the 2018 season his last. He may have not ended his f1 career on a high, he did have a great career of which he made a total of 97 podiums with 32 wins, 122 pole positions, 23 fastest laps and two championships. #GraciasFernando

We also had racers changing teams, Daniel Ricciardo left redbull for Renault and Kimi Raikkonen left Ferrari for Sauber.

With Alonso leaving opening a spot for a new driver, and how will Kimi and Daniel perform in their new teams?. Or will the Mercedes team still has the winning duo in Lewis and valtteri . And how will the young drivers perform, who is going to be the 2019 breakout star. This year was an eventful, recording breaking, entertaining season, I can not wait for 2019.

Share with me your 2018 f1 highlights. #f1break

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Sport Movies Who Stared Real Life Athletes.

Usually actors play athletes in movies but here are some movies with actual professional athletes who made it to the big screen by portraying their real life jobs being athletes.

Space Jam

Space Jam is a 1996 film about basketball starring real life basketball legend Michael Jordan. In the film Michael plays the role of a retired basketball player who wants to begin a career in baseball as it was his father’s dream. Michael is brought in to the animated world by the Looney Tunes to help them win a basketball game and earn their freedom. Also other professionals ball players like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing made an appearance. The film did exceptionally well in the box office even with the mixed reviews it got, I guess having Michael Jordan worked.

He Got Game

He got game is another basketball film with the main character portrayed by a real life professional ball player Ray Allen alongside legendary actor Denzel Washington. The film was released back in 1998. In the movie Ray Allen portrays the character of Jesus shuttlesworth, a top high school player being persuaded by the top college basketball programmes in the country. His father (D. Washington) is a convicted felon who is temporary released from prison by the governor so that he can persuade his son to sign with the governor’s college in exchange for an early release.

I quite enjoyed this film, it had substance so I do recommend it.

Like Mike

In Like Mike the main character is not and never was a professional athlete however professional ball players and even reporters do make an appearance. Calvin (bow wow) is an orphaned young boy who idolizes Michael Jordan and he wishes to be Like Mike, one day at the orphanage he receives Jordan’s old Nike sneakers and believes they will make him play like Mike . Athletes that makes an appearance include Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, Chris Webber, Michael Finley and others.

The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard is a 2005 remake of the 1974 film of the same name about American football. It is a prison comedy film that features retired professional American football players like Terry Crews, Michael Irvin, Brian Bosworth and Bill Romanowski. It also stars pro WWE wrestlers Bill Goldberg, Kevin Nash, stone Cold Steve Austin and Dalip Singh Rana (The Great Khali). This movie is pretty funny.

All the movies here I quite enjoy even I think I went a little overboard with Like Mike and Space Jam as a kid and right now I am good with it, the other films I can still watch.

Please share with me films you enjoy that feature athletes, thank you.

#spacejam #hegotgame #likemike #thelongestyard #sportfilms #profesionalathletes

Leading Women : Caster Semenya

My leading woman for this month is Mokgadi Caster Semenya born in South Africa, Limpopo on the 7th of January 1991. Caster played soccer as a young girl growing up in Polokwane that is her talent of running was discovered from then she has become the best athlete out there. Since the beginning of her career Semenya has been fighting against all odds.

16 year old caster posted on her Twitter page

In 2009 following her win at the world championships Caster’s sex was questioned and she was withdrawned from international competitions. She then underwent sex verification tests. The IAAF said that they were obliged to investigate after she improved her time by 25 seconds at 1500m and eight seconds at 800m. Even though the test results were never published they were widely discussed in the media because of some leaked results suggesting Caster had an intersex trait.

6 July 2010 Caster was cleared by the IAAF but that hasn’t change anything from time to time her abilities are questioned. Through all of this she has never lost focus. Caster Semenya refused to let the world define her, after all what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.

Caster has went on to win more competitions including a gold medal in the 2017 world championships to name a few , and in 2016 she became the first person to to win all three of the 400m, 800m, and 1500m titles, if that is not amazing I don’t know what is. Semenya is and always will be the leading woman, no matter what the world threw her away she never backed down. Her attitude throughout this ordeal was incredibly, she kept her cool, fought silently. I admire her strength, I know that the world is still going to see bigger things from her , she is still going to break records. She did not have to be what the world expected her to be , but the world had to accept her the way she is.

Please share your views with me and tell me who your leading woman and man are, thank you.

Going down memory lane

My introduction to sports was when I started paying more attention to the box in the living room that showed pictures and live people called the TV, magical I know, this was around late 90s to early 2000s . Today I am going to share some of the sporting events and athletes that made headlines that I remember from that time.

1. 1995 Rugby World Cup

This event made history in so many ways, being the third rugby world cup. It was the first world cup to be hosted by one country which was South Africa, who also took the honors. For South Africa this was huge as it was the first major sporting event following the end of apartheid and it was the first rugby world cup in which South Africa was allowed to compete in. This is truly a moment to remember.

2. Michael Schumacher

Every boy child in my neighborhood wanted to be schumacher, they wanted to drive like him, every time they played with car toys or carts they will fight on who was going to be him. Schumacher is the first f1 driver I was introduced to and later on I will know some of the best who ever participated in the sport.

3. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is probably the most notorious boxer out there, he made a lot of noise in and out of the ring and most of it wasn’t good. Mike’s most memorable event took place in 1997 when he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear, if you didn’t knew him before then, he made it hard for people not to know him after.

 

4. Serena and Venus Williams

In the year 2000 they won a gold medal in women’s doubles in the Olympics marking the beginning of successful careers for the both of them.

The Olympics that also introduced 15 year old Michael Phelps to the world all in all it a great event.

Well there you have it, these are some of the events that introduced me to sports. Please share with me your thoughts on this topic, thank you

Who I am and why I am here.

Hello, I am a 24 year old psychology student who dreams of becoming an accomplished sport psychologist or journalist. I enjoy reading and writing, music and a good game. Growing up in my family no one played sports but every game day we would be glued to our TV  creens watching as a result I have never played sports but I know a lot. My father loves wrestling and my mother and siblings are all in to soccer me included , when I got in high school I was introduced to cricket, motorsports, basketball and athletics, since then my love and knowledge of sport has grown. I have felt more comfortable on the sidelines rather than on the field even though sometimes I wished I could play.

This blog is going to be about sport, I am going to share about the memories I have, the best and crazy sporting moments in history. I will also touch a little on trending topics and everything else involving sports.

What makes this blog special is I don’t focus on one sport but on different kinds out there and I mainly give my personal opinion  . I hope to learn and better understand more about the world through sport. I hope everyone enjoys and support me on this journey. Thank you.