Thursday, 31 July 2014

Melissa Bishop

Canadian 800m runner


Factfile
Name: Melissa Bishop
Nationality: Canadian
Date of Birth: 05 August 1988
Place of Birth: Eganville, Ontario
Sport: Athletics - 800 Metres
Height: 1m73cm (5'8)
Personal Best: 1:59:82 (2012)

This Canadian 800m hottie is competing in the Commonwealth Games (and at time of writing had qualified for the final). She competed at the 2012 Olympics but did not progress beyond her heat. She is the third fastest Canadian ever at 800m, and is regularly used by Nike in advertising in her homeland.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Tonia Couch

British Diver

Factfile
Name: Tonia Couch
Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 20 May 1990
Place of Birth: Plymouth, England
Sport: Diving
Height: 1m63cm (5'3)

Tonia is a British Diver who spelcialises in the 10m Synchronised Diving event with her Dive partner Sarah Barrow. Tonia is a good friend of Tom Daley, the male diver. Tonia came from a Gymnastastics background but was fast tracked in diving after showing promise. She has won Gold at European level but not transferred that to Global level. She has competed in 2 Olympics already though, at Individual level in 2008, and Synchro in 2012.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sabina Altynbekova

Kazakh Volleyball Starlet

Factfile
Name: Sabina Altynbekova
Nationality: Kazakh
Date of Birth: 05 November 1996
Place of Birth: Aktobe, Kazakhstan
Sport: Volleyball
Height: 1m82cm (6'0)


Admittedly I did say we will focus on the Commonwealth Games for the duration, but when something or someone like this crops up, you have to react. The Kazakh Volleyball player has become a sensation at a Junior championships being held in Taipei, being declared a perfect beauty. Interneters from all over East Asia have been taking her to their hearts and she has already appeared in Anime. This has somewhat disgruntled the Kazakh coach, as the 18 year old is barely more than a squad player but has stolen all the attention.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Michelle Jenneke

Australian Hurdler

Factfile
Name: Michelle Jenneke
Nationality: Australian
Date of Birth: 23rd June 1993
Place of Birth: Kenthurst, New South Wales
Sport: Athletics - 100m Hurdles
Height: 1m72cm (5'8)
Personal Best: 13,39secs

Michelle shot the global attention when a video of her pre race dancing routine went viral around the world (Google it if you want to see it) She competes for Australai at the 100m hurdles and presently is with the squad for the Commonwealth Games, her first senior championships. She had been successful at Junior level winning golds at the Oceania Youth Championships, and Silver at the Youth Olympics.

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Alysha Newman

Canadian Pole Vaulter

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Name: Ashlyn Newman
Nationality: Canadian
Date of Birth: 29th June 1994
Place of Birth: Delaware, Ontario, Canada
Sport: Athletics - Pole Vault
Height: 1m75cm (5'8)
Personal Best: 4m41cm (17-05-2014)

The Canadian is part of the Canada squad for the Commonwealth Games. she is only 20 years old and competes for the University of Miami. She set her PB this year in Atlanta and is currently ranked at around 50th best in the World

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Karin Prinsloo

South African Swimmer

Factfile
Name: Karin Prinsloo
Nationality: South African
Date of Birth: 02 December 1989
Place of Birth: Marble Hall, Limpopo, South Africa
Sport: Swimming
Height: 1m83cm (6'0)

Karin is a swimmer from South Africa. She competed at London 2012 but didn't make the semi finals in her chosen events. She swims both Backstroke and Freestyle, and had made the final of the 200m freestyle in the Commonwealths this week, though she like much of the squad had been struck down by the flu.

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