Joff’s New Year Message

Hello and Happy New Year!

2012 has been a great year for sporting achievement, none so much as Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour De France, Olympic Time Trial Gold & BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.  Brad, or Sir Brad as we now must call him, along with his Team Sky colleagues have triggered an addiction to cycling in me and I can’t get enough of it.  Football is good, but cycling is better.  It has everything – superhuman team and individual efforts, tactics, controversy, glamour, secrecy and speed.  There are not idiots in cycling like Rio Ferdinand or El Hadji Diouf, only supreme athletes.  That’s right, they don’t spit on kids either.

But no matter the achievements of Team Sky and Sir Wiggo the highlight of the year, bar non, was the efforts of Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team and their ‘Space Jump’.

This was our generations’ moon landings.  It captured the world as we all watched Felix travel 24 miles up, towards the edge of space, and jump out of his capsule to accomplish the highest skydive ever.

I hope that 2013 can top what 2012 brought.  In addition to the above we have seen the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and the discovery of the Higgs Boson amongst many other things – it will be a hard year to follow.  On a personal note 2013 will see me moving house, changing job and starting an exciting venture with Middlesbrough Football Club.  I can’t wait!

I hope you all had a great time on New Years Eve and have a great 2013.

Joff

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