Jamie Bowie: “Everyone was talking about the Commonwealth Games, being involved or going to go see it. It really was a huge thing.”

In the weeks leading up to a major international competition like the Commonwealth Games, plenty of different thoughts and emotions will be going through athletes' minds. Retired Great Britain sprinter Jamie Bowie knows exactly what that feels like. He ran in Team GB colours at European and World Championships, winning a silver medal in 2014 …

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Kirsty Gilmour: “It’s no skin off my nose, I’m just living my life and being me, so if some other person takes a little bit of comfort in that and we can all live a nicer, more open life, then that’s a good thing.”

From the age of four, it was difficult to get a badminton racquet out of Kirsty Gilmour's hands. Realistically, there was never any doubt she would go on to become a professional. Growing up in a family of badminton players, she went to Glasgow's school of sport to combine training and playing with her studies, …

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Lou Englefield: “What keeps me motivated is injustice.”

Chances are, anyone who has done any work towards promoting LGBTQIA+ inclusion in sport in the UK will have come across Lou Englefield at some point. Englefield is the director of Pride Sports, which runs the Football v Homophobia campaign among others, co-chair of Pride House International, a board member of the FARE Network and …

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Piero Zizzi: “I needed to give back to the community I had turned my back on for six years.”

Whenever you get an event that features countries from all around the world, there is a huge spotlight on it. That was certainly the case with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and with those being delayed for a year because of the pandemic it suddenly does not feel like there is too long to wait …

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Matt Hall: “I doubted myself, and I believed that I couldn’t go on.”

The Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 marked the first time that a Pride House was organised in conjunction with an international multi-sport event. Since then, it has become a regular part of major sporting events, with Pride Houses in place at the London Olympics in 2012, football's World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and the …

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