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Many people have heard of David Hempleman-Adams, Antarctic explorer and adventurer, but not many have heard of Amelia Hempleman-Adams, David’s daughter who is very much like her father. Amelia clearly has her father’s adventurer genes and it was at the age of sixteen that she decided she wanted to embark on her first South Pole adventure with dad.
What it Took
Training to survive in the harshest landscape on earth is no walk in the park, as the stunning Amelia Hempleman-Adams learned. It was more of a walk around inside the igloo hypothermic conditions of Iceland’s – as in the supermarket – freezer. Dressed in complete Arctic gear and looking treble her normal size, Amelia spent a lot of time in the -27C freezer surrounded by frozen fish fingers. Hilarious, yes, bitterly cold, definitely, and absolutely essential to her survival, without a doubt, this is how Amelia’s father trained for his Antarctic trek and he expected the same from her.
Just because a person has a disability of some sort, does not mean they can do anything less than an able bodied individual. This sentiment is even further cemented when we look at deaf athletes. Hearing impairment treatment and hearing aids assist considerably to improve lives. These inspirational people do not let their disability hamper their goals and dreams and in this interesting article, the Chatterfest team looks at three amazing, famous deaf athletes.
Famous deaf athletes
This deaf athlete is a swimmer and a really great one too. Terrance Parkin won second place at the 2000 Olympic Games for the 200 meter breaststroke. This famous Athlete has been swimming since he was 12-years-old and when swimming at the Olympics, his coach would stand in clear sight and signal when the race was to start.
David and Victoria Beckham have been active participants in the 2012 Olympics. Starting with David Beckham carrying the Olympic Torch in an exciting Thames stunt during the opening ceremony, the excitement ended with Victoria taking to the stage of the closing ceremony for a Spice Girls performance that has since sparked rumours of a reunion tour.
David Beckham Roars across Thames
London boat trips taken to a whole new level, the 27th of July saw David Beckham make his independent bid for the Olympics in a “Max Power” speedboat. Providing audiences with a unique spectacle that they aren’t likely to forget, Becks carried the Olympic flame through Tower Bridge while piloting the vessel in a manner reminiscent of James Bond.
London’s Thames River was once described by a British MP as “liquid history”, and the iconic waterway has long been a hub of commercial and leisure activities. Here you’ll see everything from international container ships to skiffs, canoes, kayaks and even houseboats; but should you fancy a Thames swim this summer, you’ll be out of luck. Swimming in the Thames will be officially banned as of July 1st, as the river is becoming ever busier and is certainly not considered a safe environment for swimmers.
The celeb rumour mill has been working overtime this past week as sources say that the beautiful Christine Bleakley could soon be the latest lady to join the ranks of the UK’s oh-so-glamorous footballers’ wives. The Daybreak presenter has been dating Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard since October 2009, and the blissful couple have been surrounded by rumours of an impending engagement ever since. We all know how popular Thames party boat hire and boat weddings are among UK celebs, and it seems Frank Lampard is no exception – he is expected to pop the question aboard a luxury yacht belonging to his boss, Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.
One household that is doomed to be successful in every venture they undertake is the Beckhams. From pop singer to football star to fashion designer and model, this thriving family know how to clock in the hours and to get the big bucks. The newest endeavour is David Beckham’s debut fashion collection of men’s bodywear. Following in the fashion-forward footsteps of wife Victoria Beckham the new David Beckham fashion range will be trendy yet still sports inspired.
Birmingham-born entrepreneur Chris Swan is every bit as passionate as football as he is about developing businesses – and he’s been taking steps to make his favourite sport a bigger part of his lifestyle. The widely-respected executive coach has just taken over Redditch United, the oldest football club in the Midlands.
During 2010, Chris Swan opened negotiations with Kidderminster Harriers, local rivals of the Redditch United football club. Mr Swan intended to help with stabilise the finances of the struggling club, but after months of negotiating, he eventually withdrew his interest in February. This turned out to be very lucky for Redditch United; the team has been facing challenges on and off the pitch, and will undoubtedly benefit from Mr Swan’s years of experience in growing businesses.
Last weekend, stellar cricketer Jacques Kallis was named man of the match in the first Test against India, during which he scored his maiden double century. Only hours later, he found himself in need of panelbeaters services as his luck off the pitch took a turn for the worse.
Any South African sports fan will have avidly followed the illustrious career of cricket star Jacques Kallis, whose formidable batting skills and outstanding Test match performances have earned him praise as one of the game’s greatest all-rounders. Of course, SA celeb-spotters are less concerned with Jacques Kallis’ batting average and more interested in his girlfriend, fashion preferences and recent hair transplant therapy. The 35-year-old cricketer made headlines again this week when he lost control of his car – a luxurious Audi R8 – and crashed into a steel gate of a house in Wynberg.
Notable Australian fashion footwear house UGG has recently announced a partnership with Tom Brady, husband to Gisele Bundchen and quarterback for the New England Patriots. Tom Brady is a size 12 foot, therefore he may require some boot shapers to squeeze into a tight pair of UGG’s! This is now the second footwear deal that Tom Brady has signed this month – last month he was announced as the spokesperson and shareholder for Under Armour, an insanely popular range of clothing that specializes in waterproof wear.
After conquering cancer, Martina Navratilova is now ready to conquer the second tallest mountain in the world, namely Mount Kilimanjaro. An estate agent Putney may have seen her at the Altitude Centre – as this is where her interview had taken place. Martina Navratilova is back and she is stronger than ever, it took more than a Ductal Carcinoma to scare one of the best tennis players the world has ever seen. Her last time on court was back in 2006 and Martina Navratilova was regarded as a national treasure, despite the fact that she is Czechoslovakian and not British. Martina Navratilova herself has said that, “I think you’re getting confused – between a being national treasure and someone who was just around a long time.”