A Golden Time for British Sport

Twenty-twelve was a great year for British sport.  65 medals , 29 of which were gold, in the home Olympics, 120 medals in the Paralympics (34 gold), a first-ever British Tour de France winner and a first tennis grandslam winner for 76 years. In all the excitement, it seemed to be forgotten that there was a British man on top of the golf rankings too.

After all the hype, it seemed inevitable that 2013 would seem a disappointment in comparison. Thankfully, this was not so. Chris Froome ensured back-to-back Tour de France winners; in rugby the British and Irish Lions beat Australia to win a series for the first time since 1997, and the first time beating Australia since 1989; Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the first time – the first British winner for 77 years – and at the time of writing, the England cricket team have already retained the Ashes at the earliest opportunity. Again golf has almost been forgotten with the general public, many not knowing that Justin Rose won the US Open, the first British person to do so for 17 years.

While Sport England figures show that participation has not quite hit the numbers many expected following the Olympic legacy, interest appears to be much higher in our stores. We stock rugby, tennis and cricket items in our stores and we expect rugby interest to increase on our newly launched website as the season fast approaches. We also have football and hockey items online as the respective seasons start, as well as running and fitness products ready to shed some holiday weight.

While we don’t have tennis or cricket items online yet, we hope to have them up and ready in early 2014, along with our swimming selection. Our stores in Abergavenny, Exeter, Exmouth, Frome, Minehead, Newton Abbott, Plymouth, Taunton, Tiverton, Truro, Warminster, Wells and Yeovil have the full ranges in stock though, so why not pay them a visit.

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