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Pushing Patey to the limit

On Sat Aug 27th there are free sporting events across our region. Organised by ITV and the National Lottery, it could be the biggest sports day the country has ever seen. At Reading Rowing Club celebrity Ben Fogle is taking on members of Team GB at a sprint challenge. So we sent our sports presenter Andrew Pate along to have a go - with some advice from club member Leighton King.


The South in Olympics top 10

The South of England won 9 Gold medals at the Rio Olympics - putting it ahead of Italy, Australia and many other countries. Diver Chris Mears (Reading), Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (Caversham, Reading), Rowers Alex Gregory and William Satch (Henley) Golfer Justin Rose (Fleet), Sailors Giles Scott and Saskia Clarke (Weymouth) and Kayaker Liam Heath (Maidenhead) among our winners.

Gold for Team GB's hockey team in tense final

Great Britain's Nicola White celebrates scoring a goal during the final Credit: PA Wire

The women's GB hockey team, including players from Reading, Southampton and West Chiltington in West Sussex, have clinched a gold medal.

Following a tense final, Team GB drew 3-3 with the Netherlands and the match was taken to penalties.

Hollie Webb and Sophie Bray scored both of their penalties with attempts from the Netherlands hitting the post.

The win is even more impressive for the women players as it's the first time they've ever made it to the final of the competition.

Great Britain's coach Craig Keegan speaks to his players during the gold medal match Credit: PA Wire

Jemima back in saddle after horrific crash

Little more than a year ago, 27-year-old Jemima Green was left paralysed in a head-on crash which killed her best friend. As a competitive horserider, Jemima's injuries were devastating.

But 14 months on, the Dorset-based equestrian is back in the saddle and riding once more. And - thanks to a pair of bionic legs - she's also taking her first few tentative steps. Duncan Sleightholme reports.


Horse trainers and owners urged to take care of jockeys

Earlier this year, doctors urged schools to ban tackling in rugby - concerned that concussions can cause life long consequences for children.

The dangers of concussion caused by a blow to the head have been well recognised in recent years. Now the impact in the sport of horse racing has been re-examined.

New rules have been announced to help ensure jockeys are looked after at race meetings. And the British Horseracing Authority is urging trainers and owners to have a better understanding of the condition. Penny Silvester reports from Lambourn, the Valley of the Racehorse.

Pictures from Racing UK.

Has Weymouth benefited from Olympics legacy?

It's generally believed that staging the Olympic Games can bring prestige and material benefits to the host nation - but is that the reality?

Four years ago the Olympic sailing events were held in Weymouth and the Dorset town was put firmly on the international map. But have the promises of a lasting legacy actually come true? Duncan Sleightholme has been investigating.

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