/ Representing your country in 2 sports.

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Ben_Climber - on 08 Oct 2017

As I write this I am watching England play Spain in the semi final of the European Amputee Football Championships.

Martin Heald is part of the team and some of you may know Martin as he is also on the `GB Para-climbing team.

It got me thinking, I do not know of anyone else who currently represents their country in two different sports. Does anyone know different?

PS. We are winning 2-0
Ben
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bouldery bits - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

No one springs to mind. What an impressive feat!
Greenbanks - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Brilliant stuff - a proper sporting role model for young people...
baron - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:
Rebecca Romero
Sorry, not currently, but still impressive.
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Padraig on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

IIRC Jack Maitland, a Scottish hill runner (when I knew him) represented his country in 4 sports?
Hill running
Triathlon
Orienteering
Duathlon

There might have even been another one??

wilkie14c - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Norman Wisdom played in the world cup final and in the ashes at lords
CEW on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Is Sarah Story too obvious an answer! Olympic swimming and cycling medals
BnB - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Denis Compton was one of the finest cricketers this country has ever produced, and, though he never played for England at football, won both the FA Cup and League Championship with Arsenal.

Rebecca R is the one who sprang to mind from the modern era, but did she perform on the international stage in both rowing and cycling at the same time?
no_more_scotch_eggs - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to BnB:

Not current

But Andy Goram represented Scotland at both football and cricket
BnB - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to no_more_scotch_eggs:

> Not current

> But Andy Goram represented Scotland at both football and cricket

Great trivia. Goram shall henceforth be known as the "Scottish Compton" in our house.
Deadeye - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Rob Andrew was actually a better cricketer than rugby player
Mooncat - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Woosnam

Deserves to be much better known than he is.
peppermill - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Sonny Bill Williams? Especially if you include the boxing.
The New NickB - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Kadeena Cox won gold medals in both Athletics and Track Cycling at the 2016 Paralympics.

Dave Perry - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

I once represented the Uk in a high speed morse code competition and when I later lived in Eire, I represented Eire at a hedgelaying competition in Holland.

Castleman - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

I know you said currently but in history...

Lord Desborough - not sure if he represented GB twice, but he excelled in a number of sports, and was a keen mountaineer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Grenfell,_1st_Baron_Desborough
Shapeshifter - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Mooncat:

Brilliant post never heard of him - the best film not yet made. The bit about him and Charlie Chaplin playing table tennis is a belter.
Ben_Climber - on 08 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

It’s amazing to hear about all these talented people!
England Amputee team in the final tomorrow against the hosts Turkey! Common Lads
Hat Dude on 09 Oct 2017
In reply to wilkie14c:

> Norman Wisdom played in the world cup final and in the ashes at lords

And he was a national hero in Albania but didn't turn down the throne like the exceptional C.B. Fry

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._B._Fry

felt - on 09 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Primož Roglic and Phil Neville, but neither currently nor at the same time
Hugh Janus - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:
Although his motor racing exploits weren't necessarily for his country, Alex Zinardi won 2 paralympic gold medals in handcycling for Italy at London 2012. A truly inspirational man.

Oh and isn't Wiggo trying to become an Olympic rower?
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Yanis Nayu - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

Rich Simpson
fred99 - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to Hugh Janus:

John Surtees - World Champion on both motorbikes and F1.
GrahamD - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

I'm sure we used to have a sprinter who also did bob sleigh but maybe I misremembered that one ?
Ian W - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to GrahamD:

No, loads of sprinters tried the bob events. Nigel Walker and mark Lewis Francis are ones I remember, and I think Allyn Condon also had a go....im sure there were others as well.

I'll also give a shout out to a friend of mine from Otley, Gill Myers, who didn't represent GB at anything, but has been both British Female Veteran Fell Running champion and British Female Enduro Motorcycling champion at various times.

Theres also Jeff Wilson, who was a test Rugby union and cricketer for Australia in the 90's and 00's.
Graeme Alderson on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to Ben_Climber:

There's a few people have played both codes of rugby.
Ian W - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

Too similar really; its like saying Carl Lewis represented USA in 2 sports because he did 100m and long jump.
Chris Harris - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to Ian W:

> No, loads of sprinters tried the bob events. Nigel Walker and mark Lewis Francis are ones I remember, and I think Allyn Condon also had a go....im sure there were others as well.


Nigel Walker - sprinting & rugby union for Wales.

Ian W - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to Chris Harris:

Mind you, theres an argument that his Rugby skills comprised catching a ball and sprinting! He was a bloody good finisher, though, so he did what he was paid to do.

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