Namibia's First Blade Runner


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Etchegaray Nguluwe has represented Namibia in Paralympic sport at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. But, born with a club foot, he struggled to keep up in a category where many of the men he raced against had one leg amputated below the knee and used a prosthetic blade. In March of 2016, Etchegaray took the decision to have his foot removed. He has now been fitted with his own blade - a huge financial investment by Namibia's Paralympic Committee. Why do they think he is worth it? Do the Formula 1 drivers of today realise how much they owe to the pioneers of 1950? Amongst those lining up for the very first F1 race at Silverstone 67 years ago was a member of Thailand's royal family. Prince Bira was the driver, and he was managed by his cousin Prince Chula. Narisa Chakrabongse is Prince Chula's daughter. She tells Caroline about her family's involvement in the birth of Formula 1, how the pair would write their pit-lane boards in Thai so no-one else could work out their tactics and how the films her mother shot of the races helped her really get to know the father who died when she was just seven. Socrates captained one of the greatest Brazil teams of all time, yet spent more time thinking about politics than tactics. He was passionate, charming and hedonistic, but above all he was a thinker. Andrew Downie has written the first full biography of a man who introduced democracy to the football club where he made his name, even as the rest of Brazil was in the grip of a military dictatorship in the early 1980s. The council fields of Manchester are the new front line in the battle for supremacy between the city's two Premier League football clubs, United and City. Local boys have always made that journey from their local pitches to the biggest stage of all, but it is how both Manchester clubs are now pursuing children aged eight and younger that has brought comparisons with The Cold War, and an arms race. Knock-Out Sister is a bespoke boxing gym for Muslim women. The facility in Newcastle protects its members' privacy but allowed the BBC's Anna Foster in to see first-hand how the sport is helping women of all ages build their confidence and learn self-defence. A new study of water quality in public swimming pools has found that in 100% of cases, there was urine present. The survey, which was carried out in Canada, does not make for pleasant reading. So are public pools safe, and why don't people just leave the pool when they need to go for a wee? We hear from scientist, Fran Scott, and the Olympic Swimming medallist, Steve Parry (Photo: Etchegaray Nguluwe Credit: Michael Hamukwaya)

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