Posted on April 13, 2018 by Josh Puttock

Most people have, or have had in the past, a sporting hero. At any age, a sports star can offer so much; from style tips to an inspiring work ethic. They can be a go-to when it comes to motivation, too. So, knowing this, some of our staff have picked their best sporting stars. Read on to see if any match yours…

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier is one of my all-time sporting heroes for many reasons. His hard work and dedication to his craft, and to the extreme levels of training he had to endure to stay at the top of what I would say is the greatest era of Boxing, is amazing.

When Ali had his boxing license revoked due to refusing to be drafted for the US Army, Frazier lent Ali money and even went to the White House with a petition to help Ali get his Boxing license re-instated. He was a man of kindness and loyalty, which is very admirable.

He is often overlooked due to Ali’s achievements in and outside of the ring but, for me, Smokin’ Joe Frazier was and still is a source of inspiration and motivation. He was a great example of how to compose yourself, and he would always put in the hard work and persevere.

By Luke Trim, Beaufort Park

Jessica Ennis Hill

Sporting heroes are important to inspire and motivate people to be more active and live a healthier life. They are an example of the determination, consistency, and hard work it takes to be the best you can be. I think female role models are even more needed too, as sport is still seen as too male focused.

Athletes like Jessica Ennis Hill around the London Olympics in 2012 changed the idea of women in sports a bit, and her achievements might have helped some people begin their own fitness journey that results in good health and other great benefits.

Another great sporting legend is Serena Williams, who once replied to a journalist who called her one of the greatest female athletes of all time with the comment “one of the greatest athletes of all time”. That really does speak for itself! We need heroes and role models as they can, in some cases, be our voice.

By Jefferson Agudelo, Dickens Yard

Anthony Joshua

I personally am not a person who idolizes people when it comes to sports, as I prefer to focus on my own progress. However, the athlete I am going to mention in this blog is Anthony Joshua. Anthony Joshua has, within the last few years, become one of the top boxers in the UK. He has become a proper sporting figure and an overall influence on many people’s sporting lives.

Anthony came from a difficult background, initially being caught for possession of drugs and spending a lot of time in court because of this. Soon after Anthony decided to get into the gym and begin training. Sticking to a more bodybuilding based regime he ended up switching over to boxing. Due to his physicality, standing at 6”6 and being a muscular build he climbed the ranks with relative ease.

However, Anthony also trains like an absolute monster, spending around 4 hours a day training, even more so with a fight coming. At the time of writing this, Anthony is currently 20-0-0 and has shook up the heavy weight division. The reason that Anthony is viewed as such an inspiration to people is because of his unwavering work ethic and his charismatic personality that makes him endearing to the public.

I chose him however as a sporting idol, because he is the embodiment of the saying that hard work and patience bears fruit with discipline and a good work ethic. Another reason is due to the fact that it doesn’t matter where you come from, or what you’ve done before, you can still rise and become one of the best with hard graft.

By Thomas Camber, Chelsea Creek