Former sprinter PAULA DUNN, who was "a key member" of PETER ERIKSSON's coaching team at the London Paralympics, has been named as U.K. Athletics’ new Paralympic head coach, according to Simon Hart of the London TELEGRAPH. The 47-year-old Dunn, who as an "able-bodied 100m sprinter won a European bronze and Commonwealth silver medal," will take up the role with immediate effect. Eriksson had vacated the job last month to take over from CHARLES VAN COMMENEE as head coach of the Olympic athletics program. U.K. Athletics Performance Dir NEIL BLACK said, "Paula played a significant role in the Paralympic team’s success at London 2012 and she is an outstanding appointment who will ensure continuity as well as further improvements in fulfilling this role." Dunn is the first of a "number of appointments that will be made in the next two weeks" as Black finalizes his elite coaching team for the next four-year cycle leading up to the Rio de Janeiro Games (TELEGRAPH, 11/21).
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Golfer RORY MCILROY has "no fears" that ditching the Titleist equipment that has taken him to world No. 1 will result in any diminishing of his golfing powers, according to the IRISH TIMES. The U.S. PGA champion’s switch to Nike clubs next season, a deal that media reports estimate will be worth €195M ($250M) over 10 years, has been "the subject of much debate." McIlroy was asked by reporters in Dubai if he had any concerns the change in clubs would jeopardize his confidence or form and replied, "No, not at all. I think all the manufacturers make great equipment nowadays and it’s all very similar -- a lot of them get their clubs made at the same factories. I don’t think it will make any difference" (IRISH TIMES, 11/21).
Former representative hockey player PHIL HOLDEN will take over as CEO of the New Zealand Rugby League, replacing JIM DOYLE who is "stepping down after three years in the job" (APNZ, 11/21). ... The Board of UTV Media announced the appointment of former England 2018 CEO ANDY ANSON and former European CEO of Clear Channel International COLINE MCCONVILLE as non-exec directors with immediate effect (UTV Media). ... Second Bundesliga club 1860 Munich board member HAMADA IRAKI "has resigned from his positions." The club said Iraki "has new professional goals" (DPA, 11/20).
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Former world boxing champion HECTOR "MACHO" CAMACHO "was shot in the face Tuesday outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico" (NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, 11/21). ... Real Madrid forward CRISTIANO RONALDO has donated €1.5M ($1.9M) to Palestinian children in Gaza, "the Arabic version of the club's Classico netowrk reports." Ronaldo gave his Golden Boot, which he received in '11, to the Real Madrid Foundation, which then sold it at an auction (RUSSIA TODAY, 11/21). ... Triple Gold Medalist sprinter USAIN BOLT "will not appear" in cricket's Big Bash Twenty20 League this year but "may consider switching to cricket or football after the 2016 Olympics. Bolt's agent RICKY SIMMS said, "Usain is currently an athlete focused on his preparations for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. He may try his hand at cricket or football when he retires from running, but that would be after 2016" (BBC, 11/20).
NO REGRETS: Former Championship club Bolton Wanderers player FABRICE MUAMBA "insists he has no regrets" after the cardiac arrest that ended his football career. He was guest of honor at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland and met with President SEPP BLATTER "to discuss plans for a future role and how his story could help the organisation raise health awareness issues" (Bolton). ... At the 2012 U.K. Coaching Awards, Olympic heptathlon Gold Medalist JESSICA ENNIS's coach TONI MINICHIELLO was awarded 2012 U.K. Coach of the Year, while he and U.K. Athletics Paralympics Program head coach PETER ERIKSSON, who just left the position last month, also received High Performance Coach of the Year awards (U.K. Athletics).
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