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What inspired you in 2004?
Around the Academy:

What's your personal sporting moment of the year?
Did your sporting feats match Kelly Holmes?

The Olympics, Euro 2004 and the Ryder Cup provided moments which would inspire the biggest coach potato.

What we want you to do is pick your favourite sporting memory of 2004 and tell us how it inspired you.

Did Kelly's golds make you take up running or did Federer's tennis get you on the court?

The most inspiring moments we receive will win one of five pairs of DVDs of the biggest sporting events of the year.

Have your say


Humza, 21, Bristol
Watching Monty obliterate the US at the Ryder Cup was the most inspirational sight of the decade! How fitting it was that he should hit the first drive of the Cup and sink the putt that won it.

And it's that putting which inspired me to try out a belly putter which has knocked my handicap down by 5 shots in two months!

Mark, 15, Belfast
The most inspirational sporting memory of the year was seeing Roger Federer play tennis, winning three Grand Slams!!

Ben, 13, Aveley
My greatest moment was when Kelly Holmes won the 800 and 1500 metres. Because of that I took up long distance running.

Chris, 25, Harare
My best sporting moment of 2004 was when Kirsty Coventry won bronze, silver and gold at the Olympics for Zimbabwe. She put our country on the map for the right reasons and she showed that persistence does pay. Gods bless you Kirsty.

Matt, 13, Lincoln
The Olympics inspired me the most as I now have joined my local badminton club.

Jon, 15, Plymouth
The most inspirational sporting moment of the year was Wayne Rooney scoring for England in Euro 2004. It's such an inspiration to see such a young kid playing for England.

Todd Hamilton
Hamilton: "A true inspiration"

Joanne, 16, Leigh-on- Sea
Todd Hamilton winning the Open was the inspirational sporting moment of the year for me. So much focus is put on the "favourites" that the other players are often overlooked. Hamilton played the final round with Ernie Els and many would have been intimidated about playing with one of golf's greats but Hamilton kept his nerve. He is a true inspiration and shows that if you keep trying, you never know what you might achieve.

Georgia, 13, Somerset
My most memorable moment was watching my school hockey team draw a match against a rival team. On the opposition's team was one of my best friends who left our school earlier this year so it was great to see her play again and a draw was a great result for both teams!

Emily, 16, Wallasey
The sporting moment that inspired me most this year was Paula Radcliffe winning the New York marathon. During the summer her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion were shattered. However, due to her dedication and sheer determination she picked herself up. By doing this she inspires everyone never to give up, but to keep on fighting.

Darren Bradwell, 39, Dronfield
My inspirational sporting moment of 2004 was a local one. To see three of the four junior girls football teams take to the field for the first time, the first in the history of Dronfield Town FC, and to see them enjoy themselves so much, will always inspire me to keep plugging away to help provide the opportunity for ALL local kids to play the beautiful game.

Adam, 13, Earl Shilton
I've started playing rugby for Market Bosworth and I've really been inspired by Lewis Moody and Leicester Tigers. I'm glad to see Leicester at the top of the Premiership.

Jason Hudson, 17, Uckfield
Ronnie O'Sullivan winning the Crucible World Championship, he is so inspirational and when at his best is so good to watch. He has inspired me a lot in 2004, especially after reading his autobiography.

James Miller, 24, Guildford
The most inspirational sporting memory of the year was Lance Armstrong winning a record 6th Tour De France. My girlfriend has been suffering from cancer this year and we have been reading his book and taking heart from his recovery and success. To see Lance achieve his dream by winning the Tour and breaking the record having once been so close to death was very inspirational and shows with belief determination and hard work you can achieve your goals.


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