Sport... but not as you know it
Colin Jackson – currently in Beijing as one of the expert voices of the BBC's Olympics coverage – is back on BBC Radio Wales this Saturday in the first of a new series of Raise Your Game.
The magazine show hosted by Colin Jackson and Matthew Jones is returning for its third series and follows the themes of the highly successful Raise Your Game website – bbc.co.uk/raiseyourgame – inspiration, motivation, preparation, concentration, dedication, participation.
Colin Jackson opens his little black book to bring together elite sporting stars from Wales and the rest of the world.
They tell Colin their secrets for success and also share the personal stories behind their achievements.
Basketball superstar Luol Deng, from the Chicago Bulls, points out that, from his beginnings in the war in Sudan, he has risen to be one of the world's most highly paid players, recently signing a contract for $71million.
He tells Colin what keeps his feet on the ground. "I think sometimes you get caught up in your own little world. There is always someone out there that's having it tougher. I know how blessed I am and I always keep that in mind."
Formula 1's Jenson Button reveals that family means a lot to him in the midst of a very glamorous lifestyle.
He says: "I wouldn't say I'm lonely, but it's a very different life to what I thought I would have at 14 years old."
In addition, Davina McCall, Kate Silverton, Michel Roux and Camilla Dallerup all point out the positive effect sport has on their lives, no matter what their careers.
Each week, Welsh sporting dynasties spill the family secrets – from Craig and Derek Quinnell, Matthew and Tom Maynard, Lyn and Kathryn Davies, and more. They all have one thing in common... they all like to win.
Colin Jackson stresses the importance of Raise Your Game's message.
He says: "Particularly at this time, on the horizon of the Olympic Games, Raise Your Game can motivate and inspire people to make a change in their lives.
"Anybody wanting to raise their game – whether it's to get a new job, pass an important exam or even lose some weight and get fit – can learn some vital lessons! And there's a lot of fun too!"
Raise Your Game, BBC Radio Wales, Saturday 9 August 2008, 1pm,
Notes to Editors
This series of Raise Your Game was recorded before Colin Jackson went to the Beijing Olympics.
BBC Wales Press Office