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Sporting Heroes: After the Final Whistle

In a special documentary, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan looks at life after sport and the challenges competitive athletes face once their career is over. Travelling the world, he meets some of the biggest names in sport and investigates the many different issues that top sports stars face when retirement finally beckons.

With contributions from tennis icon John McEnroe, Open golf winner Darren Clarke, and former world heavyweight champion and successful businessman George Foreman, this is a fascinating insight into how very different sports stars deal with the major issues of retirement. Some, like boxer Herol Graham, struggle to cope and contemplate suicide, while for others such as former England football captain Tony Adams, sports are like a drug they cannot give up. For top sportswomen there are even more difficult choices to make as Olympic star Gail Emms found out when she was faced with the decision of having children or continuing with her career. And some, like promising England rugby star Matt Hampson, do not have the choice as tragedy strikes.

50 minutes

Last on

Mon 21 May 2012 23:35
BBC One Scotland, Wales only


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Vaughan
DirectorGed Clarke
ProducerGed Clarke
Executive ProducerJo McCusker