There’s a perfect storm this summer – and it’s taking place on our televisions. The rise of women in sport has been gathering pace for years. Now – thanks to commercial pressure, the push for equality and some incredible momentum provided by the sportswomen themselves – they find themselves in their strongest-ever position..
2016 is Channel 4’s Year of Disability, marking its commitment to increasing on and off-screen representation of disabled people across the schedule.
Almost two-thirds of all on-screen talent during the Paralympics coverage are disabled.
The channel’s runaway hit from the 2012 Paralympic Games, The Last Leg, will be placed at the heart of the coverage, and will come live from Rio every evening at 8pm.
Sandie Shaw (1967)
Sandie Shaw was already a huge star before entering the competition under the UK flag in 1967. The 'barefoot pop princess' was a hit in Europe, having recorded songs in French, German, Spanish, and Italian
Her song 'Puppet on a String' was not Shaw's first choice - in fact, she wasn't keen to appear in the contest at all. Coerced by her management, Shaw performed and went on to not only win Eurovision but become the first woman to reach no.1 in the UK chart three times.