Side Lines

first_imgBannister, Chataway and Brasher; the four-minute-mile was something of a team achievement; without his pace makers the good doctor might never have breasted the tape in time. Had he been just a fraction slower a foreigner would have taken the plaudits that Bannister now laps up; there might have been no honours from a grateful Empire, and no celebration fifty years on at Oxford’s slightly less famous Iffley Road athletics track. Perhaps there would have been no subsequent British obsession with middle distance running – an obsession which spawned the great Cram, Coe and Ovett. Bannister, as he would certainly be the first to acknowledge, owes his pacemakers a great deal. In fact, so much individual success is actually the result of teamwork; the result of minions sacrificing themselves for the good of their superiors. Lance Armstrong, that modern day hero, is literally pulled up those steep Alpine climbs by his team mates most of whom will have to drop out because of the sheer exhaustion of breaking the still air in front of their leader; Paula Radcliffe’s amazing London marathon records have been aided by (male) pacemakers and Michael Schumacher’s victories have so often come at the expense of his team-mates. Of course these three are among the most talented sportsmen and women of this, or indeed any other, generation. It is this talent that assures them of their greatness. Even the greatest, though, have to rely on others from time to time. Individual records are hardly ever so simple a feat as we are afterwards led to believe by the historians eager to dramatise events and glorify names – if it wasn’t you crossing the line then you hardly count, it seems. At a time when everyone (us included) is quite rightly singing the praises of Bannister, Cherwell asks that everyone takes a minute or four to remember those without whom it quite literally wouldn’t have been possible – Chataway, Brasher and all your like: we salute you.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

Berger, Thaler named top lobbyists by The Hill

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler Wednesday were named top association lobbyists for 2015 by The Hill, a daily newspaper for and about Congress.According to The Hill, Berger and Thaler “work to ensure that credit unions retain a seat at the table as Washington debates a host of legislative and regulatory issues involving the financial sector.”Berger says all honors grow from the all-around team effort of NAFCU’s staff and members. “The credit for this recognition really goes to our entire government affairs team who put so much work on Capitol Hill and with the administration and at all the regulatory agencies,” said Berger. “In addition, I want to show my appreciation to our politically active members that support NAFCU’s legislative and regulatory efforts with their grassroots activities.”This is the 13th consecutive year that Berger has been named to the list and the eighth year for Thaler. continue reading »last_img read more