James Lawton: My pleasure and privilege, Katherine Grainger
You may say it is wretchedly self-serving, and you may be right, but there is still a compulsion to reproduce here a fragment of the beautifully written autobiography rower Katherine Grainger produced beside a Scottish loch after her superb Olympic gold medal triumph last year.
On page 238 of Dreams Do Come True (André Deutsch, £20) she writes: “As 2011 came to an end I read about Kauto Star, the champion racehorse. James Lawton in The Independent had written an article entitled, ‘Vintage Kauto Star gets better with age and makes everyone feel young again’. Lawton wrote, ‘There are all kinds of champions, human and equine, who claim a piece of the nation’s affection, but some of them offer a special gift. It is the idea that you are never done, that you can grow strong at those places which have been broken and, in the opinion of some, irreparably.’ It struck a nerve. And so I continued through the winter with the knowledge that it was about enjoying the racing again, focusing on the performance and never feeling I was ‘done’.”
She wasn’t, of course, no more than Kauto Star, and reminding a great athlete – and a fine writer – was much more a privilege than a chore.
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us