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Go Ukraine!

Huge congratulations to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko for his Olympic gold medal win in men’s aerials freestyle skiing! It was not expected.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Abramenko won the men's aerials freestyle skiing gold medal to break Belarus' dominance in the event at the Winter Olympics..

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Formula One (finally!) gets rid of “grid girls”

Formula One Race Podium Melbourne Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 20th March 2016 Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Sebastian Vettel F1

Formula One has just announced they won’t be using so-called “grid girls” anymore, and all I can think is: about bloody time.

These young women are employed to wear skimpy clothes and parade around with signs and such at the races, and then get doused in champagne on the podium at the end.

As the (male) BBC journalist put it:

‘Society is living through a defining moment in sexual politics. It is the time of #MeToo, and revelations of sexual harassment and worse by powerful men.

Some will see this decision as tokenistic and unnecessary. But the likelihood is that the vast majority of those people will be men.

In that context, it feels like an appropriate decision for the times, and one that F1 had to make.’

I have attended countless Formula One races – my father used to be heavily involved in motorsport – and I sat in some expensive seats.

And, you know what? The men around me, who were willing to fork out thousands of dollars to attend the races – men with a bit of grey at the temples and with children under ten beside them, and fully grey men with their wives in the next seat – turned into animals when the young women were paraded out onto the track.

Every time I sat in those stands, surrounded by reasonably affluent, allegedly classy men, I felt sick. They’d break out into wolf whistles and lewd comments and just generally be repulsive. It didn’t matter they had daughters and wives with them.

Good riddance to this horrendous practice.

These days Formula One has female team managers, and female drivers are making inroads (actually, the first female drivers were generations ago).

This is also the case with MotoGP, which is essentially the motorbike version of Formula One. Over there they have teenage girls riding, and yet they still parade the grid girls around the track. And, over in MotoGP, some of the young women are essentially dressed in fetish wear!

I know many men are going to be very upset about this. But, guess what? They’ll get used to it.

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RIP to Luis Salom, the rising Spanish motorbike racing star who was killed in a freak accident in Spain today. I have been following his MotoGP career for years, and the news this afternoon was a shock.

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Formula One in Melbourne

Just a shot of the Formula One podium this evening (taken from where we sat). It was quite the crazy race, and because of where we sit – on the start/finish line and facing pit lane – we got to see a lot of it (like the Ferrari on fire!), but I’ll go through my pictures when I get home.

Fernando Alonso’s crash was terrifying – how did he survive that?!

Formula One Race Podium Melbourne Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 20th March 2016 Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Sebastian Vettel F1

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At the Formula One

Merchandise for sale in Melbourne for the Formula One a few weeks ago. Fernando Alonso (right) was injured and so did not come to Australia for the race. I’ve seen Jenson Button win in Melbourne a couple of times.

Australian Formula One grand Prix Melbourne 2015 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Jenson Button Fernando Alonso 13th March 2015

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At the Formula One

One of the bike demonstrations near the Start/Finish line at the Formula One in Melbourne in March.

BMX Display Australian Formula One Grand Prix Melbourne 15th March 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

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Formula One Podium

This is the Australian Formula One podium from our seats on the 16th. We sit here every year, and at the end of each race the professional photographers come and stand in our area for their pictures. I guess that means we have good seats!

I can’t tell you how annoyed I am that the result of this race was changed afterwards. It’s so bad for the fans, the sport, everything when stuff like this happens. The atmosphere afterwards was amazing (and with no Sebastian Vettel on the podium – thank God – the crowd didn’t boo anyone).

Australian Formula One Podium 2014 16th March Melbourne Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

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