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Coming up on today's show,
we launch the Blue Peter Sport Badge 2016.
As well as that, scientist Greg Foot
is here to tell you all about the science behind sports balls.
-Linds, sorry I'm late. Did you say launch the sport balls?
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hello and welcome to live Blue Peter.
-Stop that, it hit a cameraman.
To celebrate today, we are telling you it's only 99 days to go
until the Olympic Games in Rio, and we are getting very excited,
so we're launching this little beauty.
It is of course the Blue Peter Sport Badge 2016.
There is so much on today's show. I try my hand at roller derby.
-A lot of fun, a lot of falling over.
-Bet you had some bruises.
As well as that, I take on a hockey challenge -
not very good - with Team GB's Lily Owsley. She is amazing.
You can see that, but we want to hear from you.
We want you to tell us
how you're going to earn the Blue Peter Sport Badge 2016.
Get inspired, jump onto the Blue Peter website, leave a comment,
and we'll read out as many as we can at the end of the show.
But first, for our sports spectacular, we're
joined by these three sporting legends.
She is fresh off the pitch from last year's Fifa World Cup in
Canada - football's Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton.
He brought home a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London,
and has set the bar high for Rio this summer. Going for gold,
Olympic gymnast Kristian Thomas.
She's the owner of ten world records and four Paralympic gold medals,
and she's hoping to make a splash in this year's Games.
Super swimming champion Ellie Simmonds.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Come on in, guys!
Steph, Kristian, Ellie in the house.
Guys, thank you so much for coming on to Blue Peter to help us
-celebrate the Blue Peter Sport Badge 2016. Shall I show it to you?
Here we go. Look at that!
So, we have the 2013 badge, the 2014 badge,
the 2015 badge and the one we're here for - the 2016 badge,
designed by our competition winner, Sam.
Here's a picture of him looking absolutely thrilled to bits
with his badge. And, by the way, check this out.
This is Sam with his very own
billboard on one of the busiest streets in all of Manchester.
He's officially a celebrity. Sporting celeb.
So, please keep an eye out for all of his billboards -
he's now a legend, it's official.
You guys know that this little
badge is all about inspiring a family member, a friend -
basically anyone - to get involved with sport,
so what inspired you three to start sport? Steph.
I think for me it was my dad.
I think ever since I was able to walk or run,
it was always a ball at my feet, and ever since then,
I love the sport, and thankfully it's my job now.
Nyree Lewis inspired me to want to go and set my dream and
set my target to go to a Paralympics and get a gold medal.
-And you did that, by the way. Just in case you're wondering.
Kristian, what about yourself?
I don't like telling my brother too often,
but it's actually thanks to him, because he was always the one
with the excess energy, and climbing things
and getting into mischief, so my parents just took him to a gym
club and I just wanted to follow and do exactly what he did, and luckily
I found a sport that I was good at and really enjoyed from a young age.
-We're in the presence of sporting legends.
I'm going to be embarrassed
when they see our films later of us trying sport. Not good.
Anyway, today... Thank you, guys, we'll be chatting to you later.
..we are going to be playing Spot Shelley. It's a fun old game.
-I know she's there - this one doesn't count.
But if you see her later on in the show, hiding
somewhere in the studio, head online and let us know.
I think it's pretty fair to say that we are in
the midst of great people, inspirational people.
-Well, I got inspired myself, because I tried a brand-new sport.
The most important thing about any Blue Peter challenge is preparation.
You've got to know what you're doing
and you need the right equipment.
So when I was told I was taking on roller derby, I knew exactly
what was needed.
'My snazzy hair rollers.'
I've completely got this wrong.
Roller derby is actually a fast-paced, frenetic
sport on roller skates.
Created in America way back in the 1930s, it involves players trying
to lap each other around a track, and it's now becoming popular here.
So, I'm going to give it a go.
And Emma from the Leeds Roller Dolls is going to help me.
Or, should I call her Tricksy?
"Tricksy." Where's that from?
It's because I mess around on track,
and everyone gets their own name in roller derby.
-And do I need to make my own name up for this?
-That would be great,
if you could, I'm sure the girls will help you.
OK, that is definitely happening.
Tricksy has arranged for me to train with the girls junior team,
but how do you play roller derby?
Well, two teams of five people go head-to-head on track.
They're made up of blockers and jammers.
Here, the blockers are trying to stop the jammer scoring
points by skating past them.
Staying within the orange lines of the track,
the jammer has to try and complete a lap,
and they score points for every person they skate past.
I've seen how points are scored,
but I've never seen how you stop people from scoring.
How do you do that?
Well, what you have to do is you use your body to stop them.
What we'll be doing today is positional blocking, which means I
can move in front of you and things, but I can't throw a hit into you.
-Do I need any equipment?
-Yes, you need a couple of bits.
-Two wrist guards.
-Of course, yes. Thank you.
-Elbows. For falling.
Kneepads. For falling.
Skates. Probably for falling.
-And a helmet.
-Right, OK. Thanks, Tricksy.
Better, uh, get my skates on. Ha!
And now I've got my gear on, I've come up with my name.
Let me introduce you to Ra...
Ahem! Roller derby is a sport that both boys and girls can play,
but it does help if you can roller skate.
So I'm going to have a go at some training drills.
If you're going to play roller derby,
you need to be able to do our obstacle course.
-An obstacle course?
-Show him, girls.
'What, that? Looks easy.
'OK, it turns out it's not that easy.'
The next thing we need you to be good at for roller derby is speed.
-I was thinking a game of tag.
-Amazing, I love tag.
-OK, bring in the girls.
# Here come the girls
# Here come the girls... #
'The aim of this exercise is to try and grab a coloured bib.
'It should help me
get used to quickly changing direction on skates.'
I'm not very good at this. 'But then...'
We got a bib!
Tricksy, you've put me through my paces.
-Am I ready to hold my own against these girls?
OK, I've read between the lines and I'm going to give it a go anyway.
Wish me lots...
'Here we go, one 30-minute game of roller derby.
'I'm going to be the jammer, so it's up to me to skate past the blockers,
'get round the track and overtake the other team to score points.
'Getting past those blockers and staying within the orange
line limits for the track is actually really hard.
'Every time I go outside of the track...' No!
'..it's a foul.
'And although I'm a beginner,
'this youth team aren't going easy on me.'
I've scored no points.
'The only way I'm going to get past is with a little trick.'
Your shoelaces are undone.
'I can't believe it worked!
'I've made it past the blockers!
Now, all I need to do is try and get round the track
'and lap the other team to score some points.
'But once again, my skating skills let me
'down and I go outside of the orange lines.
'At least it's progress. Maybe I CAN actually score points.'
I just need to stay on the track.
I'm getting the hang of this, just about.
It's amazing what you learn... Yeah?
Just to inform you, you've just got seven penalties.
That means you're fouled out
So if you'd like to remove your skates
and return to your bench area.
Oh! Oh! I'm off!
'I've left the track so many times, I'm out.
'It just goes to show how tough this sport is.
'And although I've absolutely loved having a go at roller derby,
'I'm not sure my team is going to miss Radical Radzi.'
Roller derby, what a sport.
Now, though, I want to talk about inspiration.
So, Steph, we'll start with yourself.
So, you are the England and Man City women's football captain.
So how do you inspire your team-mates before a match?
For me, it's just all about having them conversations with the girls,
and making sure that they're OK and they're up for the game.
And obviously the team huddle, as well -
it's important what I say to gauge how the girls are feeling.
And, for me, to just play as well as I possibly can
and lead by example throughout the game and in training, as well.
And you do just that. And Kristian,
I took part in a gymnastics challenge
myself on Blue Peter and it wasn't until then that
I realised how popular gymnastics is with all the viewers at home.
So how do you feel to think you are inspiring
millions of people to potentially take up gymnastics?
I mean, it's absolutely fantastic.
It really is a great feeling to know that I've been part of helping
to raise the profile of the sport over the last ten years.
And we seem to be getting bigger and bigger and bigger.
And that can only be a good thing for the sport.
And, as I said, to be part of that and to be inspiring people,
whether they are doing it at schools,
after-school clubs, wherever it is, yeah, it's a great feeling.
And Ellie, where do we start with yourself?
Whether it's your world records, your Paralympic gold medals
or your Blue Peter Gold badge... I mean, when you're on the start line,
and you're about to enter the water, how do you handle that pressure?
Some days I don't know how I do it.
I think sometimes I get really nervous and just be able
to cope with it. I think you've got to use the confidence from all
the training, and this is something that I love to do - swimming -
so I just go out there and race and just enjoy it.
Well, talking about pressure, you at home have kindly sent
in the questions that you'd like us to ask the superstars on the show.
But there's a little bit of a catch. You've 90 seconds in which to do so.
-Are you up for it?
Without further ado, three, two, one, off we go.
Steph Beige Caramel Chicken - Steph, what made you pick football?
My dad, really.
Ellie, Olive Sweet Onion -
how often do you train and how do you feel after you train?
So I train nine times a week
and sometimes, after, I just want to sleep for days.
I don't blame you! Kristian, Carmine Chatty Turtle -
what was your favourite sports day activity?
Good. Kristian again, Peach Riding Zebra -
when did you realise you wanted to become an Olympian?
Er, when I was probably about 14 years old.
Steph, Peach Calm Seahorse - what's your favourite emoji?
Er, the one with the hands over the face.
We don't have many!
Ellie, Crimson Party Butterfly - good name -
what tips would you give to children to get into sport?
Just go out there and find a sport that you really enjoy and have fun.
This positivity's what I love. Ellie, Sapphire Sowing Lemur says -
What foods do you eat for breakfast to keep fit?
Oh, I like anything, but I think porridge at the minute.
I'm really into it.
Nice. Steph, Ginger Symbol Dude says -
what is it like to be an England captain?
Ellie, Red Black Summery Puffin -
what's your favourite subject at school?
Kristian, Lime Sparkly Go -
if you had a pet unicorn, what would you call it?
James, middle name!
Steph, Too Bling Badger -
do you have any pets and what are their names?
I have a dog called Ollie.
Ellie, Star Stone Musical Mosquito -
if you had a celebrity brother or sister, who would it be and why?
Erm, David Beckham, because he's cool.
Oh! Give these guys a round of applause!
Oh, my goodness gracious.
Well, now, however, it is time to get behind the Team GB greats.
And if you want to do that, you can win yourself one of these.
The Blue Peter Sport badge is all about inspiring others to
take part in sport.
Maybe you're cricket crazy,
hooked on hockey or fanatical about football.
Whatever your choice of sport, you could earn a sport badge.
Between now and September, get a friend involved
in your sport.
Take them golfing, bring them to badminton,
it really is up to you.
But get a picture of you both taking part
and go to the Blue Peter website and fill in the application form.
Make sure your teacher, coach or parent signs it
and then pop it in the post and wait.
By applying for your Sport badge,
you could become one of the judges
for the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.
To get involved, ask your parent or guardian and then tell us
why you would make a great judge.
One Sport Badge-holder will get to sit on the judging panel
and go to the awards ceremony.
Badge applications are open until 30 September and you have to
inspire someone this year to be in with a chance of receiving one.
So, go on, be inspiring and get involved.
You want to get involved, don't you?
Well, we are working alongside BBC Sport's Get Inspired.
It's all part of the Blue Peter Sport Badge 2016,
and if you want to get your hands on it,
jump on to the Blue Peter website,
print out this beautiful form here, or you can do it on the other
side, as well, whichever one you want to do!
-Fill out both...
-Fill out both sides of the form!
Now, as we said, it's only 99 days to go
until the Olympic games in Rio.
We're very excited, because there's a whole summer of sports ahead.
And to celebrate that, head down this way, because we have
covered the big badge board in all of your brilliant sporty post.
Have a look at it here.
If you can see some of your post,
you've earned yourselves a Blue Peter badge. So, well done, you.
Someone who's done that is Bethan, who's ten. Check this out.
She's ahead of the game, because she's done me there,
and it says, "321...hockey!"
And I've got my sticks and my balls there. I'm ready to play.
Well, Bethan, keep your eyes peeled -
you'll see that film very soon.
Now, Oscar from Cambridgeshire, you've done something
which I've never tried, and that's fencing.
Look at this wonderful picture you've got here.
Inside the Blue Peter shield is you, fencing.
You said you enjoyed it so much,
you've even joined your local fencing club.
And that has earned you a Blue badge. Well done, Oscar.
August, who's ten, from Norwich, has sent this in. Check it out.
It's all three of us doing our little sporty challenges.
Barney here, he's a bit sweaty because the sun's out
and he's on his bike but look, the wheel goes round
and round. We love that.
And then you've got me next to my football
doing my refereeing challenge.
I've got a yellow card, and, of course, the dreaded red card, there.
Then you've got the muscliest man ever -
it's actually Radzi training with Daniel.
He's got the gym kit, and up here it says, "Go, Radzi!"
We love that. Thank you. You've earned yourself a badge. Well done.
And thank you to every single one of you
who sent in some fantastic post you can see here.
That's right. Now, it wasn't just Radzi
who took on a sporting challenge this week.
I picked up my hockey stick and had a go, as well.
It's hard to believe it's been nearly four years
since the 2012 Olympics came to London.
Words cannot do justice to how I feel.
This is a tremendous run by Jessica Ennis.
The action, the atmosphere, and of course the glory.
Have you ever seen anything like that?
It aimed to be an event that inspired a generation.
And one of those people that was lucky enough to experience it
was 16-year-old Lily Owsley.
Lily saw Team GB play hockey and decided to have a go at the sport.
After four years of sheer dedication,
she's made it into the squad
that will be hoping for Olympic gold in Rio. What a story!
Now, I've played a little bit of hockey before,
but I'm going to find out how you become an international athlete
in such a short space of time.
This is the home of British hockey and it's where Lily
and the team are busy training for the Olympics.
Hang on, was that...?
Nah, must've been my imagination.
-Good to meet you, how you doing?
Yeah, good, thank you.
Now, when you were sat watching
the Olympics in 2012, watching the hockey,
did you ever imagine that in 2016 you would actually be going
and taking part and representing GB?
Not at all.
Honestly, I was watching it with my family
and I was kind of like, "Wow!"
I had no idea international hockey could be this amazing,
these girls could be so good at hockey.
And you haven't always played hockey, have you?
It's quite a new sport to you. So how did you get so amazing?
I was an athlete. I was an 800-metre runner and a footballer,
so I kind of had the physical attributes
and I'm about team sport
and it was kind of just getting that hockey side of things,
yeah, I guess it's pretty important.
Now, at Blue Peter, we love getting involved,
so can you show me some skills?
Yeah, of course, and get you some kit.
Brilliant, sounds good, let's do it.
Right, what we're going to do is dribble round the cones,
and it's for your hand-eye coordination.
-Yeah, you go first.
-Yeah, and you just copy exactly what I do.
'Wow, that is fast!
'Let's see how I compare.'
Oh, I hit a cone.
It's all right, it's all right, it's fine. Didn't see it!
How do you think we'll get on that Rio?
I think we'll win gold. Definitely.
You don't train, like, every day, day in, day out, to win silver.
We think we can win gold,
and, yeah, that's what we're going to try and do.
What do friends and family make of all this?
Do they think it's amazing that you're going to Rio
and representing Team GB?
Oh, they absolutely love it.
Like, my friends and family, yeah, first people to get behind me.
Well, listen, good luck in Rio. Thank you for today.
I think I've got my hockey skills up there.
Oh, no, we're definitely not finished.
I've got another challenge for you.
We'll see what happens.
I thought that might happen!
It's time to see how I measure up against a Team GB athlete.
The challenge today is to score a penalty against me, but first
you have to dribble past one of the meanest defenders in the game.
Radzi and Barney? LILY LAUGHS
Do you know what? I knew I'd seen them today somewhere.
'Can I put my brand-new dribbling skills to the
'test against one of Britain's best hockey players and, er...
'Well, these two?
'Straight away, I leave Radzi standing.
'He's no match for my new skills.
'And then it's just me versus Lily.'
'Oh, yeah. Rio, here I come.' THEY LAUGH
-The defenders let you down a little bit, I think.
-Yeah, I know.
So, um...any space on the plane to Rio for me, do you think?
Not quite, I don't think. A bit more maybe. A bit more practice.
Yeah, I knew you were going to say that. Do you know what?
You've shown me today that with a lot of hard work, dedication and
a lot of practice, you really can make your dreams come true,
so thank you.
-Well done. Good luck in Rio. I'll be there.
Yeah, don't think I'll make it to Rio on the hockey team, do you?
Make sure you head online if you want to see Lily
and I doing a bit more hockey skills together.
It's "How many keepie-uppies can we do?"
See if you can beat my score.
Just a clue - it's low.
Now, how do those hockey balls do what they do?
Well, here to answer that question is
super scientist Greg Foot, everyone.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-Greg, you're back to Blue Peter.
And you're going to be talking about the sports with science today,
-the science behind sports.
Because it's not always just down to talent
and really hard training and brainpower.
Sometimes it's actually down to equipment. Is that right?
Absolutely. So, so many sports involve kicking or throwing
-or hitting a ball through the air.
The key to success is doing that as far or as fast
or as accurate as possible.
And that's not just down to the player's skill.
It's also down to the design of the boot or the racket or
the design of the ball.
Ah, speaking of the ball, what are you going to show us today?
It's the FA Cup final soon, and the Euros,
-so let's have a look at the football first.
Now, normally a ball moves through the air
and you can't see the air around it, but watch this. Look at this.
-This is amazing.
-So, the ball flies through the air. Look at this.
And what you can see here is all the air from the front of it
rushing round to the back.
-And you see all that messiness there?
We call that turbulence.
We call it drag, because all the air has rushed around,
it's bumping around and it's made a wake behind it.
A wake is the word we use when a boat zooms through the water,
-isn't it, and it leaves a wake behind it?
-Exactly the same.
And that's messy water behind. This gets messy air behind.
And the key is if you can design a ball such that the wake
is smaller, is thinner,
-then the ball will travel further or faster or be more accurate.
Does this mean there is a group of very clever people who basically
design sports balls and sports equipment to work very effectively?
-Absolutely. They're called sports engineers.
-Cool job title.
This is one of the bits of kit they might use. This is a wind tunnel.
What I want to do is show you how air moves over different-size
and shape balls.
So, let's have a look at this one first.
We've got a glamorous assistant, I should say.
Chalky's here just getting ready.
So, there's the air moving over the smoke.
-This is just a smooth ball for now. You see the orange string?
It's going absolutely wild and that's because of
-that turbulent air, that wake behind it.
So, that can show you exactly what's happening.
Now, Lindsey, you'd think that the smoother a ball is,
-the easier it is going to cut through the air.
-So, why then do we have golf balls
that have dimples on them?
I thought that would move slower.
If I was going to guess,
I'd say that would move slower through the air.
Let's have a little look. Let's pop it in the wind tunnel.
Let's have a look what's happened.
The thing is, we found out that when balls got chips on them,
like, little bits knocked out of them, they actually flew further.
And look at the orange string now.
It's going less wild, so it's slightly smoother.
-Much smoother, isn't it?
So, there's a smaller wake behind this golf ball.
Look at this animation that we've made. Look at this. This is great.
So, there's the golf ball. The air's flowing over the top of it.
Thanks to those dimples, the air sticks closer to the ball
for longer and you get a thinner wake like that.
That's so clever.
Now, the key is, thanks to those dimples, you get a thinner wake.
A thinner wake means less drag. It slows down less.
And, actually, a golf ball goes three times further than just
-a purely smooth sphere.
-I would never have guessed that.
Isn't it amazing?
Now, Wimbledon's just around the corner and I love it.
They use kind of fluffy tennis balls, don't they?
-Why are they all fuzzy?
-Why are tennis balls fluffy?
Right, have a look.
Here's a very fluffy tennis ball. Let's put it in here.
Now, the thing is, you don't want to make all balls travel faster.
-Look at what's going to happen.
-Look at this.
Look at that string behind. It is going all over the place.
Dancing in the air, isn't it?
It's because there is such a huge wake behind a tennis ball,
deliberately, because in tennis you want to slow the ball down,
-otherwise the serve would just fly out the back of the court.
So they're designed to be that way.
The moral is, don't play golf with a tennis ball or the other
-way round, cos it's all going to go very wrong, isn't it?
-Yeah. Exactly right.
Greg, you fantastically explained the sports science behind balls.
I've got another question for you.
Can you explain the sports science behind our sporting elite
-we have here?
-OK, I'll try.
So, loads of training obviously goes in to you guys achieving
the heights that you have,
but you can kind of say that there are three different
types of body shapes in, kind of, Olympic sport and Paralympic sport.
What you've got is you've got ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph.
Steph, I'd say you're an ectomorph, OK? You're tall.
You're quite slight. There's not much muscle, not much fat.
You've got great stamina.
Of course, you need to have that for your sport, right?
Yeah, of course, because football lasts 90 minutes and for me
it's all about performing to a high standard for 90 minutes, so to have
a lot of stamina and produce all the movements is what I need to do.
Yeah. So, Christian and Ellie, I'd say you are a mesomorph.
So, this is you've got slightly more muscle, slightly more power
and you use that in gymnastics and swimming, of course.
-And the third one is an endomorph.
Yeah, so have a look at this. This is Ciaran. Here is Ciaran.
-Much bigger lad, right? He has got bigger joints.
He has got wider hips.
And he uses the power and his strength
and his body weight in sports like rugby, of course, for him.
The thing is, those are just kind of three ideal, like, shapes.
No-one really fits into each one exactly. You're kind of a mixture.
So, everyone that's watching needs to just go and try loads of
sports, do what you love, practice, practice, practice,
but it's all about this. The brain.
The drive and the passion.
I love that. You're getting really passionate. An inspiring speech.
Greg Foot, everyone. Thank you for coming in.
And if you want to know what kind of body type you are
and what sport would suit you, head to the Blue Peter website.
The address is just there.
And you can take a little quiz that will tell you.
And whilst you're on the website, why don't you see Barney's clips?
He was set the challenge to name as many sports
as he could in alphabetical order.
It's very funny. Check it out.
W we can have, that's easy.
W's obviously, erm, women's basketball.
Women's football. W...
U, V, W, X.
X, Y is yachting.
And Z is...
There's just no use here, is there?
Z is... There's a sport with Z and the sport is...
Erm, I don't...
Let's just leave the Z, shall we?
I will never get bored of seeing Barney get hit with stuff like that.
-We miss him.
-We do miss him.
Now, at the start of the show, we asked you how you will earn
your Blue Peter Sport Badge 2016.
Loads of you got in touch, including Apricot Teeny Duck,
who says, "I will teach my best friend Beth to start tae kwon do."
-Very, very cool.
Lemon Cookie Jaguar says,
"I'm going to inspire my whole school to play tennis.
"I have organised a tournament
"and even the teachers are getting involved. It's going to be awesome."
That sounds good, doesn't it? A mini Wimbledon. I like it.
As long as they take on the teachers.
Cos I'm in if that is the case.
-Would you like to read one out, Ellie?
So, hi, Cloudy Apple.
"I'm going to be inspiring my best friend Ayesha to play football,
"because I believe that girls rock at football."
Teal Star Camel says, "I'm going to inspire my friend to play
Awesome. That is hard, as well.
Salmon Bongo Gerbil - possibly the coolest name -
"I'm going to teach my sister how to dance as it's really fun."
-Dancing is fun.
-We've had loads of great comments. Thank you very much.
-No, not happy dance today. Sit down.
Now, if you were watching earlier, you would have seen me say
that you need to spot Shelley.
And we've had quite a lot of comments,
but Gold Jokey Primrose was the first to spot Shelley. Here she is.
She was a little bit... There she is, just over Radzi's shoulder.
She is sneaky.
That's it for this week,
but coming up next week we are launching our brand-new competition.
It's called Dream Big and let me tell you, it is so, so cool.
I think it's my favourite competition we've ever,
ever done, so do make sure you are watching.
Iggy will also be meeting her new owner,
so that is very, very exciting.
And that is all we can show you about that.
However, we'll also be having a very special performance
from Britain's Got Talent's Ashley and Pudsey
right in this very studio.
-Guys, can I say a massive thank you for coming in?
-Yeah, thank you.
Thank you very much.
And make sure you're watching same time, same place next week.
-See you then.
-Earn those badges! Earn them! Bye!