Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog

Sky TV and bums on seats make the difference!

Hey Everyone,

I’m writing this early Monday morning in the airport lounge in Birmingham airport waiting for my flight home. We had a successful week at Birmingham, finishing with runner up spot in the Grand Prix (see news).

Birmingham was a three star show but like no other - the coverage, the crowds and the atmosphere is akin to any top indoor show in the world. We all love to perform and it’s great to have an appreciative audience such as here in Birmingham, who filled the stands from the opening class right to Sunday’s finale.

Sky Sports have revolutionised the sport in the UK with an incredible team who are now expert in bringing showjumping to your living room as never seen before. Detailed interviews, course walks and behind the scenes are all ways that they have moved the coverage forward and combined with unique camera angles and informed commentary, it really is a remarkable package. Sky Sports have covered Birmingham and Hickstead for some years now and in my view have been a huge factor in both increased interest and financial backing coming into British showjumping. A rising tide lifts all boats and people want to be involved with success - well done to all concerned!

Chat soon,

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