Patrick Blennerhassett

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Patrick Blennerhassett

Reporter, Sport

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. He has covered sport for the Post since 2018.

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CrossFit: UK country manager Ollie Mansbridge takes road through rugby to affiliate owner and Strength in Depth

The former rugby player moved home to Bath and soon found himself running one of the first ‘boxes’ in the UK.

5 Aug 2020 - 5:00PM

The former rugby player moved home to Bath and soon found himself running one of the first ‘boxes’ in the UK.

CrossFit: UK country manager Ollie Mansbridge takes road through rugby to affiliate owner and Strength in Depth
Opinion | Sport is back! Pandemic gets mental health relief as fans rejoice and pray for coronavirus vaccine

NBA, NHL and MLB join the EPL as fans get win while the world waits for a vaccine.

3 Aug 2020 - 6:25PM

NBA, NHL and MLB join the EPL as fans get win while the world waits for a vaccine.

Sport is back! Pandemic gets mental health relief as fans rejoice and pray for coronavirus vaccine
CrossFit: Taiwanese-American Stephanie Chung on competitive mindset – ‘I want to enjoy myself, and then the results will come’

CrossFit Games athlete Stephanie Chung, whose father hails from Taiwan, says the sport’s future is bright after recent controversy, and she is happy to represent its growing diversity

1 Aug 2020 - 7:52PM

CrossFit Games athlete Stephanie Chung, whose father hails from Taiwan, says the sport’s future is bright after recent controversy, and she is happy to represent its growing diversity

CrossFit: Taiwanese-American Stephanie Chung on competitive mindset – ‘I want to enjoy myself, and then the results will come’
The Takedown | Does Conor McGregor still get the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje at UFC 254?

Title unification fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October sets up some compelling storylines – but where does it leave Conor McGregor?

29 Jul 2020 - 8:41PM

Title unification fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October sets up some compelling storylines – but where does it leave Conor McGregor?

Does Conor McGregor still get the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje at UFC 254?
CrossFit: do shorter athletes have an advantage in the sport?

The average CrossFit athlete could be described as ‘short and stocky’, so why is this good for a competitor?

29 Jul 2020 - 11:00AM

The average CrossFit athlete could be described as ‘short and stocky’, so why is this good for a competitor?

CrossFit: do shorter athletes have an advantage in the sport?
CrossFit: Kara Saunders on motherhood, ‘impostor syndrome’ and how she’s stayed so good for so long

Australian star and new mother Kara Saunders talks juggling a busy schedule and competing as she sets her sights on the 2020 CrossFit Games in September.

27 Jul 2020 - 7:58PM

Australian star and new mother Kara Saunders talks juggling a busy schedule and competing as she sets her sights on the 2020 CrossFit Games in September.

CrossFit: Kara Saunders on motherhood, ‘impostor syndrome’ and how she’s stayed so good for so long
UFC: Conor McGregor gets invite to train with Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos after Instagram video

UFC’s Conor McGregor gets invite from Spain national team captain Sergio Ramos to train with Real Madrid.

27 Jul 2020 - 5:21PM

UFC’s Conor McGregor gets invite from Spain national team captain Sergio Ramos to train with Real Madrid.

UFC: Conor McGregor gets invite to train with Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos after Instagram video
Hongkongers must adapt to ‘new normal’ in terms of fitness and well-being during city’s second lockdown

As a third wave of the coronavirus washes over the city, Hongkongers should remain physically active.

25 Jul 2020 - 10:33PM

As a third wave of the coronavirus washes over the city, Hongkongers should remain physically active.

Hongkongers must adapt to ‘new normal’ in terms of fitness and well-being during city’s second lockdown
How to get abs and a bikini body, with Hong Kong personal trainer, bodybuilder and bikini model competitor Anita Yiu

Anita Yiu quit the corporate world to become a personal trainer and bikini model competitor. She reveals her regimen of exercise, diet, and sleep.

24 Jul 2020 - 6:08PM

Anita Yiu quit the corporate world to become a personal trainer and bikini model competitor. She reveals her regimen of exercise, diet, and sleep.

How to get abs and a bikini body, with Hong Kong personal trainer, bodybuilder and bikini model competitor Anita Yiu
UFC’s Khabib posts heartfelt message after father Abdulmanap’s death – ‘hope you were pleased with me’

UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov writes ‘I will miss you … I hope you were pleased with me’ in emotional first public comments since death of father Abdulmanap.

23 Jul 2020 - 1:57PM

UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov writes ‘I will miss you … I hope you were pleased with me’ in emotional first public comments since death of father Abdulmanap.

UFC’s Khabib posts heartfelt message after father Abdulmanap’s death – ‘hope you were pleased with me’
Opinion | Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022: Covid-19 and ‘Cold War’ sees clock tick on the next two Olympics

The coronavirus pandemic still threatens Tokyo 2020, now delayed to 2021, as the world waits for a vaccine, while Beijing’s geopolitical tensions turn heat on 2022 Winter Games.

23 Jul 2020 - 2:22PM

The coronavirus pandemic still threatens Tokyo 2020, now delayed to 2021, as the world waits for a vaccine, while Beijing’s geopolitical tensions turn heat on 2022 Winter Games.

Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022: Covid-19 and ‘Cold War’ sees clock tick on the next two Olympics
Hong Kong’s trail-running dogs get the best out of their owners

Two Hongkongers share their stories of how they trained their dogs to hike alongside them.

21 Jul 2020 - 8:54AM

Two Hongkongers share their stories of how they trained their dogs to hike alongside them.

Hong Kong’s trail-running dogs get the best out of their owners
CrossFit: five lockdown workouts with Hong Kong coach Michelle O’Brien

CrossFit Asphodel Keep Moving Kids coach Michelle O’Brien shares some WODs you can do at home or outside.

17 Jul 2020 - 10:54AM

CrossFit Asphodel Keep Moving Kids coach Michelle O’Brien shares some WODs you can do at home or outside.

CrossFit: five lockdown workouts with Hong Kong coach Michelle O’Brien
The Takedown | Jorge Masvidal loses to Kamaru Usman but wins UFC 251 pay-per-view battle and increases his stardom

Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal supercharged UFC 251, and although he lost to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, he remains a star with huge pay-per-view drawing power.

16 Jul 2020 - 2:20PM

Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal supercharged UFC 251, and although he lost to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, he remains a star with huge pay-per-view drawing power.

Jorge Masvidal loses to Kamaru Usman but wins UFC 251 pay-per-view battle and increases his stardom
Chinese kung fu ‘masters’ told to clean up act and stop bringing shame to traditional martial arts

Chinese Wushu Association warns practitioners not to appoint themselves as ‘kung fu masters’ or ‘authentic masters’ and stop faking documents and certificates about their ‘alleged prowess’.

16 Jul 2020 - 8:43PM

Chinese Wushu Association warns practitioners not to appoint themselves as ‘kung fu masters’ or ‘authentic masters’ and stop faking documents and certificates about their ‘alleged prowess’.

Chinese kung fu ‘masters’ told to clean up act and stop bringing shame to traditional martial arts
Opinion | NBA’s China crisis lingers as Houston Rockets banned on Tencent and CCTV refusing to show any games

CCTV still not planning on showing NBA games and Houston Rockets matches a question mark on Tencent.

14 Jul 2020 - 8:00PM

CCTV still not planning on showing NBA games and Houston Rockets matches a question mark on Tencent.

NBA’s China crisis lingers as Houston Rockets banned on Tencent and CCTV refusing to show any games
UFC 251: ‘Korean Zombie’ calls Alexander Volkanovski’s win ‘shameful’

Jung Chan-sung, the ‘Korean Zombie’, doesn’t think featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski beat Max Holloway at UFC 251.

13 Jul 2020 - 3:14PM

Jung Chan-sung, the ‘Korean Zombie’, doesn’t think featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski beat Max Holloway at UFC 251.

UFC 251: ‘Korean Zombie’ calls Alexander Volkanovski’s win ‘shameful’
Opinion | 2022 Winter Olympics: Beijing risks backlash as athletes find powerful voice

The Chinese Communist Party is feuding with many countries, among them Winter Games heavyweights the United States, Canada and Sweden – and it could get even more complicated.

12 Jul 2020 - 1:17PM

The Chinese Communist Party is feuding with many countries, among them Winter Games heavyweights the United States, Canada and Sweden – and it could get even more complicated.

2022 Winter Olympics: Beijing risks backlash as athletes find powerful voice
Black Lives Matter: anthem debates take centre stage as sporting events resume

When US women’s soccer resumed after coronavirus rules eased in late June 2020, players knelt during the national anthem while wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts. The protest showed that as coronavirus restrictions ease and sporting events resume, the contentious issue of making such political statements is also back on the field in the US, where the Black Lives Matter protests have focused on fighting police brutality. The debate has echoes in Hong Kong, where new legislation has fans and players alike risking jail time if they were to stage protests during China’s national anthem as has happened in the past. 
 

10 Jul 2020 - 10:00AM

When US women’s soccer resumed after coronavirus rules eased in late June 2020, players knelt during the national anthem while wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts. The protest showed that as coronavirus restrictions ease and sporting events resume, the contentious issue of making such political statements is also back on the field in the US, where the Black Lives Matter protests have focused on fighting police brutality. The debate has echoes in Hong Kong, where new legislation has fans and players alike risking jail time if they were to stage protests during China’s national anthem as has happened in the past. 
 

Black Lives Matter: anthem debates take centre stage as sporting events resume
UFC: Mike Perry punches older man in video footage of altercation with Texas restaurant staff

UFC star Mike Perry is asked to leave restaurant in Texas before getting involved in heated argument with staff and punching elderly man, with police reportedly investigating.

9 Jul 2020 - 3:07PM

UFC star Mike Perry is asked to leave restaurant in Texas before getting involved in heated argument with staff and punching elderly man, with police reportedly investigating.

UFC: Mike Perry punches older man in video footage of altercation with Texas restaurant staff
The Takedown | UFC 251: Jorge’s Masvidal’s title shot against Kamaru Usman on Fight Island will make or break his career

Jorge Masvidal valiantly steps in on short notice to face Kamaru Usman and save UFC 251 main event on Fight Island, but could quickly float back into obscurity with a loss.

7 Jul 2020 - 8:00PM

Jorge Masvidal valiantly steps in on short notice to face Kamaru Usman and save UFC 251 main event on Fight Island, but could quickly float back into obscurity with a loss.

UFC 251: Jorge’s Masvidal’s title shot against Kamaru Usman on Fight Island will make or break his career
National security law: three-time Olympian Tyrone Smith calls on World Athletics to axe Diamond League meet in China

Bermuda star calls on world governing body to ‘use its influence and help end human rights violations in Hong Kong’ – World Athletics responds saying it can’t let political situations dictate where it hosts events.

7 Jul 2020 - 6:01PM

Bermuda star calls on world governing body to ‘use its influence and help end human rights violations in Hong Kong’ – World Athletics responds saying it can’t let political situations dictate where it hosts events.

National security law: three-time Olympian Tyrone Smith calls on World Athletics to axe Diamond League meet in China
UFC and CrossFit collide as champion Mat Fraser offers Jon Jones workout tips

The two icons of their respective sports appear to be swapping workout tips as Jones posted a video of Fraser on his Instagram.

7 Jul 2020 - 12:41PM

The two icons of their respective sports appear to be swapping workout tips as Jones posted a video of Fraser on his Instagram.

UFC and CrossFit collide as champion Mat Fraser offers Jon Jones workout tips
UFC: Jon Jones says he helped save a man’s life over Independence Day weekend

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones posts photos on Instagram saying the ‘group honestly believe we saved that man’s life’, drawing mixed reaction online.

6 Jul 2020 - 9:16PM

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones posts photos on Instagram saying the ‘group honestly believe we saved that man’s life’, drawing mixed reaction online.

UFC: Jon Jones says he helped save a man’s life over Independence Day weekend
Donnie Yen celebrates Hong Kong’s ‘return’ to the motherland – ‘I am fighting for the Chinese people’

Hong Kong martial arts actor Donnie Yen posts a video of himself playing the piano for Chinese leader before replying to a user that he is ‘fighting for the Chinese people’.

3 Jul 2020 - 3:52PM

Hong Kong martial arts actor Donnie Yen posts a video of himself playing the piano for Chinese leader before replying to a user that he is ‘fighting for the Chinese people’.

Donnie Yen celebrates Hong Kong’s ‘return’ to the motherland – ‘I am fighting for the Chinese people’
ONE Championship star Aung La N Sang tests positive for coronavirus

Two-weight champion Aung La N Sang, who trains with UFC stars Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns, says he and his family will be in quarantine for the next two weeks.

3 Jul 2020 - 12:53PM

Two-weight champion Aung La N Sang, who trains with UFC stars Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns, says he and his family will be in quarantine for the next two weeks.

ONE Championship star Aung La N Sang tests positive for coronavirus
UFC 251: Dana White teases Fight Island in Abu Dhabi with new promotional videos

Located beside the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Fight Island will host 47 fights in 15 days starting July 11. White’s vision, which was initially dismissed as a pipe dream during the coronavirus pandemic, is now a reality.

2 Jul 2020 - 1:47PM

Located beside the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Fight Island will host 47 fights in 15 days starting July 11. White’s vision, which was initially dismissed as a pipe dream during the coronavirus pandemic, is now a reality.

UFC 251: Dana White teases Fight Island in Abu Dhabi with new promotional videos
Opinion | CrossFit: Eric Roza fits the saviour mould, but can he repair the brand and bring the community back together?

The tech entrepreneur has all the tools to pull the damaged brand from the ashes, but can he resurrect the company?

1 Jul 2020 - 9:44AM

The tech entrepreneur has all the tools to pull the damaged brand from the ashes, but can he resurrect the company?

CrossFit: Eric Roza fits the saviour mould, but can he repair the brand and bring the community back together?
UFC: Conor McGregor’s coach thinks he is actually retired

Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor publicly stated on Twitter in June that he was retiring from fighting despite rumoured matchups.

30 Jun 2020 - 7:00PM

Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor publicly stated on Twitter in June that he was retiring from fighting despite rumoured matchups.

UFC: Conor McGregor’s coach thinks he is actually retired
Hong Kong Sevens cancelled: HKRU chief Robbie McRobbie defiant – ‘we will survive’

World Rugby postponed the Sevens earlier this year to October, now the rest of the 2020 World Rugby Sevens Series has been axed.

30 Jun 2020 - 10:07PM

World Rugby postponed the Sevens earlier this year to October, now the rest of the 2020 World Rugby Sevens Series has been axed.

Hong Kong Sevens cancelled: HKRU chief Robbie McRobbie defiant – ‘we will survive’