End of Season Waffle

I pretty much scarpered away on holiday straight after my last competition of the season, I litterally went straight off to watch the Newcastle Vipers in Nottingham the night of the competition and never stopped holidaying after that. I’ve had a week touring North East Britain, stopping at York, Durham, Alnwick and Edinburgh, which was extremely enjoyable and relaxing, even if wheelchair friendliness wasn’t a strong point and I reckon the most wheelchair accessible building of the holiday was Edinburgh Castle.

I had a decent enough send off to the 2009 season in Nottingham – threw 32.23 into a slight wind, I hurt my back during the week in training and I thought it had settled down for the comp, but when I took my first practice throw I knew it still wasn’t right. It was a bit frustrating as I wanted to nail this competition, but the performance was very positive and every throw was over 30 metres, my back suffered afterwards but I’ve got plenty of time now to chill out and rest. The result brought my average for the season up to 31.08, which is higher than 2006 and isn’t too bad considering the terrible start I had and the physical and mental challenges I’ve had this year. Here’s a list of all my results this year, the highlight being a good performance at Crystal Palace in the main competition of the season despite being knackered from a 9 hour journey and from taking too many painkillers…

CP Grand Prix 1 Perrivale 18/04/2009 27.98
CP Grand Prix 3 Wigan 20/06/2009 28.91
NE League Meeting Gateshead 15/07/2009 31.60
UKA Disability Challenge Crystal Palace 26/07/2009 32.91
NE League Meeting Jarrow 29/07/2009 29.10
BWAA Nationals Stoke M 08/08/2009 33.16
NEAL Gateshead 12/08/2009 31.70
BWAA GP Stoke M 05/09/2009 32.16
CP Nationals Nottingham 19/09/2009 32.23
Average     31.08


Competition play list:

Digital – Joy Division
Heroes – Roni Size
Jerusalem – BBC Concert Orchestra
Woo Hah! Got You All in Check – Busta Rhymes
Threads – Portishead
A Sense of Rage – Goldie
Rock Star – N.E.R.D.
… for No One – Pull Tiger Tail
Big Love – Pete Heller
Girls Who Play Guitars – Maximo Park
Land of Hope and Glory – BBC Concert Orchestra
Never Had a Dream – Total Science
Auditorium – Mos Def
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Protect Ya Neck 2 (The Zoo) – Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Seen You Before – Furney & A Cat Named Phil
Rule Britainia – Della  Jones & BBC Concert Orchestra
Good Souls – Starsailor
You and Me – Goldie
Teletubbies Say ‘Eh-Oh!’ – Teletubbies

Here are some of my favourite pics for my holidays…
















































2 thoughts on “End of Season Waffle

  1. Tnelson

    Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. lynn hobson

    Hi Stephen,
    Glad that you managed to get away for a few days. Interesting photos – the angle gives it a whole new perspective not to mention a kink in the neck!
    Hope the ongoing hip problems can be sorted in the off season without too much hassle.
    Take care,

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