Who’s idea was it to hold the World Championships in January? Terrible decision! Don’t they realise that I live somewhere where the weather is a disgrace for at least 9 months of the year and in the winter I’m lucky if I can get out of the house nevermind go and throw sticks over my head. I thought it was bad enough in February when I did my Sport Relief challenge but it is ny on impossible to train out doors at the moment, I had some light relief from the weather earlier this month but now I’m having to content myself with hoying sticks into the indoor net at Gateshead and hoping they don’t come back and hit me on the head.
Been a very busy time since I last blogged, we had a fantastic engagement party at the Gosforth Civic Hall, which turned out to be a great venue. It was unbelievable to see how many people came along, me and Rach really enjoyed the party and are so grateful for the many generous gifts we received. The 5-1 victory over the unwashed the next day topped off what was one of the best weekends of my entire life.
I went off to Portugal a couple of days after that and spent the next 9 days training, eating and sleeping in relatively hot weather. It was a tremendous camp, just me and coach Mam. I enjoyed it because it was very laid-back and we could take our time and get all the training done to a very high standard. I nearly injured myself by accidentally driving my wheelchair off the stairs at the front of the hotel, but we won’t dwell on that.
I can announce (I think) that I have a new sponsor that are going to help me up to London 2012. Grainger PLC – http://www.graingerplc.co.uk/ – who are based in Newcastle and London have agreed to sponsor me and two other Paralympians up to the 2012 Paralympics. I’m very proud that they chose to sponsor me and it’s a massive lift. It brilliant to see more private businesses looking to sponsor disabled athletes and shows how much the athletes and the sport have progressed. I’m sure I can repay Grainger’s faith in me when I compete in New Zealand. Now just need to get rid of this snow!