Today is a day that i will (try) to remember for a long time! today i met 2 awesome GB paralympians (i hope thats the right term). They wernt overshadowed by the other awesome pople i met……the All Blacks (new Zealand national rugby team).
i headed down to london yesterday, as usual londoners did not dissapoint, they had their usual misrible faces on and a lack of wanting to talk to anyone! i headed over to the twickenham stood where my bed for the night.
The bed i had booked was the first of its type for me from a website called “airbnb”……you basically sleep in someones spare room and pay a fraction of the price, as those who know me know i refuse to pay london hotel prices. it was a nice little room with a double bed, i got left alone so it worked out quite well!
i was up at half 6 …. knackered wernt the word…..i needed caffine and quick! i wondered in town with a limp most gangsters would envy. Then off to a college to meet a college to prepare for the all blacks to turn up.
Now this is where you the day got interesting! the first people i met were a few paralympians, Marc was judo and Georgie play a game called Goal ball. Next were a few of the exforces guys (spot em from a mile away). we started talking about how we were introduced to The endevour fund and some of the struggles they have. i was obviously repping my deptherapy top as i wanted to show my support to the charity that changed the path of where my life was going.
we were all split into mixed teams of visualy impared and non visually impared teams. we put on blacked out glasses (which fired up my anxiety), Georgie then set us tasks in our teams. we had to create a letter out of the people we had in the team, only one person was allowed to not wear a mask. im pretty chuffed to say my team smashed it!
After that it was onto training to play goal ball! ( i should probably tell you about it first)…Goal ball is a brutal opposit form of dodgeball. the oppositions net spans the width of the playing court and you use your body to block a ball launched at you…you do all this whilst trying to listen to the bells in the ball so you know where to defend.
when we got through the training it was time for games, we got given pads as you were on the floor moving about. Men got given cups ( plastic thing that protects your bollocks).
the games were amazing incite into how hard that game is, just trying to judge what direction its coming from was hard enough before you even include the pace at which its coming.
we played a few games, some of the all blacks players could definatly have a career if the rugby doesnt work out! then we all jumped on the poshest coach i have ever been on and we went for scram and to twickenham.
Deptherapy! – for allowing me to be their rep
The endevour fund – for all their work with deptherapy and injured forces sport.
AIG EMEA – for organising the event with the all blacks
the Goal ball team – for showing us alot and organising a great day!
anyway guys and girls im all out of verbal diarrhoea for this blog post!
have a great evening and keep on smiling (like i am right now)