Monday, 9 July 2018

3030 Challenge

Throughout June I took part in the 3030 Challenge, run by Active Essex. The idea was simple: for each of the 30 days in June, you had to be active for 30 minutes (or more!). I made a series of videos to document my efforts each day. Click here to see the full playlist on YouTube!

As I went through the month, I competed at the English Vaulting Championships and my first ever gymnastics competition. I did quite a bit of stretching, throwing myself around and coaching. There are quite a lot of horses featured over the 30 days. Happy watching!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Wings for Life World Run

A couple of months ago my friend Claire and I had a hilarious morning when we met Colin Jackson, and were interviewed as part of the publicity process for the Wings for Life World Run.

The video is a little misleading as it cuts out the discussion that my disability is not a spinal cord injury. It's a bit irritating that they have just gone with 'wheelchair user, must be able to speak on behalf of people with SCI', but if it gets people interested in the event then never mind. You can find the video here.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Called to the bars

I've been working hard at gymnastics on some bars skills. Some people are natural bar workers; others aren't - and I'm definitely in the latter camp! I find everything on bars really difficult, which obviously means I just have to work harder. When I get it wrong (which is most of the time) it's infuriating and it often hurts. Here you can see the pain! Click here to watch the video on YouTube (for better quality).

Thursday, 29 March 2018

My fab friend Eleanor!

I'm so very proud of my lovely friend, Eleanor, who has been selected to ride on the East Region team at the Para Home International dressage competition next month. Eleanor rides at my RDA Group and doesn't have the luxury of access to her own horse, so this is an especially impressive achievement. She's incredibly determined and focussed and I'm so excited for her! Read more here.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Seven years

An awful lot can happen in seven years. All of World War 2 fitted into seven years. My entire time at primary school fitted into just under seven years, as did my entire time at high school. It takes less than seven years from birth for most children to learn to read, to learn some times tables, to learn to do a cartwheel, or to learn to play a musical instrument.
Someone else figured this out. I haven't checked if it's right or not. I don't massively care.
Seven years ago (and one day, because I wasn't well yesterday) my dad died, and it just feels bizarre that it's been that long. Each time I think about it, I feel that I know it has happened but I haven't yet responded emotionally to that. I'm not in a hurry to do so - I'm quite happy being emotionally functional! - but it does seem so weird that so much can happen and can change in someone else's life, as well as in my own, but this one thing still hasn't changed. 
 It still feels as bizarre now as it did seven years ago.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

LAMB Equestrian

My more professional website has been up and running for a year now, so it's time to show it off a bit more! You can find it here. There's information on the various equestrian disciplines I do, competition results, and a monthly blog post giving the low down on what I've been up to. This month's post can be accessed by clicking here or on the image below!