Austrian Adventure, Weddings and Other Stuff

Its been almost 2 weeks since I launched my website and I’m so pleased with the reaction.  I’ve had lots of good feedback and I’m doing my best to keep you all up to date with news, tournaments, etc. If you have any comments about the website, please do contact me 🙂

I’ve been very busy in the last 10 days as I had a very important wedding to get ready for. My auntie married the man she has been with for 25 years on the 5th April, therefore I had to get my hair and nails done along with many other treatments to beautify myself.

Amongst all the preparations I received a last minute call from British Wheelchair Basketball which saw me attend the Wheelpower Time To Shine event at Stoke Mandeville. A fantastic event where kids with disabilities get to try out many different sports. This years event saw coverage from BBC 5 Live and ITV, which shows how last years Paralympics has increased the public’s appetite for Paralympic sport.

I also found a bit of time to pop to London to see an acoustic gig by one of my favourite bands at the moment, Deaf Havana. My sister happens to be their agent which means that we were able to get front row (thank you Beckie). It was an incredible gig in a beautiful venue.

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Deaf Havana at Union Chapel

The wedding was fantastic and it was great to see my family at such a great event. The highlight of the evening after the wedding was the casino where we gambled for hours with pretend money!

But that was just the beginning of the fun because two days after the wedding we were off to Austria to celebrate my new uncles 50th birthday. 40 of us were joining them on their honeymoon in Austria for a week.

Last time I tried skiing I was rubbish to say the least and with my ongoing shoulder problems I decided that skiing probably wasn’t the best idea, so my mum took it upon herself to find other fun things I could do on the slopes and she really did a good job.

The first two days I spent on a Skibike named ‘Mad Max’ with the very talented Jacek Stalmach. Jacek is the designer of the tandem Skibike and also very experienced competitor in the Skibob field. This gave me the opportunity to explore the mountain, sometimes at breakneck speeds which is an opportunity I would not have had otherwise.

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On Mad Max with Jacek

Day 3 on the slopes was in a Bi-Ski with Dominik Jonas of Active Therapy. This is a sit ski with two skis rather than one on the bottom. In my day in the sit ski I manage to conquer about 75% of a long blue run on my own. Now I’m not saying I’m a pro by any means but it has definitely changed my opinion of skiing and I’ve found muscles I didn’t even know I had.

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Me and Dominik

The last few days have mostly involved relaxing and sightseeing and today is our last day before travelling home on Sunday. Sad to be going home but what an awesome week!

My week away does mean that I’ve missed GB camp with the new coaches but I’m looking forward to next weeks head-to-head against Holland. Hope to see you there <3

Exciting New Website

This is my first blog on my new website and it feels only fitting that it is about the website itself.

It’s currently just gone midnight and I’m sat at my computer trying to get my new website looking fantastic before I launch it in just under a week.

Having my own website is quite a landmark for me because in my mind only celebrities and businesses have their own page but here I am putting the finishing touches to it! Although I don’t feel like I’m a celebrity and I’m definitely not business, I just want to share my passion for Wheelchair Basketball with as many people as possible and I figured there was no better way.

My main motivation for setting this up was to promote the visits I do in school and businesses which is another way I’ve found of getting more fans of my sport. I love watching peoples faces as they try out Wheelchair Basketball and I enjoy sharing my story of how I got into the game and my journey so far.

So my plan for the website is to put up regular blogs (although if my schedule is hectic, it might not be as regular as I hope), this includes excerpts from my journal I was writing up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. I will also be putting up dates of league matches I’m involved in and GB Tournaments wherever they are in the world. Basically as much information as possible about Wheelchair Basketball and where you can get your fix because I know there are a lot of you out there who have an empty space in your lives since the Paralympics finished.

Thank you for reading and keep checking back for regular updates <3