I’ve been trying to write this blog for at least a week now but basketball and tiredness keep getting the better of me!
Another month had passed since my last blog. It’s been a busy one but nothing compared to what is coming up in June/July.
When I wrote my last blog I was struggling with an ear infection which ended up lasting almost 3 weeks. This might be down to the fact that I only stopped training for a few days while I was feeling unwell, rather than taking time off to get well! But that’s just an athletes way!
2 weeks after my IRU visit we were back in a training camp at Sheffield. Having had major issues with my shoulder, this was my first camp in a very long time where I was able to join in with training sessions. It’s safe to say I did way more than my physios told me I could but despite being incredibly tired, I was really pleased with how my shoulder held up. All those boring shoulder exercises were starting to pay off.
The week before the camp I’d had car trouble and I was driving round in a courtesy car for 10 days. Although it was a lovely Astra, it wasn’t quite as luxurious as my car (I’m very spoilt) and I was driving on temporary hand controls. Anyone who’s ever driven with them can vouch for the fact you need a thumb of steel because you basically press the accelorator with your thumb. This made the 500+ miles I did in the Astra very hard work, thankfully I had cruise control.
Not only did I do the drive to Sheffield in the courtesy car but I also drove to Bath for my friends baby shower. I was so late getting there after camp that most people had gone home but I’m so glad I made the effort and very chuffed with my artistic ability, painting a baby grow with the IPC and ParalympicsGB logos.
IPC and ParalympicsGB Baby Grow
After a long camp and drive from Sheffield I decided to treat myself and spent the night in a very lovely hotel in Bath. It was lovely to relax for a while and I got to have the biggest omelette I’ve ever seen, needless to say I didn’t finish it all! This set the tone somewhat for the rest of the week, which by my standards was very chilled out, I even found time to do some work around my house.
It didn’t last long, the following weekend saw the GB Women play 2 matches against Titans WBC. I went along as support for the girls and ended up playing to my surprise. I didn’t play a huge amount, probably no more than 5 minutes, but I played quite well and even scored a basket. Read the Titans match report here.
My biggest fear having had so long out was that I would have completely forgotten how to play but thankfully I got back into the swing of things pretty quickly.
The after affects of those 5 minuted on court were worse than I was expecting and as a result I found myself struggling with day to day tasks. I decided that I would book a massage in for the Monday to enable me to train later that day, I also booked a physio session for the Tuesday because on the Wednesday it was back to camp. Not just any camp, final selection camp for the Europeans.
As I’d not participated a huge amount in camps and matches since the new coached took charge, I really had a lot to prove and only a few days to do it in. To my disappointment, we were without a physio for a day at the camp, which wouldn’t normally be an issue but because of where I am in my rehab it meant that I had to sit out the majority of the second day of camp. The third day at camp saw us take on Shropshire Warriors, a great challenge for the team as they’re tougher than any women’s team we will face. Although we didn’t get the win, it felt like the team was playing well and I got a mention from the coached for how I played 🙂
So we left camp knowing that we would get the phone call from the coached on the Tuesday, letting us know our fate! I knew I’d made the most of my time on court in the recent matches and I had proved that although my fitness is lacking currently, I’m still able to keep up with play and be an effective player, so I was hopeful for a yes. Tuesday came around and I got the ‘yes’ I was hoping for, followed by a ’embargo is in force until the 5th June’! So I had to keep it quite for over a week, almost impossible when you want to share your good news with the world! But I managed it and I want to say thank you to everyone for their kind messages after the announcment was made.
The 30th May saw the GB Women’s team that competed at London 2012 attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace. It was the first time the full squad had been together since London and it was lovely to see everyone. I even managed to have a conversation with the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and the Duke of Gloucester.
Sarah and I at Buckingham Palace
After a lovely day at the Palace it was back on the road, off to Sheffield for the League Finals. Playing for Titans Women, we were aiming to make the final and had a very passionate Steelers Women’s team to get past to earn our place there. It was a fantastic game, probably one of the best we’ve ever seen in the Women’s League and I’m so pleased to say we came out on top. The next day saw us take on the reigning champions, East Blue Stars, and although we gave them a good game, we knew it would take an excpetional game from us to claim the title. We finished second in the league and after the season we’ve had, that is excellent.
Titans Women – Women’s League Runners Up
After all that we’ve made it to last week, another basketball filled week as it saw the GB Women travel to Holland to take on The Netherlands and Germany who are Bronze and Gold medal winners from London. So as expected, it was a very tough series of matches. The coaches tried out a lot of line ups and although the scored don’t reflect it, there was some incredible GB basketball.
This week I’m back in the IRU…no rest for the wicked. Next week sees GB Women take on Canada at the fantastic new basketball venue in Worcester, more details to follow. Then a few days at home before the big one, we travel out to the Europeans in Franfurt on the 27th June.
Until then, Auf Wiedersehen 🙂