23rd June 2012
As I write my blog I am currently sat in Orlando International airport waiting to catch a flight home after a great family holiday. My flight is already 2 hours
delayed so I hope it will not be much longer. Overthrew last 2 months I have been quite busy as my new mentoring and coaching role really starts to take off. In the month of May I was happy to visit
the pupils at Prince Bishop and Abbey Hill schools. Both schools are in Teesside and I enjoyed sharing my experiences with the pupils. The welcome I received from both schools was very nice and I was
quite taken back at the responses from the young people after they had listened to my Paralympic experiences.
I was also involved and warmly received by EDF in Sunderland as I visited there offices and spoke with the who had raised thousands of pounds for British Paralympic Association. The work EDF have done to raise money for ParalympicsGB has not gone unnoticed from the athletes and I was proud to be asked to attend to represent them as a former ParalympicsGB athlete.
I was also a guest speaking for TeesValleySport at the coaching conference at Teesside University. This was my first real talk to adults and I was a little nervous about how my talk would inspire these future coaches of sport. When I speak with the young people usually seeing the GB track suit gets their attention instantly. However adults are a little different and the slight change in my talk I think related to adults a lot more and the feedback I received was very positive.
May was also a big month for my eldest son Liam, who was successful with his football team North Ormesby in winning two trophies and a 3rd in the league finish. He also established himself as a starter for the county team who were successful in finishing the season unbeaten and winning two trophies. After leaving a team very close to heart at the beginning of the season in Cleveland Juniors to challenge himself at the top level in junior football.The move paid off as he also received trials for Newcastle United.
Another major positive was the finish of the season for Newcastle Eagles 1 and 2. Eagles 1 finished the season 3rd which was a major improvement to second bottom last season. We finished with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The team is really improving and I have high hopes next season of winning the Division 1 north. Eagles 2 again had another great finish and I am really pleased with the Job my assistant coach Michael Lomax has done with the team and the improvement from all of the Eagles 2 players is staggering. They finished the regular season in second place and we went to the playoffs and finished a more than credited 3rd which really could have been 1st.
I now look forward to returning home and getting stright back into the swing of things with 5 school visits next week and a very busy July.
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