September 20, 2012 15:05
What an amazing couple of weeks! This week I have finally had time to reflect on what happened and still can’t quite believe it! This has been my dream for a long time and to have finally achieved it, almost feels sereal. It’s been a whirl wind of celebrations, media committments and interviews. The closing ceremony and Parade topping it all off!
The support of the British public for Team GB has been quite overwhelming and made this such a special Games! The Nation have opened their eyes and have recognised the achievments of the Paralypians as athletes, which for the first time puts us as equals with the Olympians. So thank you so much for your support, you have certainly inspired me and made me feel proud to be British and part of team GB!
Another big Thank you to my sponsors Volvo and Charles Russell. Such a shame the last race got cancelled as Volvo had chartered a boat to watch and cheer me on and I was really looking forward to celebrating on the water with them and my husband Steve, who was onboard. Should know by now you cant control the Weather!
Finally a massive thank you to the special team behind my success. Rob Wilson and Ian Barker my coaches, Grant Spanhake who together with Ian designed some really quick sails, Ben Chell my sports psycologist who kept it real and of course my husband Steve, who has supported me over many years and kept my feet on the ground during the regatta.
Now, I am just soaking it all up and enjoying the opportunities a Gold medal brings!
July 18, 2012 12:43
It’s been a busy few weeks, finally I have found time to update my blog! A little embarrassed that my last blog was in May and after Delta Lloyd regatta!
Since then I competed in Sail For Gold regatta in Weymouth, which went well. I was tied for first with Thierry Schmitter, but got silver on count back. Great confidence boost for September, especially as that was my last regatta before the Games. Also won the World Cup Series, so another bonus. The week after I did Round The Island Race with Volvo on a Farr 45. As ever a feally enjoyable day, made even better that I got to helm the whole way round! We also got a top speed of 21 knots round the back of the Island.
Its all gearing up in Weymouth for the Olympics! The Paralympic team have moved camp to Mylor, just up the river from Falmouth to continue our training whilst the Olympics are on. We had our first camp there last week, beautiful place, even if it did rain every day! It was nice to get out of Weymouth and away from any distractions. An intense week of training, with some long days, trying to fit Gym, sailing and boat work in, but I loved it!
Our team kit also arrived whilst we were in Mylor, 3 large bags of it! I must admit it was a little overwhelming and a bit of a distraction, so I chucked mine straight in the car with the view of trying it on when I got back to Weymouth, otherwise sailing was not going to happen!
Arrived home Friday night, but was on the 7:00 am train up to London, to the team launch and to collect our Formal wear and opening and closing ceremony kit! We had a great Dinner in Old Billingsgate, with the whole of Paralympic team GB, awesome send off, really got the goose bumps going.
This week I have had a couple of days at home, spent in the gym and trying on my team kit, (only one bag to go!) Packing today to go back to Mylor tomorrow.
It’s been really nice having a few days in Weymouth and bumping in to the Olympic guys in the gym and wishing them good luck. It’s probably the last time I will see them before the Games!
May 29, 2012 20:29
Another great World Cup regatta in Holland “ Delta Lloyd” saw a good turn out in the 2.4 mR fleet.
What helped the numbers and competition was that it was an open regatta not restricted to Paralympics sailors only. Fantastic weather and racing. I was using the opportunity to try out some new sails and test my speed, in the build up for Sail For Gold. The racing was really close and came down to the last race on the last day! Half way up the second beat I was looking in good shape to take the overall lead, but Thierry Schmitter from Holland sailed a good last third of the beat and snuck in front at the top mark. Meg also did well to gain a place right at the windward mark to leave us equal on points but me in third place on count back. A great regatta and now looking forward to Sail For Gold on our Home TURF!
May 11, 2012 15:30
Had the amazing news on Saturday that I had been selected for the Paralympic team. I was sworn to secrecy until Wednesday when it was officially announced and had a crazy morning of photos and interviews. It took a while for it to sink in, but after you have been asked about 20 times, “so how does it feel to be representing your country at the Paralympics and in front of a home crowd” it certainly becomes reality.
My phone has not stopped buzzing with texts, e- mails and calls, which I really appreciate, but i’m glad to have escaped from Weymouth and disappear on the Volvo dealership tour for a couple of days. I am seeing my parents tonight and planning to spend the day with them tomorrow, as looking at my training programme I don’t know when I will get the next opportunity.
I feel so proud to be part of team GB and to represent my country at a home Games will be something really special!
May 01, 2012 14:48
Got my new car yesterday. Easy to find in the car park!