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Be Happy : TRC Annual Dinner

9 Dec

With Olympic athlete Annabel


Be Happy : Post-Olympics 2013

30 Aug

The Road to Rio 2016 … or just the aftermath of London 2012 ?

I was there : Eton Dorney, 3rd August 2012.

Stood in the second stand with my mum, waving our flags …

mum and me at Eton

mum and me at Eton

We cheered as William Satch and George Nash won Bronze.

We screamed as  Katherine Grainer and Anna Watkins picked up Golds.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins

… and sobbed along with Alan Campbell as he was given his Bronze.

Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell

and I’m not going to lie … watching our athletes pick up their medals did give me a feeling of inspiration!

I was fortunate enough to get tickets to many events at both the Olympics and the Paralympics, and loved all the excitement and buzz of it!

lost but not lacking in inspiration

But once it was over – along with many others in London I’m sure – I felt a little lost, and felt a little like something was missing from my life!

Not wanting to let go of the magic of the games, I started researching into the sports I had seen. Living south of the river – close to Putney, famous for the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race – and always having been interested in rowing, I did a little bit of google investigation, and was so excited to realise that the rowing season runs each year from September through to the summer.

I emailed a few different clubs in the area, and received emails telling me that the clubs had had exceptional response to their novice squad recruitment  – so I wasn’t the only one that had been spurred on by the Olypmics!

There was one club however that from the very first email I got from them were incredibly friendly and welcoming, and not at all of the pretentious posery-attitude that I had always feared there may be with rowing.

thames rowing club

Having chatted to one of the coaches – Ralph – via emails, he invited me down to the club to have a look around and get a feel for the place.

So here we are – not even 4 weeks after watching the rowing at Eton – I am now standing outside Thames Rowing Club, about to meet with one of the coaches, and other prospective novice rowers in Putney!

Be Happy : Olympics 2013

4 Aug

Eton Dorney – 3rd August 2012

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