West Midlands Awards

It’s been a bit of a crazy week! And another Award!!

I know I say every week “What a week”…..but “Wow! What a week!”:-)

It’s been a tough week training. It’s been cold and wet out on the water and it can make it hard work to keep the motivation up. By Wednesday there wasn’t a muscle in my body that wasn’t hurting, and following a big session in the gym on Thursday and 2 tough sessions on the water on Friday, I think for the first time in my life, I bottomed out! Matt, my coach, said it was good to get to the point of complete exhaustion, it shows I’m working hard….I’m not quite so convinced! By the end of the session my mind was telling my body to keep working, but I just couldn’t physically give anything more. That left me in quite a weird place as I’ve always been mentally strong enough to keep pushing, but as Matt says, I guess this is all an important part of our training. I’ve now got the weekend off to recover….I need it!!

I also had some great news this week that the Shropshire Community Leisure Trust are going to sponsor me in the form of free access to the Shrewsbury Sports Village and the facilities there. This is very much appreciated and I am extremely grateful to the Trust for their support of my paracanoe journey.

It’s also been an incredible week for Climbing Out. On Thursday night we attended the West Midlands Community Sports Awards as we were up for The Community Project of the Year. Having been into Radio Shropshire at 8.30am Thursday morning to tell people a little a bit about Climbing Out, it was fantastic to attend the evening with a couple of participants from our programmes. We all felt slightly intimidated when we arrived at Aston Villa Football Club, it was a much higher profile event than I‘d imagined! It was an incredible evening with so many inspirational stories. Having watched the short film clips that had been made about all the organisations in our category, I really didn’t think we stood much of a chance as they are all doing amazing work.

I felt incredibly proud of Climbing Out when we were read out as the winners.

It is an absolute credit to everyone involved in the charity that we won this award, and thanks must go to everyone who has been involved in making Climbing Out what it is. It’s amazing to think how far we have come over the last 4 years, and hopefully this recognition will help us raise further awareness and reach even more young people in the future.

Well, after all the excitement, it’s back to the drawing board next week. I’m working at Battle Back again so it’s back to 5am starts and late nights in the gym…oh well, it can’t be fun and games all the time!:-)

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