New Year is normally a time to look ahead and be excited about the future. But as I finish my last month in my role at the County Sports Partnership I can’t help to also look back to 2014 and reflect on how much we have achieved. It’s hard to believe that it was only April 2014 that I first offered to write a blog for SDN (Ruby had long been asking me). My aim was to give members a flavour of what the County Sports Partnership do. After all, as the infrastructure partnership for sport and physical activity and the forum of interest within the Voluntary and Community Sector our strap line is ‘Getting Hearts Beating Faster’ and by that we mean everybody. We’d previously identified that fewer disabled people in Shropshire were taking part in sport and physical activities and we wanted to change this. By creating a strong partnership with SDN and thanks to the Shropshire Providers Consortium bid to the Big Lottery, Shropshire now has its very own Inclusion Officer!!
And so it is with great excitement that I hand over the reins to Jess. I’m really looking forward to receiving future editions of “Your Voice” and reading case studies of how this project has changed people’s lives – because I have no doubt it has the potential to do so. I’m also looking forward to running the London Marathon for Shropshire Disability Network. I’ve had to delay my 2015 entry until 2016 since I’m expecting a baby girl in mid March. However, I look forward to starting my training after a short break following her birth and will no doubt let you know how it’s going ahead of the big day in April 2016! I’ve never done a marathon, so the prospect seems VERY daunting right now!! A final big thanks to RUBY for her support and enthusiasm towards me over the last few years, you truly are inspirational!
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