So what have I been up to... the last two weeks have been amazing! I spent four days at the TIP (Talent Inspiration Programme) Camp which was based at Manchester Met Uni Campus. It was run alongside the Sainsburys School Games. It was absolutely awesome, the group I got to work with, which they chose the name of Stairway to Seven was brilliant. They began as quite a quiet group, but after a couple of days, they soon changed that. It was really nice for me as their athlete tutor to watch them grow and put into practise what they had been learning. For me, it was a chance to be my full self and be as hyper (within reason) as I liked. It made me feel like I was back at American summer camp in so many ways. I love the feel of working in a team towards a common goal. Even though days were long from 7am to 11pm, I did not mind one bit. I even managed some great runs with one of the other athlete tutors each morning normally starting just after 6am.
After the camp, I went to the National Canoe Sprint Regatta in Nottingham for the weekend. I paddled in a K2 with a good friend of mine and enjoyed catching up with lots of old friends and watching the racing.
Then back to the day job but with a difference as I was presenting at the Graduate and Apprentice Induction at the Ricoh Arena. I enjoyed firstly listening to the CEO of JLR who opened up the induction, then onto Richard Noble (who is involved with and has had the land speed record). Then onto the motivational speaker of Kenton Cool, a mountainer who has scaled Everest 11times! I came onto stage after Kenton and spoke with the audience. It turns out Kenton and I have a common friend from canoeing, small world, hehe. Then in the evening, I headed to Loughborough for my own induction with the rest of the athlete mentors. One busy day...
Tuesday was a day that started off with a puncture and blow out of a tyre on my car. Thankfully, due to my Grandad making me change every wheel on my first ever car... it did not phase me and managed to change it within 15 mins. Then onto the Ricoh Arena to speak about my journey to becoming an athlete and working for JLR. I had to do 5 back to back sessions. I had a maximum of 90 people who could come and I was hoping I could maintain above 50 for each session. To my honest surprise, one session had a 115 people turn up.... I topped 90 people for each session. The feedback I got back was awesome and I felt really humbled to be able to share my story with so many. Then wednesday was back to the office.... how weird it felt to be sat there looking at an excel spreadsheet after a high energy fuelled few weeks.
Well I learnt a lot about myself and how this might shape my future work career. I realised what I am really good at and what I really enjoy. It has been such a great opportunity to be involved with so many exciting things, I hope I can continue to do this in the future.
Here are a selection of piccies that have filled my last few weeks with laughter. Just sad it has not continued with this weekend... but the most important thing is that Pops gets better.