It’s the small acts of kindness that shine through

I know you will all join me in thought and prayer for those who lost their lives, or were injured in the Manchester bombing. It was a truly evil act but I would rather focus on how the face of humanity shines through evil. I am thinking of the many small acts of kindness that we saw in the wake of the horror. The taxi drivers ferrying people home without charge, the people of the city who opened their doors to strangers and offered them a bed for the night, the homeless man who was sat outside the venue at the time of the explosion and who immediately rushed to help victims – the sort of man we all walk past in the street! The incredible work of the police, emergency and security services ...
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Storm retain BT Nationals Cup & North East Bulls take the Shield

It was a great #rugbyfamily weekend and lovely to see so many friends, families and especially children enjoying the Nationals. We were all kept on our toes by the Stackhouse twins – Pearl and Willow who are now walking and enjoyed going up and down the stands, whilst Pearl was pretty good with Rebecca’s whistle. The Nationals is always a great celebration because it brings together so many of our clubs and both old and new players. As for old - Pricey tells me this was his last tournament as he has now moved back to Devon – not quite as good as Cornwall – but he is getting closer to paradise! Next season he will be coaching instead though I can’t quite believe that we will not see...
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Getting Ready for the BT National Championships

It was a grey, wet bank holiday weekend in Cornwall so I hope it was brighter where you were! I did get to the skate park with my 8 year old son – which is almost as dangerous for me as getting in a chair and trying to play rugby, but at least it was warmer than his surfing classes which start next weekend!  It was a good bank holiday though and I enjoyed watching a fantastic performance from Exeter Chiefs who demolished Saints 36-12, with Cornishman Jack Nowell having the most amazing game. Our Chairman tells me that Quins were on fire as well and that our ambassador Mike Brown had one of his best games. And then there was the fight – Anthony Joshua’s defeat of Klitschko – just fan...
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Supporting One Another

Yesterday I was privileged to attend the Domestic Management Group, something I like to do once a year. It was a very well attended meeting and I was pleased to listen to those representing your clubs, and especially interested to hear from those from our newest clubs. As we chase funding for the GB national team it was good for me to be reminded about how much hard work goes on locally to raise funds for your own clubs. I appreciate that trying to raise money at every level is hard work and I appreciate the efforts of all the volunteers who put themselves out to do that. The JustGiving campaign has made a steady start and as I write we have raised about £14,000 with another £3,000 to add ...
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Being True to Ourselves and Those who Believe in Us

So at long last our JustGiving funding campaign has started and on day one we had 129 subscribers who generously gave a total of just over £5000. An encouraging start and a massive thank you to those who dug deep at a time when for most money is not plentiful! Now the task is to get the campaign out there in the headlights and really work hard to see how much of the £3million we can raise. It is a huge challenge but it's one I am up for and having a competitive GB team is something I am passionate about. It would be a massive injustice to those who have overcome huge personal challenges, trained hard and committed themselves to then not have a chance to win a medal when we know how close t...
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Time to Move on

You will by now all have heard the disappointing news that the UK Sport board considered all of the factors we presented in our representation but concluded that we still did not merit being placed in Band 3 and as such the original decision not to fund wheelchair rugby remains. We felt we had presented a strong performance based case and with continued funding believe we had a high chance of medalling in Tokyo. For much of today I have been dealing with questions from the ...
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