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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Super Series Success for Canterbury

So Canterbury came out on top in a closely fought battle with Burn to head the Division 2 Super Series 2 weekend. Steve Brown, taking a break from presenting his feature on BBC’s ‘The One Show’, led his team to a 43-41 victory against Burn, now coached by recently retired GB veteran Alan Ash. The league continues to see a big upward trend in the quality of competition with some very close results. Another GB athlete who has just retired is also making an impact following his move into coaching - Mike Kerr is now a player/coach with Crushers where he helped the team improve game on game to end the weekend with a one goal win over Liverpool RGC. I’m told their wild celebrations on doin...
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Business As Usual

It’s been an important week. On Monday we submitted our representation to UK Sport giving our reasons why we believe that the decision to cut all of our funding should be reversed. The document we presented is the result of a great deal of detailed work. I would like to thank Professor Vicky Tolfrey who many you will know as the Director of the Peter Harrison Centre at Loughborough University, Dr Viola Altmann who many will also know as an IWRF Classifier, Tim Reid our solicitor from Hogan Lovells, and our Trustee Simon Le Fevre, all of whom helped Lorraine and I put together what I believe to be a very strong case. We now wait until 7 February when we will present the substance of that ca...
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Embrace Diversity…

My daughter gave me a wonderful book for Christmas called ‘If I could tell you just one thing…’ It is by Richard Reed and it is a rich selection of encounters with remarkable people in which they give their best piece of advice. As Richard says in its introduction ‘it covers the full spectrum of human experiences and emotions’ and has contributions from ‘presidents and popstars, entrepreneurs and artists, celebrities and survivors’. I am only a quarter of the way into the book at the moment but I am already inspired by some of the advice. One of the early pieces that I have been struck by is that of Harry Belafonte Kingsman. For those not familiar with him, he is the 89 year ol...
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