Hello!! It's been awhile, or rather a few weeks, but work has taken me from home a lot the past two weeks and I really haven't had the time to sit down with a cuppa and a blogging idea. How are you? I hope your well, I am.
So, where have I been . . .
Belfast! I was fortunate to receive a great opportunity to speak at the HMC Conference 2012. It was a hugely interesting trip and I met some great people (and contacts for schools). I was on a panel talking about the Olympic/Paralympic Legacy in education . . .
Now, unlike my fellow panelists - Lord Moynihan and journalist Jim White - I don't claim to be an expert on independent/state schools and how sports is promoted in either . . . I do, however, know what it is like to be a Paralympic athlete AND a Paralympic athlete that regularly talks in schools. On this panel I did my talk "old school;" I gave them all a "taster" of my story and some examples of the impact that a Paralympian's story can have on students.
Did I get rave review or what!!! It was a raging success in my book! (P.S. I was there to inspire, but, as usual, I got inspired myself - I learnt, absorbed, debated, and generally could feel my little brain soak up new information!! When a new opportunity presents itself remember to see, hear, and learn as much as you can from it!)
Where else have I been?
I have been to Manchester to visit three schools over the course of a week. Each school that I go to always blows me away with the students questions, respect, care, and curiosity - these three Manchester schools were no exception. I have already rebooked one of the schools for next year and am looking forward to visiting the others again soon.
Now, please keep an eye out on this blog, as I have some, kinda, crazy, amazing posts coming up!! Especially tomorrow (hint hint). I have had some fantastic blog ideas coming to me of late (and when I say late, I MEAN late, i.e., 2am this morning I had such a great idea I had to power up the laptop in bed and type like a crazy lady!!), and I really want to share with you all my thoughts on positivity, self belief, and life in general.