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Wrestling With Wrestling

A big thank you to Amir Eslami and everyone at Legion Wrestling Club – http://www.legion-wrestling.com/ – for my freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Freestyle wrestling was first up and our coach, Dawad Gaspari, put us through a gruelling warm up. After … Continue reading

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At Lilleshall With Louis Smith

For those not familiar with it, Lilleshall is the National Sports Centre and is home to British Gymnastics, Archery GB and the English Institute of Sport. It’s a huge place in Shropshire band, aided by the usual sat nav vagaries, … Continue reading

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The One You’ve All Been Waiting For

Finally the day of my high dive arrived. I’d been dreading it for months and I couldn’t concentrate on my work all morning. In the end I had to resort to playing old tunes on Spotify at very high volume … Continue reading

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Behind (And Above & Around) Bars

Back to Hendon Leisure Centre with Jon for three more gymnastic apparatuses with the ever patient Adel. : parallel bars; asymmetric bars ; and the high bar. We started with the parallel bars where, somewhat to our surprise, we actually … Continue reading

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How I Tackled Handstands and Hoop Tricks…

Alina Grigorescu’s story is fascinating – she was a Romanian gymnastics international before leaving the sport because she was ‘too old’ (to put that in context she’s only 32 now). She went on to work in the theatre in Romania … Continue reading

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The Pole Vault – Time to overcome my fear and commit

When I started my challenge there were 4 events that filled me with fear : horse riding ; gymnastics ; the high dive ; and the pole vault. I’m slowly working my way through them and, last Wednesday, it was … Continue reading

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The Heights Of High and Triple Jump

One of the interesting things about doing 110 events is that inevitably you have to do a number of them simultaneously – and the impact upon your body can be quite intriguing. Last week I went for a training run … Continue reading

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