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Suffering from Olympics withdrawal

It’s been a long, tough week. Why, you ask? Because I’m having serious Olympics withdrawal. From staying up all night watching the opening, having coverage on the office television every afternoon, running 3 devices at a time every evening so I could watch as many different events as possible, setting my alarm to wake up in the middle of the night to watch Mo Farah win another gold, and generally just being completely obsessed; 16 days have never passed so quickly.

This isn’t a one-off for me. I absolutely love sports and always have. I’ve always played sport, I’ve coached rugby for 12 years, I’ll literally watch and support anything that’s competitive.┬áSo whilst I am gutted that the Olympics is over for another 4 years, there’s Continue reading…


365 days

A lot can happen in a year. 365 days ago, I wrote my final post as a UCBlogger. Having finished my final year of a BA in Sports Management at UCB, received confirmation of my degree classification, and accepted a new job, I had no idea what the next 365 days would bring.

I can tell you now. It’s been an absolute whirlwind.

I am in total disbelief that a year has passed. And looking back, I have some truly amazing memories to share with you. Continue reading…


Dream come true

I’ve written before about the voluntary work I’m involved with for this year’s Rugby World Cup but we’re now just 53 days away from the start of the tournament and my excitement levels have hit a crazy high.

On Friday I received my schedule and it is incredible. The only Twickenham game I’m not working is England v Australia but that’s ok because it gives me a weekend off to relax and watch the match with friends instead.

My first shift is in 51 days as I’m needed a couple of days before the tournament starts for an induction and to help with the set up ahead of the Opening Ceremony and first game and yes, I now have a countdown calendar to tick off each day.

I also spent the weekend in Continue reading…


Give something back or pay it forward

Whichever way you look at it, doing a good deed or helping someone out always feels so rewarding.

For me, the best way to do this is by volunteering. I’ve written before about the voluntary work I’ve done over the years but seeing as this week was National Volunteers Week and it’s just over 100 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup, I thought I’d write a bit about what I’ve been up to.

RWC01Rugby is a huge part of my life and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved at some wonderful community clubs and carried out various roles over the last 10 years. I was therefore always going to find a way to be involved with the Rugby World Cup. To be hosting the tournament in England (with a few games over in Wales) and building on the incredible success of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the team at England 2015 are working incredibly hard to ensure our nation delivers one of the best sports tournaments the world will have ever seen. And I have no doubt, it’s going to be amazing. Continue reading…