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Fundraising, Awards and Poznan preparations. :  details

I have been training very hard preparing for Poland since the coffee morning, which was a great success raising £261.00. Thank you very much to everyone who attended, helped, baked cakes, took the time to come along and support me and donated to my "Poznan fund". To those of you who have donated since, via justgiving, leaving donations at the hall, etc, Thank you, its very much appreciated. Without your help my trip to Poland to compete would have been very difficult to achieve. The support I have received has been amazing.

The coffee morning is hopefully going to be an annual event at the hall, and I'm also thinking of a few other ideas for other events throughout the year. I will keep you all posted.

The weekend after the coffee morning I had 2 days of training in the hall with my personal coach, this went very well. I try to have at least 1 weekend of training with him in a month. He helps me a lot, his coaching is invaluable to me, and without his input I wouldn't be progressing as well as I am.

I've also been to an England training camp in Nottingham where I scored a personal best on my skills test at a camp. It was a very successful camp for me. I won all matches I played in the camp competition which is to continue throughout the season. I'm also very pleased to say that my personal coach Barry Bowden was recently appointed as England Squad Head coach. Congratulations to him !

My training in the hall continues 3-4 times a week and I have also been to my club training in Edinburgh too.

I was recently nominated for the 'Best of Northumberland' sporting achievement award (formerly Pride of Northumberland awards). On the 18th of September I attended a reception at the Alnwick Garden with my Mum, where I won the award. I had a really good night, met some inspirational people and came home with another trophy for my cabinet.

I've decided over the last few days to try and add a few more different balls to my competition set. Once I return from Poland and I've found a price I will be looking to buy some of these new balls which should help further my game. Boccia balls are expensive especially if they're being bought from another Country, so I may look towards organising another fundraising event. If anyone has any fundraising ideas, or would be interested in being involved or helping out, please let me know.

I will be continuing with my preparations for Poznan until the 7th of October when I travel to Stanstead to fly out to Poland the following day. My Mum will try to keep you updated during the competition, via the Kirknewton Northumberland facebook page and I will be updating my blog on my return.

Thank you all for your ongoing support, it means a lot.


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