2018 Best Nine

Firstly Happy New Year – Hope you had fun bringing in the new year! The Hubby and I saw the new year in watching Deadpool 2 and then the fireworks on TV! In bed by 12:20am! Rock ‘n’ roll!

So, like a lot of my blog posts, this started life as an Instagram caption but got rather lengthy so it graduated to being my first (unplanned) blog post of 2019! Woo!

I downloaded my Best Nine Instagram posts of 2018, ready for that to be my first Instagram post of 2019 (it’ll now be the second instead) wishing everyone Happy New Year but what struck me was that the posts that did the best were those that were open, honest, communication from me – either sharing a truth about me and my anxiety, celebrating a success or just showing gratitude!


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New love for Netball

I was really happy to see this article a few weeks back –  Netball: The sport which is seeing a big boom in England, it is fantastic to hear, especially as my niece is an avid (and exceptionally good) netball player and which links nicely with what this post is all about! NETBALL!!!

Towards the end of 2017, I was extremely lucky to spend the entire weekend going back and forth to Stratford and the reason for that being I was attending various netball games and also a netball event day thanks to Vitality as part of their #WomenInSport campaign.

Watching the game on the Friday night, in the wonderful company of Tess, Laura and Lauren, was the first time I’d ever seen a proper netball game and I’ve never witnessed something so fast-paced and compelling I was soon sucked in by the excitement. Seeing the England Roses against the Malawi Queens was phenomenal.

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Ladies of Liverpool FC

So thanks to the amazing #WomenInSport Campaign in association with Vitality I got the very exciting opportunity to go to Liverpool and meet some of the Ladies of Liverpool FC. The lovely ladies in question were Jess Clarke, Caroline Weir and Laura Coombs.

Left to Right: Jess, Charlotte, Me, Caroline, Laura

Before I go further into the interesting insights they were able to share with myself and the lovely Charlotte and Amy, as some of the top Women In Sport – I’d just like to let you know how this how amazing campaign has affected me in such a positive way, not just getting to meet new inspiring people and take part in fun activities but also mentally.

I am so grateful that I said “yes!”

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Trying my Hand at Hockey

***This is not a sponsored post – though I was appreciative of coming home with my own hockey stick, ball, shin pads and bag which was lovely and unexpected. All opinions are my own***

So on Tuesday 7th, November England Hockey announced that Vitality UK is to be their official Wellness Partner,  and I was extremely lucky to be part of the launch event along with the lovely Lucy and terrific Tess, which took place at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!

Lucy, Tess & Me!

I had never played hockey or even held a proper hockey stick until this event, as my secondary school was a lacrosse school, so this was exciting and terrifying in equal measure.

Not only were we getting to learn some hockey skills, they were being taught to us by members of the Women and Men’s England Hockey teams – so not much pressure there then! Lol! But it was just amazing and so much fun, and I was just so relieved that I did manage to hit the ball. We got to meet Laura Unsworth, Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Phil Roper, Adam Dixon and Henry Weir.

It was such a pleasure to meet them all and learn some of the basic skills, even though my challenge for #WomenInSport campaign is going to be football, it was a brilliant opportunity to experience another team sport and to see what else is out there, even though it was something I had never done before.
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A Treat of a Trip to Tring

I was very lucky two weeks ago to go to Champneys Spa in Tring, courtesy of Champneys and Vitality – and it came at just the right time, the Saturday after I completed my Level 3 Personal Training course!

Now the reason for this wonderful treat is actually because I’m very excitingly going to be working with Vitality on their #WomenInSport Campaign, and it was at this event I got to meet some of the other lovely female bloggers who are also getting involved! I met Georgina, Terri, Sophie, Katrina, Laura and Charlotte – the other ladies taking part who couldn’t be there on the day are Lucy and Tess – please check out all their journeys too!

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