The day was organised by Jenny Wallwork (you may have guessed that bit), a former England international and Commonwealth Games medallist (in Delhi in 2010). Jenny is a genuinely inspiring young woman and if you don’t know her personal story, I would certainly recommend that you click on the link and visit her Foundation’s website….
The facilities at Garforth are excellent, and I was particularly relieved to arrive in one piece after my windscreen wiper blade had snapped off mid-wipe the previous morning and I was pretty nervous about a repeat performance as I trundled down a decidedly damp M1.
Thankfully all was well; it was good to see Jenny again; I was introduced to her parents, Brian and Jill, before having a long and hugely enjoyable chat with Adam Whitehead, Olympic swimmer (and the 2002 Commonwealth 100m breaststroke gold medallist), now seemingly carving out a successful career as a DJ.
Well he was in charge of the music yesterday….
There was loads going on. Four badminton courts were in constant use; there was a raffle, a quiz, and plenty of activities for the kids. My semi-athletic contribution to proceedings was to take part in three games of doubles. That the first two resulted in victories was solely down to my respective partners, Kate Robertshaw and Sarah Milne; but it was a pleasure to be able to share a court with such fantastic players.
The second game in particular (against Alex Langley and Nick Coulson) was both close and, for this member of the quartet, exhausting; and I’m using fatigue and aching hips as excuses for my final outing (alongside Jenny) having been accepted as my entry for the mannequin challenge.
It was… which is certainly more than I can say for my hips this afternoon!