On Friday I attended the Manchester event with my parents. I had heard about the event from a friend who had been on the programme before and I couldn’t wait to find out who the famous Olympian would be.
We had been to the Velodrome, which is on the same site, with my team in November so we found it really easily. I was a bit nervous as we left the car but as we walked in I saw Breia from Pentathlon and from then on my nerves ended. We registered and were given our white Asda Athlete T-shirts and we had our individual photographs taken. We had time to mix with the other athletes before the presentations. It was clear to see that the athletes were of varying ages and that they came from a wide range of sports.
The Asda team were introduced and we were promised a fun day! We were told about the Sports Aid programme and the link with Asda.
Then we had a sports psychologist, Louise Ellis, talk with us. We needed to complete some exercises about things that affect performance. We then needed to think about our best ever performance and how we felt at the time. This made me think about the importance of positive self talk. Remember performance is 10% physical and 90% mental- PMA!
Then Darren Campbell came and spoke to us. Wow! He was so thankful to his Mum and he also chatted about his network of supporters. He was really down to earth as he talked about the temptations of junk food and messing about. We will all need to make sacrifices and train hard but the sacrifices will seem like nothing when we experience the winning. He said that we will write our book and its not where we start but where we end that is important. Darren said we should always dream big and we should aim for the top. If we dream and work hard we will believe and when we believe anything is possible on any given day! He talked about his hamstring injury prior to winning the Olympic gold in the relay and about adversity. He was so inspiring and motivating- I just wanted to get back out and train! When it’s cold and wet outside and I am training I will remember what he said, ‘Be the best you can be – how far can you take the journey?’ Remember dream- believe- enjoy! We were able to have photos with Darren and also to see the Gold and Silver Olympic medals.
In the afternoon we had Sports media training on facebook, twitter and we learned about the information which we need to put into our athlete biogs and blogs.
Mum and Dad met Alistair and Jonny Brownlee’s Dad in their workshop.
Just before we left we were given our packs with the grant from Asda.
Thank you to all for a great day!