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Blog Spot: Ben Rushgrove

Ben Rushgrove


20 May 2009

Paralympic medallist Ben Rushgrove will keep www.uka.org.uk informed on the ins and outs of his season in the year ahead. Keep an eye out for his blogs.


Happy Christmas 2009

User AvatarPosted by Liz Birchall at 10/12/2009 4:49:45 PM

Yes, it's that time of year again, before all the Christmas celebrations get under way there is the small matter of awards ceremonies.  Which I was delighted to attend two of them in the same weekend!  Really I'm only therefore the food... seriously though it's a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones, as well as thanking all those people who contributed to sport in 2009. 

The first awards ceremony I attended was the UKA awards dinner in Birmingham on Saturday 5th December.  I had a ball impressing those on the same table as me with my skills on the table quiz, although if I’m honest our overall showing was pretty bad as six tables tied with full marks and we weren’t anywhere close!

For all of those who attended I'm sure they will say that it was a good night.  Particularly the entertainment with Tasha Danvers, Marilyn Okoro and Jo Mersh all performing alongside William Sharman. I never knew athletes could be talented in more than one way, and at the close there was plenty of singing and dancing courtesy of the final encore where athletes were invited up to sing the chorus to ‘Proud’.  I was lucky enough to be asked to present the award for volunteer of the year and it was good to see other sides of the sport.

After Birmingham it was a quick drive down the motorway for the BBC South West awards, which were at Bath University.  A easy venue for me as I live about 15 minutes away.  Again this was an entertaining evening and importantly I feel the right person (Jenson Button) won the main regional award.  But at this weekend’s BBC Sports Personality it would be nice to see if one of the athletics superstars could take it so fingers crossed and good luck Phillips and Jess.

Finally, the other day I was informed about an hour before being interviewed on the subject, that there was a thousand days to go until the start of the London Paralympic Games.  Really I said well I suppose that's something, but for me before then there's so much going on from the talks in schools to inspire the next generation of athletes, to the many competitions and targets which I have set for 2010 as well as qualifying for the 2011 world Championships in New Zealand – 2012 is a few steps away and I’m going to concentrate on the here and now. 

Anyway that's a small taster of things to come so all that remains, is for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  And of course thank you for your support in 2009.