1. Why do you love it? Is there a story behind it?
I love it cos i love pushing myself tot the limit, and yes there is
I was a cross country runner and skater at school, carried this thru to the army where i joined military college at 16 (weapons engineering, tanks and artillery) and later to 7 royal horse artillery (parachute regiment). My best position was 4th in a national army cross-country championship whilst representing my college, i started boxing in the army (middleweight) and was heavily into it when i came out and continued it for a few years while i studied chemistry/biology at civilian college.
Just prior to leaving the army i became a swimming lifeguard while on general duties waiting for discharge and i found a new passion there as my swimming was really poor before having all this time to develop it.
While at college my brother, ( a 6 time British champion in rollerspeedsjkating) convinced me to compete in one of the sprints, 500m in the British championships in Tatem Park, London which i won to my surprise, i carried on inlining but got more into aggressive street stuff as this apparently was alot cooler
. However looking at the scars on my legs now i'm wondering if it really is!
I got a place in Uni to become a dietitian and in my second year i joined the university Taekwondo club, i was only one with a university minibus permit so driving them to the Scottish Open Championships in Glasgow was my only original intention, i wasn't supposed to compete and i didn't even have a white belt grading but my instructor ( a 2nd dan black belt who was on the year below me on my course and a Greek gold medalist) convinced me to join in to just build up some experience, he lent me his taekwondo suit incluuding belt ;p. Looking back on it he is a bit of a rogue. However, I got to the finals and was awarded a silver medal, would have got gold if i had known what i was doing but i *cough* commited a foul in final round, i won't say any more
. Anyway i got a university Half-Blue for this from the Sports Society when i graduated so was more than happy.
Before graduation in my 3rd and fourth year was part of University Capoeira society and started learning this amazing flowing martial art / dance i also learned to play the berimbau and lots of portugues songs as an offshoot (the acrobatics are surprisingly easy).
I joined Kings College Tennis club when i graduated and in my second year had started to win the tournies there.
So what am i doing now? i compete in 5k race every Saturday, i was 3rd/167 runners last sat. i am also lucky in my work, i get to horseride every Monday (on a horse once used in a mel gibson production called Macy, she is 18 hands high and getting on a bit at 17 yrs old but is stilll very fast), ice skate tuesday mornings (ovetchkin carbons), inline at skate park on tuesday afternoons (razor silhan pros). Mountain bike on a wednesday afternoon in different forest locations/funparks in aberdeenshire and i have been skiing weekly through the winter on thursdays but stopped about a month ago after a 3 day stint in the Cairngorms willl def do it next winter was my first time doing it, got up to some red runs never tried the black runs tho - it is very similar to inlining.
I play badminton at least once a fortnight with my boss and sometimes we vs the educational psychologists (who share my office floor and are v-e-r-y annoying with the shredder!) we face them next this thursday. I have dusted off the tennis racket a few weeks ago too on joining David Lloyd health club around that time and i next play a game on wednesday evening. I started swimming again at David Lloyd too (between saunas
) and swam 1600m as a recovery from my 5k run yesterday and am off to gym and swim in a few hrs too prolly the same distance ish. I also leave the car at home (on purpose!) a few times a week and commute on my cycle.
You still awake?
if u got this far u can see i love sport and never turn down an opportunity to participate or compete. Oh there is one sport i forgot to mention, Shiaya! but u know all about that one. [and yes it is a sport, just a mental not a physical one!]
2. Do you play a sport? If so, say so. hmm i think i have answered that in the first part o.o although i can elaborate if necessary....
3. Whats your favorite team? . not into team sports, or watching sports so much either
Shaiya v Rihanna ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AFQxaJAVIrw#