What a difference a week makes! Had a little fight with a pole on our last day of training in La Seu last week....the pole won! Thanks to the instant delivery of a steri-strip from physio Andy, it's all healed up now and my good/bad (delete as you see appropriate!) looks are here to stay!
Well, that was an experience! Thank you @pink for your ingenuity, fun, genuineness, inspiration (no Mum, I'm not going into acrobatics!) and love for every single one of us filling Wembley ("can we have an 80 000 person cuddle??")
As somebody who is called a boy everyday, the self-love speech once again rang true. I wish I could play it on a speaker everytime I walk into public toilets....maybe I should?? If you somehow missed that famous 2017 VMA speech, look it up, but the crux of it goes like this:
"And I said to her, 'Do you see me growing my hair?' She said, 'No, Mama.' I said, 'Do you see me changing my body?' 'No, Mama.' 'Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?' 'No, Mama.' 'Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?' 'Yes, Mama.' 'OK! So, baby girl. We don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.' It hurts when I hear that female athletes don't want to do weights because of what their body will become, or worse, they quit their sport entirely for that reason. Who's going to care when you become the rockstars of your sport? Personally, I can't imagine not having these guns. Besides all the things I couldn't then lift or do, life would be a lot less fun!
Dallerie was looking spectacular for the @morrisonsacademy Sports yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed my time watching all the events going on and it was a privilege to present the prizes.
On my last Sports Day as a pupil in 2000, the prizes were presented by Emma Carrick-Anderson. I remember thinking I wanted to be just as good an athlete to have the chance of presenting the prizes one day. That day finally came! ✅ Who will be the next MA Olympian?? #SportsDay#MorrisonsAcademy#StriveForTheHighest#EmmaCarrickAnderson#Olympian
Big day! Absolutely honour to be presenting the prizes at the @morrisonsacademy Sports Day today. Time to dust off these 20 year old spikes for the Former Pupil relay! At least I've now figured out an easier way to put the spikes in....see second picture 🤣
2 months, 6 days. Miss you Dad and your wink and look of pride just for me!
Happy 67th Fathers Day Grandpa! 💙💙💙
Unlucky 13 was certainly unlucky for me in our home World Cup Race 1 at Lee Valley. Good enough sections at the top and the bottom of the course but came apart in the middle of the course. Couldn't quite correct a line error before the crutial section at gates 19 to 20 which meant I lost too much time there. Too much time lost for a chance of a place in the final.
So, so disappointed I didn't manage to put something down. Thank you so much to everyone who came to support me on the riverbank and from home.
Time to move forward to the rest of the season!
Ach so close to a final! So many little things on that run could have been the 0.08 second difference.
Happy Birthday Dad, know you're still supporting me from somewhere; didn't quite send you the birthday present I was hoping for! 💙😘
Onwards home to Lee Valley for World Cup 1 in 2 weeks time!
Leaving behind that team run from today!
Off to tomorrow's semi-final. My run is at 11:26BST. No livestreaming because of TV rights! So unless you have access to France 3, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene or German TV then the live results in my bio will have to do! 📷: @kim_jones_photography#CanoeSlalom#EuropeanChampionships
CANNOT wait for the food shop to be easier when I'm back home in 🏴! The 2 min drive to stock up on Paleo bars… t.co/SSbSp6fvOA
Another sunny session with @ricarda_funk this morning....4 months on from our fun sessions in Dubai! So good to be sharing our course with the world's best. Thanks Rici for the session and laughter!
Thanks @franzanton89 for the 📷💣!
From early next week, ticket prices for the World Cup will… t.co/ruVmwf6RIl
We wanted to set up a fundraising page in memory of my Dad, Nigel Pennie, to raise funds for the Friends of Crieff… t.co/6LJVEDIPrP
We have been wanting to set up an online fundraising page for all those who weren't able to make Dad's funeral or who didn't have a chance to donate on the day. Thanks so much to @janetdenholm of The Friends of Crieff Hospital charity for going through the many hoops required by the Wonderful fundraising platform, we now finally have a page set up. I wanted to use Wonderful as 100% of the funds and Gift Aid go directly to the charity.
Dad spent 3 long months in Crieff Hospital. Quite simply, without it and the kind and caring staff, Mum and I have would have had a far more difficult time. We really want to be able to give back and help the hospital to keep being an invaluable place for the Crieff community.
Any small amount would be very much appreciated. Link in my bio.