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.
In memory of my Dad, Nigel Pennie, we have set up a fundraising page for The Friends of Crieff Hospital. Every smal… t.co/q7s4cJSz8Z
If you missed this yesterday then check out how I keep a "work-life" balance. Now...back to my gate painting.... t.co/uAcV0CVcw2
2019 Selection has certainly been a selection series I'll never forget! A rougher start with a 3rd place on day 1, a win on day 2 and a JOINT(!!!) win on day 3! We were all a little confused as to what that means in separating Kim and I, but they decide by looking at our worst result from the 3 race series; 3rd for myself and 6th for Kim. Amazed I took the overall win in what is the 1st part of 3 races of Olympic selection. After so little whitewater training in the last 3 months, and beginning this campaign 10 days after Dad's passing, I really didn't expect much from these races and hoped I would just scrape into the top 3 to make the team for 2019. The first race that I can't tell Dad "I won!", but I know he's proud and giving me a little wink from up there!
Well done to everyone putting in some brilliant performances under pressure all weekend. Once again a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers giving up their Easter weekend to give their time to our amazing sport! 📷: @kim_jones_photography
Thank you everybody for your messages since Dad's passing at 02:35 on Wednesday morning. It's been really tough watching him slowly slip away; those 3-4 weeks we were told, became 3 long, long months. Fortunately we were with him when he eventually left to find Scamp who had been waiting for him to come and take him for a walk. They'll be having lots of fun with each other by now!
It's also been hard trying to find some sort of balance between my training and racing and being with Mum and Dad. I'm glad I managed to race all the races so far as he would have wanted. Next weekend, I have the GB selection races; selection for the 2019 team and the 1st part of 2020 Olympic selection. I'm now back home in London to give myself a few sessions back before racing starts on Saturday. I know Dad would be proud that I'm battling on, as he was with all that I have done. I just need to perfect my stone skimming to be anywhere near as good as he was at it!
I'll endeavour to reply to all the messages, but know that they have been appreciated. The funeral will be on Wednesday 24th April at 12:30 at Perth Crematorium and then onto the Huntingtower Hotel afterwards. All are welcome. Family flowers only, but a collection will be made for The Friends of Crieff Hospital. I will soon set up an online fundraiser for all those who wish to donate but are unable to make the funeral. Thanks everyone.
Nigel Pennie - 01.06.1952-10.04.2019