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After lunch I teach my friend Thea how do to high jump for sports day on Wednesday. At 3.45pm I leave straight from school with my mum to travel to Birmingham for the National Schools Athletic Championships. Arrive at hotel just outside Birmingham. Supper of sausages, mash and peas then 9.30pm bed.
We leave the hotel at 10.30am to get to the Alexander Stadium. The stadium has been used the week before for a major international athletic meeting so all the televisions and marquees are still up. We find our area, which is organised by Kelly College, and get my competition number 5. A ham sandwich for lunch then the girls’ U13 high jump with twelve other competitors. I clear 1.36m which is a personal best (PB) and puts me in sixth place. At 4.45 I am called up for the U13 800m race, I am in the first heat and do another PB at 2m33s and finished eight out of 22. We leave the stadium at 6pm after stocking up with sandwiches, crisps and apples and arrive home at 10.30pm and go straight to bed.
Sports day. I am competing in the high jump and 800m. The high jump is first and I clear 1.41m - a personal best and a school record. The 800m is next. I run it in 2m47s, another school record. I am also down for the discus, which I hadn’t realised, but manage to throw 15.49m and come second. 8.30 supper of pasta with tomato sauce and a banana then bed.
Speech day and prize giving then a one hour drive to Porth Valley, Newquay for a Four Burrow Pony Club cross-country training session. The two hour session goes very well and I jump one of the scariest fences on the course, an unfinished bridge, which has a huge drop. Fish and chips on the way home then bed at 11pm.
Unload the tack from mum’s car, check the ponies and give them a brush. My sister’s birthday party so lunch of sandwiches, crisps, salad, strawberries and birthday cake. Then start packing for the school water sports trip to the Ardeche. We leave Sunday morning at 7.30 from school. There are several things I still need so mum has asked me to write a list.
Muck out stables and bring ponies in from field. I then ride Airday. She’s only 13.2 hands high and a little small for me now but I have to keep her fit until my sister can ride her. A short run at 6pm then attempt some press-ups for my county netball summer training programme.
Check the ponies and brush them. Run at a least a mile looking for my dog Noddy. At 6pm I have swimming training with the Four Burrow Pony Club at Truro School. We do about 45 lengths and work on our tumble turns.
My busy week kicks off early in the morning with a double period of GCSE theory lessons. The rest of my PE class and I umpire the younger years netball matches to gain more knowledge of the game and to practise for our GCSE. I go to the gym after school to get some exercise to get fit for lacrosse.
I have the option of going to the gym to work on my fitness. I also have my GCSE PE practical lesson and we work on skills in lacrosse or another chosen sport. To finish the day, I have a netball match against local schools and this week it’s the U16 Ascot schools tournament.
I have lessons all through the day. But to end the day I get some fresh air on the pitch in my lacrosse double training session. Straight after this I then have a netball training session after school to get in some extra practise in my shooting skills and to practise with my teammates.
We play a mixed game of basketball during our GCSE PE lesson and then an hour’s badminton during Btech sport. We do a warm up of rallies with a partner then practise skills, shots and techniques, followed by a game. We have dance practice for our Rock Challenge competition during breaktime and afterschool. In the evening I have an indoor hockey match.
Our one-hour GCSE dance lesson comprises individual dance routines then after school there’s more practice for the Rock Challenge competition. Hockey training in the evening with the ladies 1st and 2nd team. The session includes warm up, fitness, stretches, skills and a game.
More dance practice after school for the Rock Challenge competition. Then between 5.15 and 7.15pm, I take a mixed group of four girls (U12 & U14) and coach them in hockey goalkeeping. I plan these sessions myself. Afterwards it’s an hour and a half of U16 hockey training with my age group squad as well as having some separate goalkeeper training. The session includes warm up, skills, techniques and a game.
Our GCSE PE lesson comprises a fitness test and multi-stage fitness tests etc. We then have a three-hour dance practice for the Rock Challenge competition in place of normal lessons. In the evening it’s advanced goalkeeper training. The session includes warm up, fitness, stretches, skills and techniques that improve speed and agility, diving and smothering.
Our GCSE dance lesson comprises individual dance routines then after school we have an extra GSCE PE practical lesson. Bucks county hockey training takes place for ninety minutes in the evening, training with the squad and goalkeeper-specific training.
It’s the start of the mock exam week which means I have two English exams today. But my last lesson of the day is PE. Luckily for me, the rugby lesson is called off due to the bad weather so it’s basketball instead. After a warm up and a few drills we go into matches. A great way to finish the day.
Knowing that I have a busy week ahead with exams, I decide that today is my rest day. I finish my maths exam and meet with the school physiotherapist so I can go through my stretching programme. Then it’s off home for an evening of revision.
No exams today but plenty of training to catch up on. I have my second PE lesson of the week, this time in the fitness suite working on my upper body strength. I’m lucky that the school gym is wheelchair accessible so I can use all the equipment. After school I help coach at the school’s wheelchair basketball club with the younger children. It’s one of my favourite sessions of the week as I can just have a bit of fun and relax. I help some of the younger kids with their dribbling and shooting skills and then finish with a game.
I have one to one coaching after school and it’s the day of the week I don’t look forward to normally because my coach Mr Kendall makes me do so much fitness work. After the fitness session (which he says is just a warm up) we work on my movement and speed around the court. We finish with some shooting practice.
Today I have my history exam, the final one of the week. Then after school I go home to change and go straight back out to my club training with Blackhawks in Farnborough. It’s gone ten by the time I get home so straight to bed as I have an early start tomorrow.
I always look forward to the weekends as I get to focus solely on my basketball. I’m up early and then travel over to Newbury to continue with my training for the U19 league with Newbury Kings. Being one of the youngest in the age group, training is hard work, but I enjoy the chance to get one over on the older boys in the squad. Once I get back, it’s a quick shower and change then out to meet some friends.
I make the most of a chance for a lie-in and then it’s back over to Farnborough for a double training session, first for the regional U19 session at 3pm and then a general training session at 6pm. By the end of training though I’m really tired. It’s been a busy week and I will have it all to do again next week, minus a few exams.
Rugby at lunch time. We play small sided games of touch to try and improve our basic skills and game play. I enjoy this as I enjoy playing quick rugby like the All Blacks. Double PE after lunch which involves lots of different sports like football, volleyball and handball. After school I have football training for my club Welling United. I play in the midfield where I can make lots of passes and runs. Football training starts at 7pm and finishes at 8.30pm.
I have basketball training for the school team at lunch time in the sports hall where we practise all of our basic skills like passing, dribbling and lay-ups. I enjoy basketball as it is very fast moving and keeps me on my toes. After school I have football training for the school football team. We usually play conditioned games where we focus on different ways of playing such as playing wide or playing quickly with only a few touches. We have a strong football team at the school and have won all of our games with our biggest victory being 12-1.
Before school I play basketball, starting at 7.20 and finishes at 8.25. We practise our basic skills and also do more game specific training. After school, I have rugby training where we work on our contact skills like tackling and rucking. Although I play at fly half, I love tackling. Our school team is very good and we have won four out of five games so far this year.
At lunchtime we have football training, which is a light session as we have played the night before. Mr Beaumont makes us think about how we played the night before and how we can improve for the following game. After school, I have rugby training for the school team. This is a light session where we work on our basic passing and running with the ball skills, as we have a game on Saturday morning so don’t want to be injured. After rugby training, I travel over to the Priory School for football training with Welling United. Here we work on game specific areas such as our structure and how we pass the ball around. This session lasts from 7pm until 8.30pm.