My Inner Warrior Camp Experience | Women’s Rugby For Beginners | Ad

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I’m all about trying new activities and putting my functional fitness to the test – so when the opportunity arose to try out rugby for beginners I jumped at the chance!

A couple of days ago I went to my England Rugby Inner Warrior camp in Garstang, though unfortunately those injuries I spoke about last week are still troubling me, along with a brand new sprained ankle. Great. I decided to still go along to my booked camp and see how much I could do, with worst being that I’d have to sit and watch.

I’m happy to say I could work around my injury for the majority of the camp, and I only sat out part because I was getting far too into playing so had to self-preserve! Read on to learn more about the camp and find out how you can release your Inner Warrior and join in on one of the free rugby taster camps.

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Show Your Warrior Face + Come Train At An England Rugby Warrior Camp With Me! | Ad

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Hey, girl – heard you were into tough fitness! Wanna come get tough with me at an England Rugby Warrior Camp?

Rugby is the ultimate tough team sport, and an amazing opportunity to see just how functional your fitness is – and now’s your chance to try it out with England Rugby, for free.

I’ve signed up for the Garstang Camp on 24th August, and I’d love it if you could join me – if you can’t make that Camp, then there are loads more across the country over the next few weeks. Read on to find out why you should try this sport out and how you can release your own Inner Warrior!

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The 7 Things I Learned From Judging A CrossFit Competition

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Those who can’t, judge… Or so the saying goes. Maybe you want to contribute to the community, or voluntary judging gets you a quicker route to competing next time – whichever you are, I highly recommend judging a CrossFit competition at least once, for everything you’ll learn along the way.

I took the CrossFit judges’ course in February so I could judge in the Open, then I recently judged at the Rainhill Trials – a competition I’ve competed in myself and will be competing in again – and since then I’ve been thinking of the lessons that judging has taught me, both from a judging and an athlete point of view.

Lessons one and two are specifically for judges; three and four for athletes. The final three are for how judges and athletes can work smoothly together, but I recommend you read all for a holistic view for your next competition, whether you’re competing or judging!

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SPORT: This Girl On The Radio

By now you will have heard of the This Girl Can campaign – going into its second season, it’s everywhere from TV to viral on social media. The ad came as a reaction to the difference of two million more men than women playing sport, and also from research by Women in Sport which found out teenage girls avoid sport and PE as they felt getting sweaty, messy and dirty was unfeminine, and they also felt that boys got more encouragement to participate in sport.

This Girl Can addresses those barriers by showing real women being active and loving it, whether they’re sweaty, jiggling, or red-faced. You can now be part of the campaign yourself by creating your own This Girl Can ad, like mine, above. I was recently a part of a radio documentary exploring why teenage girls try to get out of PE and sport. You can hear me lisp my way through the last couple of minutes of the show, talking about my experiences of sport in school, and the advice I’d give to my own fourteen-year-old self.

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SPORT: Greater Manchester Awards

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The voluntary sector in sport is the biggest by number of people, the most depended on, yet it is the sector that receives the least recognition. Without volunteers grassroots sport – that’s Sunday leagues, athletics clubs, children’s coaches, the lot – would not exist. And where do you think elite sport participants would come from without grassroots?! So we have an awful lot to thank the ordinary people who give up their spare time to run clubs and coach others.

The Greater Manchester Sports Awards exists to honour these everyday heroes, and I had the pleasure of going along with my friend from run club, Anthony, to sit on the Xtra Mile Events and MLP Law table. Xtra Mile are the organisers of the Manchester Marathon with MLP sponsoring the Corporate Challenge, so it was quite humbling to be sat with the gang who are basically driving my running over the next five months!

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One of my favourite moments of the night was when Leigh Genesis Football Club won Club of the Year, and a group of coaches – including a female coach – went up on stage to collect the award. The presenter discussed the teams they look after with the male coaches, before turning to the female coach. “I guess this includes women’s teams as well?” “Yeah”, she said. “But I only coach boys’ teams”. I couldn’t help but laugh – it is easy to fall into stereotypes when talking sport, even when you’re involved in it, as it is so frequently viewed as masculine. Charity organisers of the awards GreaterSport are working to stamp out discrimination – whether that’s age, sex, race, whatever – from grassroots upwards.

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For me the most inspiring win was Sports Achiever of the Year, Jess Taylor. I always resonate with those most like me – Jess is around my age but the things she has achieved are absolutely phenomenal. This girl not only got a bronze medal in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – she is ranked third in the UK heptathlon rankings and fifteenth in the ALL-TIME UK heptathlete rank. AND she has a Masters degree in Architecture! Her next goals are to compete in the Beijing 2015 World Championships and at the Rio 2016 Olympics. With this career trajectory I have no doubt she achieve everything she sets her mind to.

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Iwan Thomas MBE was guest speaker, and his story of the journey to the 1998 Budapest European Championships was one part moving to two parts hilarious. It must be tough to be a teenage professional athlete; to have so much expected of you yet still be going through the teenage tantrums that were bad enough without gold medals being on the line. There’s a documentary coming out about Iwan’s relationship with his coach Mike Smith that looks worth a watch for anyone interested in running, or even just self-development.

One thing I’ll keep with me from Iwan’s talk is to believe in yourself, trust in yourself and work hard. You can’t really go wrong if you follow that advice.

All in all, a brilliant night: I got to wear a cocktail dress, get my photo taken with Iwan (though I don’t think the lighting does much for either of us, sorry pal!) and go home with a fuzzy feeling of community and humanity in my tum. Or maybe that was just the wine. Either way, it’s certainly reminded me to thank the marshals next time I’m at a run, for without them there would be no run.

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