Tennis – Come and Try It!

By |July 31st, 2016|

For the tennis leg of the Road2Rio challenge I was invited by the Tennis Foundation to play an exhibition match during the British Wheelchair Tennis Open at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. It was, from my perspective, a huge success!

First I had to sing for my supper. Not literally, fortunately, as that would have cleared the […]

Kayaking Practice

By |July 28th, 2016|

Awesome! That’s the only way to describe it. On a beautiful summer’s evening on a leafy part of the Cam I had my very first solo adventure in a kayak. It was fabulous! Here’s the evidence:

But let’s start at the beginning of this glorious evening…

My friend Jayni who has recently joined Scope as their Digital […]

A Varied Week

By |July 25th, 2016|

“What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a swimming pool?” “Bob!” I answered my own question. The young boy was non-plussed as his dad chuckled. “We are working on ‘knock knock’ jokes just now.” Verbal jokes were beyond a five/six
year old.


This repartee in the changing room was my reward […]

John’s Road2Rio: Sailing

By |July 18th, 2016|

I have completed the sailing leg of my challenge – JohnsRoad2Rio, in which I participate in all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports. I joined in a race at Broxbourne Sailing Club, just north of the M25 at the bottom of the A10.

They have been so welcome at the club, typified by the help that Jackie […]

Hammer Throwing

By |July 1st, 2016|

Athletics was always going to be a real challenge within the JohnsRoad2Rio campaign. I am not a runner!  Jumping is very hard and I didn’t fancy it becoming the Short Jump or the Low Jump.  So hurdles, steeplechase, the pole vault were all out.  That left the throws.


When I met the ebullient Malcolm Wallace at […]