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So far John Willis has created 12 blog entries.

Equestrian

By |August 10th, 2016|

Of all of the sports in my JohnsRoad2Rio challenge, horse riding was the most daunting. Despite – or was it because of – my family’s very horsey background, I had not ridden since I was very young, and the thought of being up so high with the real risk of falling, filled me with dread.

Fortunately, […]

A Full on Week of Games and Training

By |June 29th, 2016|

I thought I was busy! But this week has seen a step up in activity. I have managed to fit in Hammer throwing, Rowing, Swimming, Tennis and Cycling, as well as helping out at our first PowerHouse Games for a Girl Guides group, giving talks to Comberton Village College allied to their PowerHouse Games […]

John’s Road2Rio: Handball

By |May 16th, 2016|

Handball without hands!  Now that’s a challenge. I was invited by England Handball to attend their Cup Final day at the Copper Box on the Olympic Park to demonstrate how inclusive this popular sport is and encourage more youngsters to give it a go.In order not to make a fool of myself I went to […]

JohnsRoad2Rio – Hockey

By |May 15th, 2016|

The sports are coming fast now.  Cambridge City Hockey Club (@CCHCUK) invited CADMuS and Power2inspire to join in their first ever inclusive hockey festival on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend.  I had played back in August with them, which had led to a trip to the Copper Box on the Olympic site to […]

JohnsRoad2Rio – The Dive

By |May 1st, 2016|

I knew it was a big day when I woke at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30 am. I gave up at 6:00 am and got up. I was nervous. Though I have appeared in front of large crowds and in the spotlight there is a different fear with diving. Throwing yourself off a board 3 […]

My First Bounce

By |April 17th, 2016|

On Saturday 16 April I joined in with the rest of the CADMuS crew with a trampolining session.  The Cambridge University Trampolining Club (CUTC) came to the University Sports Cente to promote their sport and demonstrate it is open to all.  

Cambridge Adult Disability Multi-Sports Club meets most Saturdays from 10 am until 12.  We […]

Changing cars

By |April 4th, 2016|

I have been fortunate enough over the last 5 years to drive a Toyota Prius under the Motability scheme. As a recipient of the higher mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, I am entitled to lease an adapted car.  I chose the Prius, following advice from Honest John of the Daily Telegraph and my daughters’ […]

JohnsRoad2Rio – Fencing

By |March 30th, 2016|

These are my thoughts on the next challenge – fencing – before I start training!

I have to admit that I thought this would be one of the more technically difficult challenges. That was before I met Sarah Paveley and Iain McDermint from Cambridge Sword (and this is written before wielding a foil in play!).

Fencing is […]

Para Badminton World Championships

By |September 19th, 2015|

On Friday 11 September we – Steve Morley accompanied me – visited the PBWC at Stoke Mandeville stadium, at the kind invitation of England Badminton chairman Derek Batchelor. Steve, a level 3 coach, was known to Derek and had told him of our Road2Rio challenge. Derek responded magnificently, not only inviting us but introducing us […]

Flyerz hockey festival at the Copper Box

By |August 27th, 2015|

The first ever Flyerz festival at the same time as the Euro Hockey Championships was held on Wednesday 26th August 2015 at the Copper Box on the Olympic Park, Stratford East London. That meant for an early start: 6:00 am rise and a 7:00 am departure as we – my daughter, Sara, accompanied me […]