After an amazing couple of days at the celebrations for TeamGB in both London and Manchester, I’ve got loads of new goodies for auction having met a huge amount of legends from both the Olympics and Paralympics.
The journey started with an early morning train ride to Manchester for the recording of the Victoria Derbyshire show, where I somehow managed to sit in the second row alongside the winning GB Hockey Team which was pretty cool!
I was working on several ace signed items including some new tshirts, and also on the list of those to sign them were Paralympic swimming legend Ellie Simmonds and the awesome married couple gold winning hockey stars Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh.
The celebrations themselves in Manchester were pretty awesome, though the rain hammering down from the outset of the parade and through the presentations made it a bit tough to enjoy as much – especially when you’re trying to protect all your signed stuff.
Post celebrations things dried up and I managed to add even more awesome signatures to items. One of the more awesome people I met was one of my previous supporters, none other than the Prime Minister Theresa May. She didn’t sign any items, because it was lucky she even came over to us, but I was chuffed to get this selfie with the biggest name in UK politics just now. There will be a signed Xmas Card up for auction from her shortly🙂 One of the highlights of the night was late on as I waited for my bus and meeting the winner of the first Paralympic Gold Medallist in Rio, Megan Giglia. She was the last person I saw in Manchester and spent some time chatting about Rio, Charity work and more. A genuinely lovely person. Plus she let me wear her Gold Medal which is pretty darned cool.
Down to London the following day, with a rather brutal over night bus journey it was time for the London celebrations and even more awesome athletes. The day saw some magnificent partying in Trafalgar Square and later in the night at Buckingham Palace. New names added were Silver Medal winning boxer Joe Joyce, new swimming sensation Ellie Robinson, the Mens Sevens Rugby team, first Olympic Gold winner of the year and World Record holding swimming Adam Peaty, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and loads more. Wow.
Having sat with the Hockey girls first thing on the Monday, only one player had been missing… the star of the final, goalie Maddie Hinch who saved all the penalties she faced in the final to secure victory over the Dutch! I caught up with her outside the Palace late on the Tuesday night and she signed an Xmas Card among other items.
MASSIVE THANKS to all the Olympians and Paralympians who spent some time signing for me over the two days, especially those who saw me several times over the course of the two days. You’re all awesome people and truly inspirational. Can’t wait to see you all again!