Monthly Archives: September 2012

SwimFest 3.8k – Lakeside 16 September 2012

Words cannot express how pleased I am with myself. I did it Woop! Woop! I finished the summer with my very first Open Water event

 SwimFest at Lakeside Diving & Watersports centre run by SwimForTri

I entered the 3.8k (5 laps of the lake) that’s equal to an Iron Man distance (swimming part anyway) I must be mad.

 The water was surprisingly refreshing; you have got to be joking! It was freezing, dark and mucky full of my favourite creatures FISH, arms and legs coming at me from all directions (other competitors, silly, not just random limbs floating about), swans flying above my head, so exhilarating, not at all like an indoor swimming pool the worst thing you could possibly find there is a used plaster lurking at the bottom of the pool, what a paradox.

 My overall time was not that disappointing considering all of the above. I came 3rd in my age group not bad really, in fact quite impressive if I do say myself, first and second place went to able bodied GB open water swimmers.

I am now looking forward to next seasons open water might even be up for 10k……… so watch this space!

Westborough Year 6 Assembly 10 Sep 2012

Over the last few years Jo-Jo has visited The Westborough School many times, she has formed a very strong bond with the children. The children at Westborough look up to her and admire her sporting success.
The Head Teacher thought that Jo-Jo would be the ideal person/athlete to give a talk to the year 6 children on resilience, to help encourage them not to give up, especially when things don’t go the way they want them to.
They invited Jo-Jo for that very reason, she is a true inspiration, she didn’t make it to London 2012 but she certainly has not given up her dream of being on the Paralympic Podium. So watch out RIO 2016 Jo-Jo’s on her way!