If nothing else competing at an International level helps you interact with different cultures, languages and it gives you a chance to make new friends with similar interests. In my recent trip to Lignano Italy I met some really lovely people not just from Italy. Fredricka the volunteer who spent the day guiding me around the local area and came training with me, while I practiced my new found knowledge in Pole vault she waited around stretching and practicing her very good English, witch was great to listen to in an Italian accent.We spent the night eating in a large restaurant that had seats for 800 people what a nice experience to meet a young girl heading to University and open doors for her to travel to Ireland some day and return the favour.
As I speak a little of 7 languages it is easy to start a conversation with other athletes, that always appreciate it when you talk there language even just to congratulate them in there sucess and share photos through facebook or by e-mail.
The more you give the more you get. When I visit another country I always bring some gifts that may be small but is always appreciated as a thoughtful gift can brighten up anybodys day especially when it is a surprise gift that is not expected and just for being friendly. I know I received a warm and genuine smile from Fiona Argent and Theresa Eades from the English team when I presented a small gift of lipstick and glitter pots to them. Their friendship and there support throughout the championships was wonderful, and I even found time to watch them polevalt and run their relays between our very busy schedule, their is always time to support each other as you are repaid ten fold. By the way congratulations to Theresa on her personal best performances, I hope to train with you in Dublin real soon and share our secrets to success.
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Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I will try and keep you up to date on all my future Events, plus results from students competitions and training progress.