In my last post I made reference to something exciting happening, this year. It’s time to reveal all *drum roll and a pause worthy of a Britian Got Talent Final*
(If you wish, you may want to miss the next few paragraphs and head to the end, to find out, without reading the rest of the post).
Back in December, way before Christmas and the last minute shopping, I received an e mail, essentially asking me if I would like to be a “case study for Swimathon, to encourage women to swim”. Happy to be involved, I replied Yes! At this point, I thought it would maybe involve a few words and maybe a photo, on the back of a leaflet, somewhere.
A few days and a phone call later, I realised that it might be it a little more than that. I still didn’t give much thought to, it sounded fun and an opportunity to “sell swimming to other people”. To tell people, just how amazing swimming is….
New Year came an went, bells chimed, fireworks went off and the recycling bin was filled. Then came another e mail and with it, the realisation of just what I’d “signed up for”.
I am going to be a “Swimathon Ambassador”…yes that’s right, a “Swimathon Ambassador”.
I am completely shocked, I’m astounded to have been asked. I really can’t understand why excactly they would ask me. It’s ridiculous, three years ago I decided to learn to swim, something many adults decide to do. Now I’m an ambassador! These sort of things, don’t happen to people like me.
I am uttterly stunned, I keep thinking I will wake up soon. So many people tell me they find my story “inspiring”, that’s lovely to hear, but I can’t get my head round why. When asked for names of inspiring swimmers, a middle aged woman, who totters around with a walking stick, carring a nebuliser in her backpack doesn’t excactly spring to mind! You think of the likes of Adam Peaty, Becky Arlington, Jazz Carlin, Hannah Miley and so forth.
Initially, I had some doubts about being involved, I questioned if and how, my story could inspire others, I still do. This, however is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m going to grasp it with both hands, determined to enjoy every minute of it and get as much out of it I can.