It’s been a while…

Welcome to my latest blog

It’s been ages since I wrote my last blog and there’s plenty to update you on.

When I started the Quack and Field website, I was determined to write a weekly blog but over the last few months, Quack has kept me really busy.  Working on the new book has taken longer than planned but in such a good way (I’ll explain more later!).

However, after a telling off from my Dad on the phone last night for not writing a blog for a while, I am determined to get back into the habit.  I love how, even at 39, a telling off from my Dad still has an effect!!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll update you on the various things that have been happening but it’s fair to say it’s been a brilliant few months in the world of Quack and Field.

My next book, Wheelchair rugby, is written and the finishing touches are being applied.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) team on this book which has been a real privilege.  There are loads of rules to the game so it’s been amazing to work with and learn from GBWR – I hope you’ll agree that the finished book is so much fun and I reckon the kids are going to love it!  My daughter and I went to watch the national finals a couple of months ago in Leicester.  We had a great day and still talk about how exciting the sport is.

I’d also like to say a massive congratulations to the GB Wheelchair Rugby team who won the European Championships last week after a very close final against Sweden.  This also means they’ve automatically qualified for the World Championships in Sydney, Australia, next year.  It’s a brilliant achievement given some of the challenges they’ve faced.  I’ll be writing more about this in the coming weeks.

As you might have seen recently, Bryony Page, one of our Team GB Olympic medallists from Rio, tweeted about the books which was absolutely brilliant.  It’s fantastic how much interest a tweet from one of our Olympic/Paralympic heroes can generate!  Bryony has also personally signed copies of some of the Trampolining book which we’ll be using for competitions and prizes over the coming weeks and months.

I’ve given my first book reading at a local Primary School (thank you St Luke’s in Salford).  It’s fair to say I was petrified beforehand.  I deliver quite a lot of presentations in my day job and it doesn’t faze me too much however this was completely different…this was a group of kids…well, four groups of kids to be exact.  But the kids were amazing and so lovely … and I loved it.  I think they enjoyed it almost as much as I did!  It was such a rewarding experience and it gave me yet another chance to release my inner child.  I’ll definitely be doing more book readings.

I’ve also had fantastic meetings with Salford Sport and Leisure and am in on-going discussions with a couple of local companies about a potential partnership, working with schools…but more about that in a future blog!

So over the next few weeks, I’ll explain a bit more about what’s going on and delve into some of these developments in more detail.  As always, I’d love to hear any feedback or comments you’ve got about the books, my website or ideas for future books and any support you can provide on social media will always be massively appreciated.

Thanks for reading

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