The weekend I injured my shoulder I had just been told by the Head Coach at ArcheryGB that I was down as being a medal hopeful at the Rio Paralympics. I couldn't believe it and I couldn't wait to go to Rio. Little did I know that by the end of that weekend I would have shot my bow for the last time for a long time. Being so close to what I was working for, and dreaming of, hit me harder mentally than I ever thought it would. After working so hard for so long prior to the games I needed some time to recover and I don't just mean physically.
Psychologically I was ready to start shooting again this time last year really but I didn't have my hip replacement until March 2019 which took several months to recover from. Then add a couple of short stays in the hospital the end of last year and we find ourselves in 2020! As cliche as it sounds; where does time go?
Today I have my first session at college. I used to train here regularly in the lead up to the last Paralympics. That was a big part in me deciding to come to SGS College back then. They had the courses I wanted to do but also all the facilities I could need to train. I started back at SGS in September last year doing a foundation degree in media production. This was a decision not just for my future in the media industry but also to utilise the facilities again. I can shoot full competition distance in the indoor astroturf, their is a gym with all the equipment you could wish for and then there is the access to things like physios, nutritionists etc.
At SGS I can study, train and work under one roof so to say as I have just taken a job with the college as a support worker in the Media classes for those aged 16-18 (mostly).
I know I have only just started shooting again after a significant amount of time off but it seems to have done me the world of good. I'm mentally ready and stronger than ever and in the best physical shape that I can be in considering my body and condition.
And that's exactly what I am doing; giving it one more try!