I have a degree in Sports Science from Birmingham University and currently work as a Senior Brand Manager for a pharmaceutical company.
In 2005, I remember hearing the news that London had won the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. As a sports mad individual, this was obviously very exciting news. Unfortunately at this point I had already resigned myself to the reality that I probably wouldn’t be competing despite having played tennis and football to a reasonable level.
6 years later, the opportunity had arrived to purchase tickets. I went for a large number of tickets across athletics, swimming, tennis and cycling and was pretty confident of getting a few tickets. Like a lot of people I was left extremely disappointed when I was notified that I had been unsuccessful. I didn’t give up and a few months later I was up at 5 in the morning for the 2nd chance. This time I was successful and ended up with Athletics tickets. I couldn’t wait. In fact, I ended up going to the Athletics stadium on 2 occasions (including the last day when Mo Farah won the 5,000m), football, dressage and canoe sprint.
I loved every minute of the Olympic Games and when it was all over I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. This is when I came up with the idea of trying to participate in every Olympic sport by Rio 2016. I thought, not only is this an exciting challenge, but in 4 years I will be able to watch every sport and fully appreciate the skills and athleticism involved.
I started my challenge on August 27th, giving myself 1438 days to complete the challenge.
This was my first blog.