VIP Access Sport – Inside 2012, The Pledge & Question!

What a wonderful evening!  I was lucky enough to be invited as a VIP Guest to the Access Sport Awards Dinner & Olympic Celebration, Inside 2012.  An Olympic Athletic Evening, filled with energy, passion and purpose, as well as celebration.

I was kindly invited by Access Sport for my fundraising & support over the last few years, which has involved co hosting & organising a Charity Ball with Gethin Jones, running the London Marathon, Cycling the Caledonian Etape and this year, completing the Ironman UK!

I am really proud to support and promote Access Sport, who literally are Transforming the Lives of People through Sport.  Sport, as we have seen through the Olympics is such a powerful tool to motivate and inspire people, to give them purpose, direction and confidence.   Access Sport’s value’s lie closely with Energised, which is to Empower people to Unlock their Potential & Confidence.

So how was this wonderful charity evening, hosted by Natalie Pinkman & Chris Hollins (plus Sir Clive Woodward, Greg  Searle & Jeffrey Archer) …. I know you all want to know!  I took along a few guests, Mike Hanney ex Paralympic Fencer, Personal Trainer & all round inspiration  who I met when he came to my Mental Strength Workhop, (http://www.pushittraining.com/pushittraining.com/Welcome.html), Anya Tarasuik (who I have worked with since 2004, so proud of her!)  and Katie Skelton part of the Synchronised Swimming Team and Ashley Morton Storm, from Sweaty Betty who manages the National Ambassador’s, plus my boyfriend Ross!   The evening was a mix of Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic athletes, corporate supporters, media, demonstrations from the wonderful Access Sports Gymnastics & BMX clubs (brilliant!) and friends, creating a wonderful evening of celebration.

Sir Clive Woodward gave an excellent pre dinner speech, I would call it a thought provoking moment.  He reminded us about the importance of being clear on your goals, being proud of who you are, and what you stand for. The importance of team work, support, pride, unity, vision and purpose.  This closely linked to Keynote I went to at Fitpro with Humphrey Walters, who highlighted the same things and the importance of being proud of being part of something, whatever that may be.

When you think about the legacy of the Olympics, Access Sport is providing a key service to many people who are not fortunate enough to be able to have  Access to Sport.  This is life changing for these kids. I feel very fortunate to have always had Access and encouragement to run around and be ‘free’!  Sport gives you confidence and an identity. Access Sport have a pledge, donate £181 (the government top it up to £225), and this will allow one child to be involved in regular sport for one year….. I think that is a pretty good pledge. To support why not donate here: http://www.justgiving.com/accesssport/Donate/

Following on from the Legacy, Sir Clive touched on a question I have heard in many places this year, “How do you want to be remembered?”  I Love this Question.  And coming up to Bank Holiday, think about it, write some ideas down and put some structure around it to make it happen. If you could achieve anything in life, and make anything happen, what would it be and how would you like it to be remembered….. think about all the areas in your life: Work, Health, Friends, Family, Fun, Charity, Travel, Wealth. Make it a list of actions to remember and inspire you, and in doing so you will inspire others.

If you fancy a challenge, then join Rebecca Romero and many other’s for the Ride London Event on Sunday 30th September, including a 60 or 115 mile route, incorporating some of the Olympic Cycle Routes… Dare you to Sign up!  There is enough time for anyone to sign up to the 60miler, and I will advice you what to do training wise. Click here: http://www.accesssport.org.uk/ride-around-london

The evening raised well in excess of £50,000 for charity, which is amazing, and of course, lots of fun was had too.  Let’s see if between now and next year’s Access Sport’s Awards we can all Pledge 181 to Access Sport, and create our own Pledge to enhance our own lives, achieve our goals and in turn inspire others too.  Build a team around you, a team of passion, unity and purpose.

As I sat on the Tube home, I opened the financial section and read one article. The title was 2037, the Great British Legacy that was created by the London 2012 Games.  Imagine 25 years from now, how old will you be?  And what do you want to have achieved by then? Write it down and make it happen.  In 2037, the article said the legacy would be Great if each individual took action, today.

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! Kim 🙂 

To find out more about Access Sport Click here: http://www.accesssport.org.uk/

To find out more about Sir Clive Woodward Click here: http://clivewoodward.com/ or follow him on @clivewoodward

To find out more about Humphrey Walkers Click Here: http://www.humphreywalters.com/