Students first bow

I had one of those special days that many coaches will understand. I went with one of my newly signed off students to Merlin Archery (  in Loughborough so they could buy their first proper bow.

I’ve been coaching Nick for a couple of months and he’s been using one of my beginner bows during this time. He’s now got to a stage where he has been signed off and wants to get his own bow. So I arranged to go up to Loughborough and meet him when he went to get his bow to offer some advice and moral support.
He’s ended up with a SF riser and limbs which no doubt will be put to test tomorrow down at the wood. Its a great feeling to see a student develop and progress to getting their first real bow.
I would like to say a big thanks to Merlin staff (Dan and co) for all the time spent today with Nick. It was also great to finally meet up with Jim Grizzly Kent who runs Merlin Archery Adventures youtube channel and web blog (
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Olympic torch leaves Leicester

Olympic Torch bearer in Leicester

Olympic Torch bearer in Leicester

I’m not an Olympian and not likely to be, I haven’t bought tickets to see any of the events but don’t take it wrong and think I’m not supportive of the games or the competitors.

These individuals will have spent years developing their fitness levels and skills to compete at a truly global level, so they deserve our respect and support. Whether they be able bodied or competing in the Paralympics they are still Olympians. They may not all come home with the gold, silver or bronze medals, but they will always be special.

So what bought these comments?

Well this morning Sharon and I got up just after 5:30 am, so we could get down the National Space Centre in Leicester to see the Olympic flame as it makes its way across the country to finally rest in London in a few weeks. It had arrived in Leicester last night and was due to leave a little after 7 am. Despite it being a damp, grey morning and not the glorious sunshine the torch bearers  deserve, hundreds of people of all ages, race and backgrounds,  lined the pavements  and streets to cheer on the torch bearers as they made their way through Leicester and out towards Loughborough.

Kevin Davies-torch bearer

Kevin Davies – first torch bearer in Leicester

Congratulations to all that have had the honour of carrying the torch and good luck to all the Olympians for 2012  games and future ones. Lets hope it inspires people

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