Hello 2018!

Happy New Year!

First blog of the year, it’s going to be a bit of a wrap up of 2017 and some thoughts looking towards 2018. I’ll try and keep it brief but there’s a lot I did during 2017!

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I love seeing people bitten by the climbing bug.

It was time to hit the walls.
We had a great group turn up.
I haven’t done a lot of climbing since the Paraclimbing competition at the end of August so it was well and truly time to hit a wall. With the Enabling Good Lives work I’m involved in it could be easy to lose sight of what really drives me; climbing. On Saturday I was invited by Waikato Climbing Club and Parafed Waikato to help out with an adaptive climbing session hosted at Extreme Edge & Climbzone Hamilton. Thank you to David from Parafed Waikato, Sylvia from Extreme Edge Hamilton, Doug and and the club members from the Waikato Climbing Club that came along to haul ropes.

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General update.

I haven’t posted a lot since the climbing competition. Once we got home and got ADNZ Ben sorted out, I crashed and have been having a few health issues.

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Paraclimbing Trip: Part II

Competition Day 1!
Qualification Rounds
 
I woke on Saturday 19th of August somewhat nervous. I knew I would be a little nervous, after telling myself for the days leading up to the competition “it’s ok, you’re just going to go have fun, climb, enjoy it and promote paraclimbing” but my mind had other ideas. I’ve always been “sporty” and competitive and that part of my brain kicked in and the mental game was on.

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Time to catch my breath! Paraclimbing Trip Part I

It’s been a full on few weeks!
 
Climbing NZ, Paraclimbing trip (I)
Well it’s certainly been a busy few weeks, and things didn’t go quite to plan; but it has certainly been a bit of an adventure! I’m having to take it a little easy so thanks for being patient on waiting on my blog and pictures, I am getting there, its just taking longer than I would like!

I have broken my Climbing NZ Paraclimbing Competition weekend into a series of blogs. This is Part I: Getting to Auckland.

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We made a little history!

Wow what a weekend!

On the 19th and 20th of August the Climbing NZ National Lead Championships was held at Extreme Edge, Glen Eden. This year was the first time that Para/Adaptive climbers participated in an offical Climbing NZ event.

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Quick Update

Yep, as usual I’m busy!

On Saturday I spent the day raising money for Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust outside Pak ‘N’ Save, Palmerston North. I had a great but tiring day talking to people about the role ADNZ Ben plays in my life and how some of the other amazing dogs are changing lives for New Zealand families. Once again I am humbled by the generosity of Palmy Nth.

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Yep, I’ve been hectic!

The start of new developments!

 

Climbed so hard, my hands were shaking!
With the Paraclimbing event looming, I’ve managed to get into VertX a couple of times to try and get some (even if only a little) wall time in while also trying to do my maintenance exercises, keeping ADNZ Ben exercised, general living and getting involved in the Enabling Good Lives System Transformation.

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