I haven’t done a ‘Photo an Hour’ post before! Mostly because some of my days consist of me sitting binge-watching horror on Netflix, knitting or watching Rusty run around the living room. But on the 16th of July we had something a little more exciting to do – Mike was representing England in the Wheelchair Rugby Sevens, in a match against France!
Photographs taken on a Galaxy S6 Smartphone.
8AM setting off, the weather wasn’t so pretty in the morning.
9AM checking we had the correct change for the tolls!
10AM heading through the tolls to avoid traffic this early on a Saturday morning.
11AM finally London is appearing on the road signs!
12PM we stopped at a services, and while I took advantage of the free WIFI Mike ordered me one of his favourite salads. Naturally, I was catching Pokémon at this point.
1PM Dartford Crossing. We didn’t realise the tolls had been removed from the crossing until we passed through!
2PM we made it! I settled down into the stands as Mike went to go get the days plan from his team mates.
3PM watching some of the other games taking place – with my Poundland-found Disney tote. There are no better princesses than Aurora right?
4PM essential chair repairs taking place – the back posts of Mike’s sports chair had made holes in the fabric so I darned the holes for him.
5PM with fifteen minutes until kick off, this is the time to sand off the grime his chair has collected from the sports halls. Its not a pretty job but very much a needed one to help his tyres grip the polished flooring.
7PM and the final score! The French team were a new, freshly introduced team this year so I can’t wait to see what they can do next year. The England team have a lot of experience invested in players like Mike – and some new talent coming through too.
8PM and the medals were presented – I’m a very proud WAG. Mike has played wheelchair rugby league for a lot of years, our home is filled with trophies and medals but this is the first for the sevens tournament.
9PM the journey home, punctuated by a quick stop for sweet coffee and a bite to eat (a steak and cheese roll, a favourite of Mike and he earned it!) and we started the drive back to Warrington.
I decided that was enough photographs – simply because we were both incredibly tired and it was a dark, dreary drive home in the rain. Looking over the photographs, I’m aware it might seem a little bit of an odd day to document – but I thought it time we shared our links to disability sports on the blog a little. It does crop up in our daily lives quite often, and I’ve never included the matches, tournaments and training on the blog really. I don’t play – my parents coach and manage their own wheelchair rugby league team, Mike has represented England and Wales in the sport while I happily indulge in spectating (and repairs).
Thank you for spending the day with us! Please, feel free to leave comments below with any questions – I’m happy to answer them!