A fantastic Iceland trip again this year and the Northern Lights were kind enough to come out to play on the first night! Lava tubing fun; sledging on top of a glacier which itself was on top of the very active Katla volcano where technique was all important in the need for speed! Giant ice-bergs floating out to sea in gigantic Atlantic waves with seals playing amongst the 'bergs; walking behind waterfalls; ice-walking on glacial snouts; the biggest waterfall in Europe; 'ice candles' hanging from the black cliff gorge that inspired Tolkien; meeting the man that seems to know every Hollywood action movie star there is and has even skied the opening sequence to a James Bond film;
Having been selected to represent the school as Sports Ambassador I was very pleased and honoured to attend the Sainsbury's UK School Games on Wednesday 9 May, the first main event to be held at the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
A group of students chosen from every primary and secondary school in Thanet travelled by coach and when the stadium loomed on the horizon my first thoughts were 'wow! what a wonderful sight'.
On Friday 20 April the Dane Court Sport Scientists teamed up with Dan Stretch and Martin Southam from Canterbury Christ Church University to spend a day looking at how their bodies perform and learn. The day kicked off with a variety of laboratory-based physiological tests looking at lung function and performance, although many tried, only Wian Opperman could get close to Mr White. However later in the day the experienced Lewis Ray managed to prove that youth is an advantage when it comes to reactions, ensuring that Mr Wallace, Mr White and Miss Riley finished well down the leader board on the reaction-timing T-Wall. Luke Dawson took on the challenge of completing a VO2 max test along with Wian Opperman, they both scored highly and hopefully with this added information should improve their personal performances on the track and on the rugby pitch.
The Iceland trip this year was another awesome experience and we managed to pack in even more adventurous activities than ever before – from glacier walking with ice axes and crampons, sledging, skidooing, river fording, bridge building, iceberg and seal spotting, moss kissing, waterfall scrambling, geyser watching, magical gorge walking, lava tubing/caving, glacier spotting, geothermal pool wallowing and many many 'Ash' time keeping and 'Ash' miles moments even our guide said that this group had managed to do far more than the average school group.