Puncture

Puncture

A poem by Brian F Kirkham

14/06/2017

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Perhaps it was fate intervening

Under the lights of the one – on – one run off

New champion releases a breath – as old one curses release from a tyre

Cut by something sharp on the road

Taking the title away from him

Until then, the pressure to succeed was all on him

Reflections of what could have been – expected

Even now. he’s giving a cursing glare down the tarmac road

 

Thoughts of the long distance runner

Salford, 12th May 2017

Down the long stretches of Tarmac he goes

In darkness, fuelled by apples and bananas

Some call him crazy, but others they smile

Taking to the deserted road, to break down his time

All for the prize, of reaching that line

Nice shiny medal and Achievement awaits

Could records be broken this year ? A possibility

Expect a great smile as the target is reached

Shocking pink

#coloryourworld #cyw #shockingpink

luminosity released this

colour on the world

to highlight a word or two

is brilliant

carnations and roses in this colour

beautiful

but was it fair to plaster it

across soccer and rugby shirts ūüĎö

up and down the land

I prefer to see pink in my strawberry ice cream ūüć¶

but now it’s everywhere…shocking!

Shamrock

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#coloryourworld #cyw #shamrock

Salford 23rd February 2017

 

Lucky ūüćÄ Irish green

You spread good fortune ūüĒģ

To all who find you

Is it fortune or chance

That besets your finder

Only time will tell

As they scour the fields

On search for your four leaves

In time for the football match

Memories of London 2012 – Paralympics

Salford August 2012
There have been a number of camps throughout the city, hosting athletes from many nations and in many sports in relation to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Brazil were no different, and used venues up and down the city¬†from the Regional Athletic Arena at Sportcity¬†¬†to the¬†Manchester Aquatics centre on Oxford Road.¬†Athletes also¬†trained at¬†the Amechi Centre for wheelchair basketball¬†as well as¬†Manchester Metropolitan University’s Sugden Sports Centre – who hosted athletes
for wheelchair fencing, Boccia, and Sitting Volleyball.

A couple of the vollies (including me) had fond memories of the training camp venues, as they’d been used at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and also at prestige sporting events throughout the ten years leading up to the Olympics in London in 2012.

Now it’s not that the sport of Sitting Volleyball was new to me – I’d been part of the team that helped out when they hosted a Challenge match as part of the BT Paralympic world cup.¬† Upon hearing this news – the Volunteer Manager made me Team Leader for the Sitting Volleyball Squad!

In my role as Volunteer Team Leader, I assisted with¬†court setup and aided¬†the vollies¬†on the Volleyball courts in the fine arts of the rules of the game and where we fitted in – in relation to the game and training – simply put “passing the ball back!” when instructed.

And the game¬†was¬†fast paced – the ball was constantly moving – if it wasn’t in the hands of the retrievers!¬† As part of my role – I was also became custodian for the volleyballs and the scoring system – putting them back in storage every day.

The Brazil team were warm and friendly visitors to the centre and were brilliant to help out.  At set times, the Brazil teams played Paralympics GB in a series of Warm up games Рwhich we also helped as ball crew.

As reward for our efforts, each volunteer got a “Teamwork” Baton from LOCOG – London’s Organising Committee for the Paralympics.

All the volunteers were welcomed and thanked by the Manchester Management of London 2012, and I raised a smile when the Brazil Team headed up the Opening Ceremony at Rio 2016….

I worked with some of those guys….:)

Photos of my time at the training camp are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkdropk/sets/72157631198677864/

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them

Cogs in the Machine

Written by Brian F Kirkham in response to the Daily post
Volunteer

Manchester 2012 – The Olympic Year

They turned up in their hundreds

to serve those landing in the city

to train, prepare and take part

in the pursuit of Gold, Silver and Bronze

 

Each with their individual role

A happy audience – the ultimate goal

Making sure the fans made their way to the game

Safe with a smile – that was the aim

 

Colourful characters – lining the street

a parade of marshals – who could not be beat

as fans from the world – arrived at a ground

and wanted to know how to get around

 

Cogs in the machine – with pointers and maps

Happy as one – helpful ladies and chaps

Treating the fans as welcomed guests

A team of vollies – that were the best

 

other vollie views :

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/what-do-you-do-all-day/

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/waves/

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/memories-of-london-2012-paralympics/