Jo-Jo modelling her alternative limb which was created by Sophie de Oliveira Barata for the New York Times Magazine which will be published on 3rd November 2013 in New York. A sneak preview is available online now
Southend-on-Seas Sports Awards 2013. The ceremony took place at Garons Leisure and Tennis Centre, in Southend, Essex on Tuesday 15th October 2013
Rob Aubry National Lead Development Coach British Disability Swimming .
British Para-Triathlon Championships – Liverpool Docks – 13 July 2013
It’s been a while since I last competed. My tummy was doing somersaults I had NEVER done a complete triathlon before. I have never swam/cycled/run straight after each other. This was going to be hard. I have done my swimming training most mornings with my home swimming club Coach Doug Drake at Rochford and District, and with Keeley Bullock at Swim for Tri. I have always tried to do a little running as part of my swimming training but only half hearted, I have always made excuses not to do it, but in the last couple of weeks I have been Coached by England Runner Adam Hickey and as for my cycling it has been a little tricky I have had lots of help from my Pa Andrew and my friend Mick Tolhurst.
None of the above would have been possible without the help of HUUB for providing me with all the appropriate clothing, wetsuit, tri-suit, kit etc and from Nick Hillsdon at Queen Marys, Roehampton for making me an arm socket to attach to my bike and Cycles UK for attaching my arm socket & adapting my brakes & gears. I also had help from Halfords for the Garmin 810 Edge cycle computer and Gopro for the action camera to record all my highs and lows.
I awoke in the morning “Oh dear” I told you a little white lie there I was up all night tossing and turning, my tummy was all over the place it felt just as I used to feel when I first competed in swimming (maybe even worse!). Question, was it the thought of fish and creepy weedy things in the dark deep water or was I unwell or just plain nervous. I went with the latter. I had already prepared my Huub Tri bag the night before but I still had to go through it yet again
Huub Axena Wetsuit checked
Huub Tri-suit checked
Huub Timing belt checked
Huub Timing chip strap checked
Goggles & Hat checked
Oh my Trek bike checked
Would have loved to have put a drink on my bike for the long ride but what’s the point? I have no way of letting go of the handle bars and picking up a bottle to take a slurp with only having the one hand. The weather was perfect or was it? I think it must have been the hottest day of the year? Phew was it hot! It was a right scorcher. After double checking my bag I headed to the event with my transition partner (my Pa Andrew) and good old Mum to stand and cheer me on. Off we trotted. My tummy was churning I was so nervous but strangely excited kind of feeling what was I going to do? The crowds were heaving, would I be able to complete the course? Or was I going to make a total fool of myself? Pa and I went to the transition area and laid out my kit. Bike hooked up, bag emptied. We walked down to the docks where I slipped on my beautiful Huub Axena wetsuit, and I mean slipped it on, it fits perfectly, so soft – I love it. I posed for a few photos for some admiring fans (or should I say some lovely Liverpudlians getting carried away with the spirit of the day teehee), and proceeded down to the start line. I stood on the pontoon and looked over the dock it was beautiful the sun was out glistening upon the water, my tummy had settled a little and then I looked down. What a mistake that was I could not believe what I was seeing there was not a foot of clear water it was heaving with thousands upon thousands of jellyfish, yep! Jellyfish I think I prefer fish the marshal informed all the athletes that they would not sting and that everything would be okay. Yeah right? He was not in my position! My tummy was now doing over time, what should I do? Should I compete? Should I go home? Or just break done into floods of tears? Decisions! Decisions! Oh what the heck. Other athletes had raced earlier in the morning and no one was attacked by any monster jellyfish. I held my breath and plunged into the 20.7 degree water. Before I knew it the siren sounded and I was off, I did not have time to see the jellyfish so much splashing and crashing the 750m swim section was over I ran to the transition area to find my Pa casually taking photos of me, I shouted out put that b***** camera down you are meant to be here to help me out of my wetsuit and put on my helmet and bike shoes! I need a drink, crikey no time to stop for a drink! I tried to have a bite of a snickers bar but that made me feel quite sick with just biting into it and my thirst more intense, (I had not eaten since the night before) oh well off I went out of the transition zone I ran as fast as I could in my cleats trying to steer my bike to the start of the 20km cycle section. I mounted my bike and I was off. The roads had been closed off and I got to see the Royal Liver building and lots of other sights, distracting me from the lactic acid build up I had already produced! The cycle section was now over I dismounted my bike and ran to the transition station, hung up my bike and changed my shoes, and once again I was off! Legs like jelly I might add at this point! Only a 5km run to the finish. Still no drink at the first opportunity pit stop/station I grabbed a drink and poured it all over my head it was not until I tried to sip the drink that I found out that I had poured a very stick energy drink all over my head. Lovely! I was now very hot! Very sweaty! And very, very sticky! What a kerfuffle. I did not get a drink until I crossed the finish line. I was like an elephant in the desert, I could not get enough. Water was poured over my head in my mouth. Water is great! So refreshing! I finished! I completed my first ever triathlon. I felt amazing what an achievement I was so chuffed with myself, all I had to do was wait for the results. Had I been disqualified for anything? Did I do well?
Results were in… dun dun DUUN!
I cannot wait for my next triathlon. I reckon I could knock of quite a bit of time in my transitions and throughout the whole course with a bit more practice, and if I could get some kind of rigging set up or a way to get a drink/hydration on the move. Talking about moving I forgot to mention I rode my bike without the brakes working properly. Pa forgot to clip them on, when putting the wheel back on after transit to Liverpool I guess that would explain why I had a bit of a problem with the turns never mind. I could also knock off time if and when I get a carbon bike with electronic gears like the athletes that came 1st and 2nd
Extra info from other sources:-
Liverpool Echo Headlines - HUGE swarms of jellyfish were seen in the Albert Dock as Liverpool basked in glorious sunshine. Day-trippers reported seeing hundreds of the pink-tinged creatures in the water close to the Echo arena yesterday. The docks are well-known for moon jellyfish, the UK’s most common species, which float with the movement of the water.Ian Jackson, of Liverpool Coastguard, said: “Jellyfish numbers start to increase at this time of year and in warm weather you will get more. “It’s important to remember that their tentacles carry stings and we would urge people not to touch them.”
British Triathlon website quoted – Britain’s World and European champion para-triathletes raced at the biggest ever British Championships in Liverpool alongside elite youth, junior and senior athletes as well as age-group athletes from around the country.
A 750m swim in Queen’s and Wapping Docks was followed by a closed-roads 20km city centre cycle course and a 5km run around Liverpool docks, including running past the Echo Arena and the Royal Liver Building.”
My sponsors HUUB have just sent me the most amazing wetsuit ever, I cannot wait to try it out. I love it!
Woohoo! Anyone would think I was serious about this triathlon malarkey. I must be! I took my first open water dip of the 2013 triathlon season.
One of the training venues for SwimForTri (my home triathlon club) is at Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster.
Whilst I was getting ready to brave the bitter cold water and preparing myself for the ultimate plunge, I overheard one of the other athletes talking and saying that Stubbers will be opening up the lake as a competition fishing lake Yep! That’s right you did read that correctly FISH! Competition Lake. Apparently the FISH/Carp in the lake are so big now that the anglers could potentially catch a record breaking Carp. Deep joy my favourite FISH! In the lake I train in
Anyway my adrenalin was pumping so fast and I was so excited I went for it.
It felt great. Water temperature was approx 10.4 degrees!
I am ready ~~ Maybe not?
Well at least my Trek Racing Bike is now ready for the 2013 triathlon Season.
I would like to say a BIG Thankyou to
Chris and his colleagues at Cycles UK in Leigh-on-Sea for adapting my Trek Racing Bike (Brakes & Gears) and attaching my arm cup/socket.
Nick Hillsdon MBE at Queen Marys Rehabilation Center Roehampton for my arm cup/socket
Jo-Jo attended a weekend for a new and exciting paralympic sport on the 2nd & 3rd of February 2013. British Triathlon based at Loughborough University hosted the biggest talent search in the sports history.
Picture of Jo-Jo being tested on a Wattbike
The following information was taken from the British Triathlon website
British Paratriathlon Performance Programme.
The weekend consisted of performance testing in all three disciplines, there was an opportunity for all athletes to receive a national classification, information on 2013 competitions, plus information to ensure all athletes understand the performance pathway and what role they would have to play to succeed and develop over the coming years.
Triathlon will make its first appearance in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, and as the world’s leading paratriathlon nation since 2010, British Triathlon has very high hopes for the performances in just over three and a half years time. The British team currently boasts five world champions double that of any other competing nation, therefore the benchmark for joining this group are set high, however over the past three seasons many athletes have medaled on an international stage less than one year after attending a similar talent initiative.
Who are we looking for? Initially we invite all athletes to this talent weekend, and we aim to ensure all people understand the support available as they progress in the sport, however the team will be aiming to identify those who possess a level of ability and commitment within triathlon to be competitive on a world stage within the next two seasons, therefore athletes who show an all round high level of ability in all three sports, or those who are coming from a world class level in a single discipline sport with a good level of ability in the others will be identified and supported through our future pathway. The classification system within triathlon can be viewed here, and outcomes of classification will also play a part in any follow up, however please be aware that the classification system for triathlon will be changing towards the end of 2013, and more information will be available on this over the weekend. If you wish to view current world class times please see here.
I spent the first couple weeks of my 2012 Christmas Holidays helping Father Christmas AKA my brother James Cranfield www.cranfieldscuriositycabinet.co.uk and my little Dog Chuckle Bear Reggie at The Westborough Academy Grotto
Loughborough University Foundation Degree in Science PASS in Sports Coaching 6 September 2013
Passed DSA Driving Test 30 July 2013
AEGON Tennis Teacher Training Loughborough Uni/College 10 December 2012
Sports Coach UK Equity in your Coaching Loughborough Uni/College 19 November 2012
Sports Coach UK An Introduction to FUNdamentals of Movement Loughborough Uni/College 5 November
Sports Coach UK Safeguarding & Protecting Children Loughborough Uni/College 15 October 2012
ASA Level 2 Certificate for Teaching Aquatics (QCF) Runnymede Swimming pool, Thundersley, Essex. The ASA Awarding Body 14 September 2012 More info
Level 3 NVQ Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (Swimming) Skills Active, Apprenticeships 30 January 2012 More info
The FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Award FA (Football Association) Learning, Leistershire and Rutland County Football Association 10 March 2012
Level 3 NVQ Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance IOS (Institute of Swimming) 1st4sport Qualifications 13 September 2011 More Info
National Pool Lifeguard Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Supervision and Rescue. The Institute of Qualified Lifeguards, Royal Life Saving Society UK 29 July 2011 More info
Millfield School: -A level AQA Physical Education C June 2011 A Level AQA Philosophy D June 2011 A Level AQA Psychology D June 2011 More info
Belfairs High School: -Edexcel GCSE Statistics B June 2009 Edexcel GCSE Mathematics B June2009 Edexcel GCSE (short course) Religious Studies B June 2009 AQA GCSE English B June 2009 AQA GCSE English Literature B June 2009 AQA Level 1 and 2 Certificate Level Two Preparation for Working Life June 2009 OCR GCSE Science B June 2009 OCR GCSE Additional Science C June 2009 OCR GCSE Home Economics C food and nutrition June 2009
OCR National Certificate in Sport. Recognising Achievement: –Distinction OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Sport 9 July 2009 Distinction OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Sport Effective sport leadership July 2009 Distinction OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Sport Social issues in sport July 2009 Distinction OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Sport The sporting environment March 2009 Distinction OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Sport Health, safety and prevention of injury in sport July 2008 Distinction OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Sport The body in action July 2008 Distinction OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Sport Sports skills July 2008
Junior Football Organisers Course The FA (Football Association) Football Development 4 September 2008
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics C June 2007♥
As part of my Sports Coaching Degree at Loughborough all the students in the class had to pick a team sport to compete with other colleges and universities. Well collectively we decided on sitting volleyball and my peers choose me as the team coach, they also named the team “Average Jo-Jo’s” Well! We were not Average we only went and won not only all the matches, we won the overall competition “Average Jo-Jo’s” turned out to be a top notch Squad.