Since the age of 8, when I distinctly remember trying on my first ever pair of buckled pads at school, I have been obsessed with cricket. However, little did I know that when sifting through my cricket club’s inbox (Flitwick CC – The Mighty Otters, in Bedfordshire) in early 2012, I would stumble upon an email which would ultimately challenge my perspective on life and allow me to use the game I love for a greater good. That email of course was from Cricket Without Boundaries and I knew from reading it only once that I was about to make one of the best decisions I have ever made in sending off an application form. Nine months later I was project leading my first trip to Rwanda.
Since that inaugural trip I have been involved with or lead on further projects to Kenya (twice), Botswana and most recently, Cameroon. However, to use my favorite expression: ‘I’m not nearly done’ and this is why I am taking part The Great CWB Cycle.
CWB really is an awesome charity and something I am immensely proud to be a part of. I have seen first hand the power its work can have on communities and I am determined to help in whatever way I can to ensure more and more projects take place to help us all ‘Bowl AIDS out of Africa’. I am extremely grateful therefore to my friends, family, sponsors and especially work for supporting me in attempting to complete this epic challenge.
As to my cycling prowess? Well, at the time of writing, short of Boris Biking to work a few times, I don’t have any. However, I have managed a few marathons in the past so I am hoping to call upon some of that cardio ‘muscle memory’ to get me through the first week or so. After that, it’s just sitting on a bike, right? How hard can it be…