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Andy Barrow: Game One!

Today was our first game of the Championships against host team, Canada. A good crowd assembled inside the Richmond Oval as both teams completed their warm up. Shortly before the game, a ceremonial tip-off took place between GB’s captain, Steve Palmer and his Canadian counterpart, Garett Hickling. With all the formalities complete, it was finally game time!


Andy Barrow: 2010WWRC First Impressions!

This is the first of the reports that I’ll write from the World Championships in Vancouver. Obviously this is a very busy time for me so I don’t know how long or frequent these posts will be, but I’ll do my best to keep you up to date on our progress here in Canada.

Andy Barrow: A Week to Wait!

As an athlete, I train all year round. I endure the long, boring conditioning blocks throughout the winter. I get caught up and dragged along by the hectic playing schedule of the spring. I search for that last ten percent with my GB teammates all summer. Then, one day I wake up and notice that there’s a slight chill in the air, or that it’s beginning to get dark earlier again. And that’s when I know that it’s time to go to work again!

Andy Barrow: Two Years to Go!

Apologies for the lateness of the post but it’s a busy time for the team right now. All this week we’ve been at a preparation camp in Bath, put on by “Paralympics GB." Rugby is just one of many sports attending the camp which is designed to simulate the atmosphere of a multisport holding camp. A “holding camp” is a place where an entire Paralympic team will gather directly before a major event (such as London 2012) to acclimatize and prepare for their specific events.

Andy Barrow: Hot and Tired

09 Aug 2010 18:26

I’ve left it a while since my last blog entry. Call it a summer break if you will, but the truth is that not much has been happening on the playing side of things now that the season is over. That’s not to say that I haven’t been working! For the last month, the Worlds squad has been training hard ahead of our main pre-tournament camp in a couple of weeks’ time.

Andy Barrow: London's Got Talent

I’m happy to say that the pace of life has been slightly more relaxed since I returned from Canada. All that remained of GB’s domestic season was the National Championships at Stoke Mandeville. London players revert back to their league teams for this tournament so bragging rights were on the line between last year's winners, “Crusaders,” and this year's league winners and form team, “Storm”.

Andy Barrow: Canada Cup Report

We arrived in Montreal a day after Hamilton and Button’s one-two in the F1, looking to pick up where they’d left off. Brutal heat courtside and a punishing schedule really ramped up the pressure on GB in their final warm up tournament before Worlds.

Andy Barrow: Hijack on the River Thames

I had no idea what to expect as I travelled by Coach to the Hilton Hotel at London Bridge. All we had been told was that we were required to remain atcCamp over the weekend for a filming assignment. Working with the media isn’t uncommon for us as athletes and any publicity we can get is welcomed as it can only throw more light on our sport and us. The thing is, the press normally come to us and it’s all fairly standard stuff. They ask questions, we give answers, nobody is particularly controversial etc…

Andy Barrow: Suns, Sevens and Stoke

Summer finally seems to have arrived and Thursday 20th was my first chance to enjoy a day in the sun when I was invited to attend the Lloyds Rugby 7’s Tournament with “Chaucer” who are one of my sponsors. Chaucer were just one of forty teams competing (all subsidiaries of the Lloyd’s Group) at Richmond Rugby Club in West London.

Andy Barrow: From Power Play to Super Series

Last Tuesday and Wednesday at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff, GBWR rolled our their new “Powerplay” scheme for the second time. The concept is simple; take players of all ability levels from across the UK, divide them up into teams and play Rugby!

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