Last weekend I embarked a road trip, it would take in a drive North, to the South and back home to Bristol again – for 4/5 key hours.
I’d be invited to attend a “Reaching out to Inspire” Seminar at Steve Johnson’s Tops Gym in Wakefield, a wonderful fitness & rehabilitation centre.
Now yes it was a few miles on the clock, but the journey & time the panel (Josh Goodfellow, Dean Bromley, Sam Watson & Darran Pytlak-Stanesby) had taken to share their stories (for free I may add) was priceless. These amazing individuals spoke candidly of their challenges in not only day to day life but also pushing boundaries to get themselves to an incredible state of fitness & to become beacons of the growing sport of disability bodybuilding.
Each opened up to the group, documenting their tremendous fight, spirit and drive to live a full life & to push themselves higher and higher.
I’ve had contact with Josh for a while, sharing his knowledge and passion – something I’ve really been able to relate to, but to actually meet him & the others, hear them talk so passionately, was one of the most inspirational afternoons of my life, they have set the bar, growing the sport of disability bodybuilding – I cannot thank them enough for their time, I will see them again, no doubt about it, within the sport and one stage – one day. They are my hero’s.
That motivation then got me through a charity 10k in fancy dress the following morning in Southampton – it was the end of great weekend, full of empowering inspiration – you couldn’t put a price on the significance of what it has meant to me – watch this space.
Finally, a heart felt thanks to Steve Johnson for setting up the space and providing the platform for such an amazing event!