The Decathlon Blogger Community

When I’ve heard friends and bloggers talk about Decathlon, and when I’ve briefly popped into, or passed a store, I’ve assumed its for outdoorsy people and runners. How wrong I was! When I finally looked into the company, I found that not only is their company ethos ‘Making Sport Accessible For The Many’ but they stretch far beyond hiking and running. A multi-brand empire, they cater for all things gym, cycling, swimming, running, trekking and much more. So when I was then invited to be part of Decathlon’s Blogger Community, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the company, and also spread the word about what Decathlon has to offer.

As an introduction to the brand, and as a meet up for the Decathlon bloggers, I recently headed to their Canada Water HQ for an evening of sport and trivia. Aside from having a catch up with some of my favourite blogging buddies, and meeting new ones too, it was a chance for me to explore the Decathlon enterprise.

And what an enterprise it is! With stores in 40+ countries across the world, and 33 (and growing) in the UK, Decathlon has big ambitions for the future. Championing quality brands such as Domyos – for fitness, Quechua – for outdoors and camping, Tribord – for anything water based, and more, their strive for excellence and a wide range of options. As I mentioned before, their company ethos is all about making sport accessible, but they’re also innovative, having won numerous awards for their own products. These include Best Tent and Best Road Bike to name but a few.

The evening itself was a team circuit training session and sport quiz. Did we get competitive?? I’d be lying if I said no, but we’re all sporting people in one way shape or form, so perhaps that was to be expected. Fun times aside, the Decathlon Bloggers Community is as varied as the company itself (famously there are 350 different sports played among their staff), from me the yogi/PT, to marathon and ultra marathon bloggers, active travel and everything in between, check out the rest of the crew on Decathlon’s website.

Stay tuned as I share more about the brand and their products in the future. Thanks Decathlon for including me in your growing community, I can’t wait to get more involved!!

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Be Inspired – The Commonwealth Games

I couldn’t not write this post having watched some amazing women’s athletics yesterday evening at the Commonwealth Games (on TV, I haven’t taken a quick trip up to Glasgow). What grabbed me most are two inspiring stories which I want to share with you, in case you haven’t come across them yourself.

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The first young lady I want to highlight is Lynsey Sharp, 800m silver medallist for Team Scotland in yesterday’s final. Lynsey has had one hell of a year, and one hell of a week! Earlier this year, after experiencing calf pain during training, Sharp needed surgery to remove her plantaris tendon which runs from halfway down the calf to the ankle. Complications arising from surgery resulted in an infection and yet more surgery is required later this year.

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Lynsey Sharp (Image: SNS Group)

Not only that but, in her post-race interview, she admitted to having not slept at all the night before the final: “Even right up to this morning I was in hospital in the village until 5:30. I haven’t slept at all. I was throwing up all night. I had a drip in my arm.”

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Lynsey Sharp (Image: SNS Group)

An incredible story that should inspire anyone who has ever faced injury or illness. The next time I feel tired or poorly and have to push myself through training or work, I will think of Lynsey.

The second inspirational person I want to draw attention to is Jayne Nisbet, who has overcome her battle with bulimia to compete in this year’s Commonwealth Games.

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Jayne Nisbet (Image: Daily Record)

Nisbet was forced to miss the last Commonwealth Games in 2010 when her illness was at its peak, but she’s fought back against the debilitating condition, more associated with models, gymnasts, ballerinas and jockeys than track and field athletes. Nisbet makes a good point when talking of the pressure she felt: “People say they don’t understand why you’d be so worried about how you look but I think when you are wearing a crop top and pants on television, if you are even a little bit overweight, you are going to get criticised.”

As someone who’s battled an anorexia myself, it’s so important to highlight that there is no one ‘type’ of person that can develop an eating disorder. Anyone can feel the pressure to look a certain way, or weigh a certain amount whether they’re a top-level athlete, ballerina, or jockey….or a city worker, model, or media executive.

I hope that both these girls’ stories inspire you to do something different with your day, take up a sport that you think you can’t do, or think you’re not strong enough to do.

The Commonwealth Games has inspired me hugely, as did the Olympics two years ago. Right now, I want to be a gymnast, diver, swimmer, runner and everything in between! What have you favourite Commonwealth moments been?