Its been a frustrating, upsetting, demoralising and also inspirational time.
The BPU and ABPU have been firsts………..
First to ban people for personal defamatory comments (with no basis) on social media. This was to try and attempt to create a non-judgmental platform for everyone in the sport without fear of utter idiots unless youre being a nob.
First to combine tested and untested athletes on platform and make them damn well compete together instead of the old ‘us’ and ‘them’ attitude and respect each others choices.
First to hold 2 and then 3 platform meets in the UK
First to hold a full power competition in a major expo
This is one of those times that we need to do a few more firsts, take a few more risks and do what do best – have a go and not be afraid to get it wrong. To make mistakes, learn and improve.
We are in a precarious position right now with the ever twisting and escalating Covid 19 situation which has badly affected most of us in some way – some of us forever. This has been a silent assassin in many ways and in way a foe you cannot take up arms against as every time you think you have out maneuvered it, it turns again. Our outstanding scientists are fighting for us and our front line people are working with us, but the fact is that once again we have think laterally and about “we”, not just “me”.
In case it looks like mass gatherings are banned for some time or our gyms will be closed for months, another series of changes have to happen. I am absolutely determined to provide something in some shape or form but maybe not in the way, time or place you would expect.
Tomorrow government makes an announcement and a layout for an exit strategy. Probably no exact time frames will be given, and if they are they are bound to be fluid. Based on that, on Monday I will make a series of phone calls, including one to Bodypower – and send many emails to find out if plan A, B, C or D are even vaguely executable and somehow provide actual firm plans to move forward.
We are in a bad position – we are trying to keep everything going but the amount of work that has to happen with governing bodies, venues, logistics, negotiating to try and flights changed and so on and so forth not to mention insurance and risk assessments are all considerations that have to happen.
In short, once the announcement is out of the way tomorrow – let me make the calls and do the emails so that I have something to announce, even if it is that everything stays the same (which would be outstanding news).
In the meantime, thank you so much for your understanding, patience, kindness and messages of support, which frankly help immensely. Sometimes you just feel like you are powerless and failing at everything and everyone. Thank you so very much and lets cross our fingers for tomorrow.