A second thank-you blog post: INBF Worlds supporters

November 1, 2013

Following on from my previous sponsor blog post, I have a couple more local businesses to thank. The following wonderful folk have chipped in to help fund my trip to the INBF Worlds… which is next week (!)

The following companies have generously supported me in my INBF Worlds dream (come true): with cash, with cheques of varying sizes, with goods and services.

My local BNI business networking group weaved its way through red tape and paperwork to sign a cheque (in fact it needed more than one signature) – thank you “top table” people!

In fact, most of the businesses who have supported me (see my previous post) are members of BNI Folkestone. I think I need to promote Steve Ross of Free Flow Drains to “Sponsorship Manager” for his absolutely amazing efforts on my behalf, helping round up sponsor donations at 6:30am on Friday mornings!

There are two extra BNI folk to add to the list of supporters:

Trevor Ellse is our Utility Warehouse member, he helps local people and businesses save money on household bills, shopping bills and utility bills. I am posting this blog courtesy of UW’s broadband and have been keeping warm (er) this week courtesy of UW’s gas and electric. Trevor is a keen angler so he knows a niche sport when he sees one 😉 You can find Trevor on Twitter.

Steve Head of Head Property and Garden Maintenance is our garden maintenance guy, he does a stellar job of keeping gardens and grounds in Kent maintained, mowed and looking lovely year round. He’s been busy recently rebuilding fences and sheds, making fallen trees safe, and tidying up debris thanks to the storms last week. Find him on Facebook.

To everyone who has supported me in any way: thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

Please also check out the sponsors listed in my first thank you blog post (some of them are also on the right hand side of this blog up the top there ^^^)

A thank-you blog post: INBF Worlds supporters is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Update post: 13 days til my 13th comp

October 27, 2013

It’s 13 days til my 13th bodybuilding competition. Here’s hoping it’s a lucky number for me!

(There are also 13 members of the 2013 team… !)

In two weeks time, it’ll be the morning after the INBF Worlds. What will have happened? Who knows. It’s exciting!

Only 13 more “sleeps” and only 11 of those in the UK. I can’t wait to meet up with the rest of the UK team and spend the final couple of days of prep with and around them.

I started this blog post intending to give an update but I don’t feel there’s much to say quite honestly! I’ve just been carrying on with prep: more of the same. I’ve been dieting to some degree now all year, and sometimes it really feels like it’s been that long, but at other times the length (and gentle “dialling in”) of the diet throughout the year means that it feels relatively normal. It hasn’t been extreme, or hasty, or full of panic and drama. It’s just kind of what I do, so I’ve felt fine to carry on doing it for a few more weeks.

That’s not to say I’m not thinking about life “post-diet” and setting myself some goals and challenges for the months (and year) to come. I certainly am. I’ll let you know what they are in due course 😉

My training changes slightly today to keep the body moving and burning fat even in these final couple of weeks. My diet has stayed varied and tasty, and I’ve actually recently gone back to a slightly older version of the diet (having modified things for a few weeks, but those modifications are now a little bit harsh as the training gets more demanding).

Here are a few pics from Instagram (I do always advise people to reuse content as much as possible!)


I’m off to the NPA Finals today to spectate – it’s always interesting to watch shows rather than be in them, and I usually pick up a few tips about posing, stage presentation and performance!

Update post: 13 days til my 13th comp is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

A thank-you blog post: INBF Worlds supporters

October 21, 2013

As you might have heard me mention once or twice (!) I’m off to the INBF Worlds! It’s exciting, overwhelming… and expensive. The UKDFBA can only afford to fund the Pro athletes at this time, so for the amateurs on the team, it means a largely self-funded trip.

Given what I do as a job, I ought to be able to put together funding bids, press releases and heart-string-tugging editorials which persuade corporates to get behind the uplifting story of local girl done good 😉 After all, what business doesn’t want to openly align itself with values of hard work, goal setting and achievement?

The following companies have generously supported me in my INBF Worlds dream (come true): with cash, with cheques of varying sizes, with goods and services (including a taxi ride to and from Heathrow).

Little by little I am getting close to my funding goal (and, in the meantime, I’ve officially got tendonitis in one hand from the enormous extra agency project I’ve taken on, because I certainly don’t expect the entire trip to be funded by other people!)

To everyone who has supported me in any way: thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

First to throw their hat into the ring was my friend Heidi at Fasttrack Fit Camp – Berkshire’s leading outdoor fitness bootcamps who get people around Wokingham, Earley, Henley-on-Thames in shape. Find them on Twitter and Facebook too.

This next lot are all fellow members of BNI Folkestone (a local business networking group). At our most recent meeting, despite it being 6:30am on a Friday, we did a bit of bodybuilding posing. Aren’t they a fine bunch of fellows?!


First up has to be Steve from Free Flow Drains (“number one for number twos” – yes, we hear that at 6:30am every Friday!) Steve helped me immensely with achieving the amount of funding I’ve got and I am so grateful. He helps manage a few amateur football teams locally and I think he understands the challenge (and achievement!) of being an amateur athlete. Free Flow Drains, as the name suggests, keep your drains clear. He’s really an expert in what he does and is trusted by restaurants, local councils, and big corporates as well as home owners. Free Flow Drains are on Facebook as well.

JJ’s Taxis Kent supply taxis, executive cars and wedding cars in Kent (and beyond) – their boss Jake is a fellow member of BNI Folkestone and he offered to take me to and from Heathrow for my flight, despite it being a pretty long drive (and a pretty early arrival on my way home).
You can also find JJ’s Taxis on Twitter andFacebook.

Colin Wood of Colin Wood Engineering who has a garage and MOT Centre out on the Romney Marsh. He doesn’t have a website (he’s too busy doing things like getting my car through its MOT and service) but here are his details.

Paul Roberts of Metroline Security based here in Folkestone. They provide security systems and alarms, as well as consultancy services, to homes and businesses. They’re on Twitter.

Chris Dodd at Pentins who are accountants and business advisors. He’s about to help me get my shiz together so that my 2013/14 accounts don’t make me want to gouge my eyes out like my 2012/13 ones did. Pentins are on Twitter giving lots of useful tips.

Ray Johnson of Independent Insurance Services, who are independent brokers with clients ranging from me/my dog to international corporates in high-risk industries. Ray is a keen runner (he’s done 13 London Marathons so far) and is on the organising team of local races including the Folkestone Half Marathon and Folkestone Coastal 10K. Ray is on Twitter here.

John Betts of HSI Roofing, affectionately known in our BNI group as “the rooftop gladiator” (and a few other names which are best kept off the blog). He specialises in rubber roofing, if that’s any clue.

David at Frizbee who print and embroider corporate clothing and gifts, everything from sports kits to mugs and coasters and all those little things you sometimes need for Christmas and hen dos etc! Frizbee are on Twitter and on Facebook too.

Andy of Why Not Fix who offers an amazing service repairing everything from smashed iPads to hair straighteners, white goods and lawn mowers. Probably anything really! He’s just one of those handy guys who understands how to take things apart and fix them. He cleaned my macbook out recently and it is much better. Why Not Fix are on Facebook and he just joined Twitter today so go and say hi!

A thank-you blog post: INBF Worlds supporters is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Three Hills Sports Park supports community sport in Kent

March 21, 2013

At the end of last year, I moved “back home” to Kent, where I grew up, after 17, er quite a few um… “some” years away.

It’s been strange to drive around the areas in which I lived and went to school. Familiar yet unfamiliar at the same time.

And so it was with a mixture of nostalgia (for Folkestone of the 90s) and excitement (for Folkestone’s future) that I went along to the grand opening of the Three Hills Sports Park, just a short drive from my house. As you drive through the entrance, there on the right-hand side is the old cricket pavilion, the site of many a sixth-form “free period”. It was adjacent to the boys’ school and a supermarket, you see. Win/win.

If sitting on the clapped-out old pavilion and arguing the merits of Oasis vs Blur represent the past of the Three Hills site, the grand opening made very clear that its future is full of opportunity.

Three Hills Sports Park is an impressive and rather beautiful community facility available to people living in Shepway and the surrounding areas.
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Entirely funded by a donation from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust (with the land provided on a 125 year lease from Shepway District Council), the £7.8m facility is owned and run by The Cheriton Road Sports Ground Trust, a registered charity comprising volunteers from Folkestone Cricket Club and Optimist Hockey Club. The result is a centre of excellence for cricket, hockey and netball, with some of the best sporting facilities of their type in the country.

It will be home to Folkestone Cricket Club, Folkestone Optimists hockey, Folkestone Running Club, Folkestone netball and Folkestone Dynamos youth football teams. But Three Hills is also – in fact primarily – a community facility, available to anyone in the area who needs indoor or outdoor space to practice or play sport.

Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism, opened the facility, congratulating the designers for “a cutting-edge design that not only looks fantastic but really works well.” The Three Hills project began back in 2005, when we won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. In his speech, Hugh Robertson said that Three Hills embodies the Olympic Legacy – a term we often hear overused and misused, but don’t often see put into bricks and mortar. “I think taking sport to young people and helping them achieve their ambitions is exactly what the Olympic Legacy should mean,” he said. “Three Hills Sports Park brings a fantastic opportunity to young people in Folkestone that simply didn’t exist beforehand.”

I loved going on a tour of the brand-new facility, which includes a pavilion, sports hall, small gym, outdoor pitches, a function room (with great views) and facilities for disability sport. There were more than 300 primary school children there on the day, playing hockey, football and cricket indoors and outdoors. The place was buzzing and it was clear that every inch of the space will be a huge boost to grass-roots community sport in the area.

Freedom Leisure will manage the outdoor pitches at Three Hills, which are designed for national standard hockey, county and club cricket and regional netball. Freedom will also manage the indoor facilities (a first-class indoor sports hall supporting cricket, hockey, netball and other sports, a gym and a dedicated youth area). Three Hills is Freedom Leisure’s 34th site (its third in Kent).

Jeff Hart, Managing Director of Freedom Leisure said, “We are delighted to be working with The Cheriton Road Sports Ground Trust to operate the Three Hills Sports Park. It offers first class sporting facilities for the local community, nearby schools and sports clubs as well as national and international athletes. It is an exciting development and we are looking forward to fulfilling its many objectives.”

If you work with kids or have kids of your own and live in Shepway or nearby, take a look at Three Hills Sports Park’s website, Three Hills Sports Park on Twitter and Three Hills Sports Park on Facebook. It’s a great facility and we’re lucky to have it.

3 Hills Sports Park supports community sport in Kent is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

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