My Journey

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Activity 24.2 – A scene about a character from your past, 350 word limit.

on February 22, 2009

A rugby player from east lancs wing

A wet and windy Sunday morning, the rugby pitch was covered in large murky puddles and the lads were all shivering in their shorts. One in particular stood out as Steve asked me to take the warm up. I’ve never heard anyone moan so much at having to do some shuttle runs and stretches, Dobo made more noise having to do that than he did in the entire training session. He didn’t need to warm up, and he didn’t need to do the training session he was just there to do the games and play the matches. Me and Steve had a treat for them, an entire fitness session followed by a training session and two trial matches. It worked, I put together a training program for the group and they all followed it, all but Dobo, the rebel with purple hair. He spent his days at college, his afternoons on the college rugby team and his nights drinking, a Sunday morning training session wasn’t something he’d signed up for. Surprisingly he was one of the very few that on the day of the tournament did a full warm up and led the rest of the team through the motions. He was selected for Region by the end of the first match and was the highest scorer throughout the tournament. The following year, he followed the old training program I had put together for him and he was twice as good, his scoring was higher and his fitness was as well, he’d stopped smoking and cut his drinking down massively losing the fat he had been carrying and replaced it with extra muscle, making him a brick wall on the pitch. The purple hair had gone and the shoulders had gained a set of stripes causing some maturity to settle into his meaty head. He was still the noisiest on the pitch though, well, apart from me.


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