7 Random Facts About Me

I was hit in a virtual game of tag over Christmas, as it’s the first time I’ve been tagged in one of these I thought it was only fair to join in, especially as it’ll get me started on another of my New Year’s resolutions, to blog more!

It was Sukhjit who tagged me and you can read about her here. When she contacted me on Twitter to tell me I’d been tagged she expressed an interest in plastic snow so I’ve included some details related to that.

  1. I’ve always been sporty. When I was 5 I started ballet and acrobatic classes, because I sucked at ballet (I failed my first ballet exam) I took up gymnastics at the age of 6 and continued until I was 18. When I was 12 I started figure skating, I did this alongside my gymnastics and competed in both. I stopped both sports when I went to uni in 1993.
  2. I used to be a cheerleader. I blame my mate Adi for this, he was on the American Football team at uni and convinced me that they needed cheerleaders, so I spent Sunday mornings on the sideline of a muddy field in Bristol (in mod Winter) in a short skirt waving pom-poms while trying to stay warm.
  3. I have very little contact with my family. Since leaving for uni I haven’t really seen eye to eye with my mother so I don’t really see her, my dad or my brother much. I haven’t been home to stay at Christmas since J (my other half) and I got kicked out of the house on boxing day 1997 because I was spending too much time studying for my final exams and not enough watching Jerry Springer with my mother.
  4. I studied Biomedical Sciences and have a pass degree because I didn’t complete my final year project. I also spent 2 years working in a Haematology lab as part of my uni studies. I decided it wasn’t a job I wanted to do long term so moved away from NHS work…….until now
  5. 10 years after leaving uni I’m back working for the NHS again, all be it as a freelance business analyst rather than in a lab. It’s my first freelance job and it feels very much like it was meant to be!
  6. I started snowboarding at the age of 27, I’m now 33 and have competed in 3 British Championships and a number of other competitions. Some of my friends think I take it all too seriously as I tend to view it as a sport rather than a lifestyle or just a holiday, but I think that if you’re going to enter competitions you need to do some amount of training, both on the slopes and off otherwise you’ll never perform as well as you can. I’m currently 59th in the Ticket to Ride World Snowboard Tour Rankings
  7. I love riding plastic snow! Sad as it may seem I really enjoy riding dry slope in the UK as well as mountains when I’m away. I find that snowboarding is the best way to get fit for snowboarding so I make use of the facilities in the UK which allow me to ride all year round. There are 3 main types of plastic snow in the UK, dendix, snowflex and permasnow. Dendix is the original diamond’s with holes in, and even though I almost broke my thumb riding it, I miss the fact that there aren’t as many comps on it as there used to be. If nothing else you’d really try to stand up on your landings ‘cos it stung so much when you fell. Snowflex is my favourite plastics snow. Developed by Briton Engineering it has foam padding under the surface and no holes for limbs to get stuck in, having ridden in 4 comps on this surface over the summer it’s improved my riding and my confidence no end and in my opinion is much better for progression than riding indoor snow due to it’s consistency and nicely shpaed jumps. Permasnow is hole-less like snowflex but is abrasive and eats snowboards……AVOID! or at the very least ride a very, very old board.

So there you have it 7 things about me…and now I get to tag 7 people myself:

Joanna Geary
Gbay – her 7 things
Swinhoe – his 7 things

Just noticed that’s 8! But someone’s bound to not bother

Rules as copied from Sukhjit’s blog:

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.

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  1. sukhjit

    My family from England is visiting for the holidays, they said that you were ahead of your time with the English cheerleading!

    Thanks for playing Kat. Very cool getting to know you better.

  2. Kat

    You’re welcome! It was fun playing.

    Cheerleading has definitely grown as a sport over here in teh last 12 years, it’s still not mainstream but there are now actual cheerleading comps which were only just getting going when I took it up

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