What an eventful weekend of sport we had over Easter. With a house full of family ranging from 92 years down to 4 months there was something to complement everyone’s enjoyment of far too much chocolate.
Living in the South East of England, which is generally accepted to be where cricket started back in the 17th Century, we were naturally delighted that England is still the world’s number 1-ranked Test team after their victory against Sri Lanka in the final Test of the series, marked by Kevin Pietersen’s wonderful 6 from the last ball following his brilliant first innings 151. (It’s amazing what having a son does to the cricket knowledge/interest of one of four girls – although we did in fact play cricket at my all girls school back in the dark ages of my youth..)
As a Cambridge girl I was pleased that The Light Blues won Saturday’s 158th University Boat Race, although unfortunately the circumstances were not the best with that swimmer stopping the race followed by the collision, Oxford’s broken oar and then the really worrying collapse of their bow oarsman.
Meanwhile my ex-golfing (and qualified pilot!) 92 year old mother-in-law loved watching the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament from Augusta, although sadly Lee Westwood’s promising start was eclipsed by Bubba Watson’s astounding winning play-off shot late last night to snatch victory from Louis Oosthuizen. Westwood HAS to win a Major soon – hopefully 2012 will be his year.
Most exciting of all was the British Team’s fantastic performance in the 2012 World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne. From the 10 events which make up the programme for the 2012 Olympic Games in just over three months time, British riders took five gold medals including an unbelievable last split-second victory by Sir Chris Hoy in the Keirin.
Having recently seen the amazing looking Olympic Velodrome close-up for ourselves during a tour right inside the Olympic Park (we were on our Blue Badge Tourist Guides Olympic venues training course and can report that the Park is looking amazing) it is great to think that TeamGB’s track cyclists’ preparation seems to be going so well.
It is going to be a wonderful summer of sport – and remember if you are in the South East and want to explore the region’s cricket heritage or the 2012 Venues we will be delighted to take you to see some of our favourite sporting locations.