Jen Offord

Entries by Jen Offord


(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2013 | (23:24)

I have now completed all the "easy" events in my winter allocation of sports. Everything else is going to be annoying to organise, wrestling being no exception to this. Every website I've come across for women's wrestling looks like it's actually an outlet for a particularly niche part of the...

Read Post

Swimming: 100m Freestyle

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (20:54)

This week has been a MASSIVE week in the Inspire a Jen camp. Avid readers and other direct family members will recall that recently, GB Handball player and my new favourite Olympian, Sebastian Prieto, started following the Inspire a Jen Twitter feed. In my post I instructed him, at least...

Read Post

Table Tennis

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (20:50)

And I'm back from New York. I've learnt that American portion sizes and people with absolutely no self control (that would be me) do not comfortable bed fellows make. I've also been as close to Beyonce as it will ever be legal for me to be (at a Brooklyn Nets...

Read Post

Water Polo

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (11:22)

I'm sorry, Sasha Fierce, but I've cheated on you... It wasn't planned ... I just... I think... I have a new girl crush. On Otter Women's Water Polo team.

In planning a programme of participation in almost 40 sports, some are easier than others to pin down. For example, I...

Read Post


(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (11:20)

I'm out of my depth here. As someone who took the executive decision aged 14 to follow her brother rather than Mark Owen and give up Man Utd to start supporting Charlton Athletic (as I can recall, PURELY to be controversial in a town full of Ipswich supporters and manufacture...

Read Post


(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (09:34)

First and foremost, the HUGE news this week is that I now have a Facebook page, as it is necessary to have all the pages, I'm told. If you "like" the blog, perhaps you would like to "like" the Facebook page, here, if you're lazy (there's no shame...

Read Post


(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (09:30)

Another week, another attempt to better myself via the medium of sport and a pretend medal table. I must say, the fact that I'm the only person who's competed in every single sport yet still not managed to take the top spot on the table, is becoming a little humiliating....

Read Post

Beach Volleyball

(0) Comments | Posted 19 October 2012 | (16:58)

Well, well, well. What an exciting couple of weeks it's been for my inspirational journey. It all started with a mention on Team GB's Twitter feed and ended with a bunch of new people reading (hi!) and unless she's been up to some seriously elaborate plotting, I don't think any...

Read Post

Searching for My Olympic Sport - Fencing

(0) Comments | Posted 19 October 2012 | (16:20)

So, no new events this week as I've been coming to terms with, and let's face it, having what can only be described as quite an extreme, cider and donut-based reaction to the news that I've got a place in next year's London Marathon.

I did however participate in...

Read Post


(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2012 | (15:17)

No one was more surprised than me that I did actually manage to undertake some sporting activities last week, but I've yet to report back on my holiday activities in full, and as an historian (if you count a 2.2 in Contemporary History from the University of Sussex as qualification...

Read Post


(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2012 | (21:16)

Last week, I went on a bit of a holiday. But there's no rest for the wicked, nor for those attempting to have a crack at every single Olympic sport, so I return with more tales of my sporty exploits, for which I know you will be grateful now that...

Read Post

The Canoe Sprint

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2012 | (21:10)

Continuing last week's watery, paddle-y, boat-y theme, Sunday saw me and a couple of desperately hungover companions take to a reservoir in Hackney, perhaps a slightly incongruous setting, for some gentle canoeing.

We arrived at Castle Canoe Club bright and early for a free taster session which I had found,...

Read Post

Joining In

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2012 | (18:51)

The only time I have ever tried rowing was at a hen party a few years ago. The primary objective during this outing was to avoid being capsized or otherwise drenched by the Naughty Sisters' boat. So terrified of them we were, that we paddled for our lives, occasionally by...

Read Post

Train Wreck

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2012 | (18:46)

On the night of the Olympics closing ceremony, I was given the opportunity to make amends for my greatest musical regret of all time - getting so over excited about witnessing Blur headline Glastonbury in 2009, that I drank most of a bottle of rum and consequently have almost no...

Read Post

A Note About The Author

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2012 | (14:33)

When Seb Coe revealed that the motto of the London 2012 Olympics was to be "Inspire a Generation", I'm not sure I was exactly the kind of person he had in mind. For a start, at 29 I'm a bit old to become an elite athlete.

I spent my adolescence...

Read Post

Inspire a Jen

(0) Comments | Posted 29 August 2012 | (16:28)

London 2012 Olympics. Gosh, we did that well, didn't we? We've smashed our Beijing record, we're good at more than one sport, and beyond all hope and expectation, the public transport system didn't grind to a shuddering halt.

Hasn't it been exciting? Aren't you glad you stayed in London for...

Read Post