Charlotte named ‘Surf Hero of the Year’ in UK Surf Awards

Surf hero of the Year 2013: Charlotte Banfield; a 15-year old girl who overcame heart surgery and went on to the semi-finals of a surf competition is set to be named “Surf Hero of the Year” at a national awards ceremony on Sunday.

Charlotte Banfield, from Penryn in Cornwall, scooped the award which was sponsored by The Wave Project and UK Pro Surf.

Charlotte, who also has a diagnosis of autism, underwent surgery last November to treat her weak heart. Earlier this year she had to go to Bristol Hospital for further cardiac treatment. However, the determined teenager recovered her fitness and went on to reach the semi-final of a national surf competition in July.

She underwent further surgery on her legs in September, but once again bounced back, and was back in the water surfing earlier this month.

Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylor, who was on the selection panel, said: “Charlotte is a real inspiration to other young people who have to overcome difficulties and setbacks to achieve things they want to do. It was a very strong field of nominees for this award, but the panel felt her courage and determination make her a deserved winner of the title Surf Hero of the Year”.

Helen and Joel Blackman, from Croyde, Devon, have jointly won the Surf Volunteer of the Year award for their work with young people.

The couple have been active in numerous community surf projects in their local area, giving up most of their spare time to volunteer with surf projects, including Croyde Surf Life Lifesaving Club , Christian Surfers UK and the Wave Project in Devon.

The Inclusive Surf School of the Year award went to Spectrum Swansea. The South Wales-based club are entirely voluntary run, but have helped over 100 children on the autistic spectrum and their families to learn to surf.

Chair Anna Parton said: “We are absolutely chuffed to win this award. It recognises all the hard work that has been put in by local families to deliver inclusive surf sessions in Swansea.”

The final award in the Surf Hero category was Surf Instructor of the Year, which was awarded to Harry Bennett of Bigbury Surf School in Devon, for all his work with disadvantaged young people.

Dave Reed, from the UK Pro Surf Association, said: “We are delighted to support these awards, which recognise all the achievements of people across the country in making surfing an inclusive sport for all.

Well done! 

Enjoy life!

What would you like your life to be? Affordable, constructive, warm, appreciating, amusing? Could it be, loved, audible, angelic, acceptable, better, calming, relaxed?

Or comfortable, precise, courageous, different, delightful, adorable, excellent, elegant. But then again, could it be enjoyable, exciting, extraordinary, fantastic, fun, favourable, friendly, generous, humorous, happy, satisfying, irresistible, kind?

Would this make your life more enjoyable to be more; loveable, memorable, magnificent, noticeable, pleasurable, presentable, profitable, reliable, playful, remarkable, restful? Whatever it is for you, make it work for you! Learn new skills, be your motivator, and create what you want to be or have more of in your life.

It would be great if you like to share your ideas!

Space In Your Head.

I came across this saying and really liked it: Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out! Robert Tew.

Sometimes we spend so much time dwelling into negative talks that people put on us or that we take on from them, because remember we always have a choice :-). We sometimes forget to enjoy what we have got and what is right in front of us. Enjoy your life and follow your dreams no matter what other people say. Trust your inner self and go for it. Love life and life will love you back. Free your mind and live your life, there will be many roadblocks along the way, and until we can silence the negative voices of others and our-self, we will not be able to truly see our own calling and be success full. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything they just make the best of everything and follow their positive voice. Make your choice into which direction you would want to go, up-down-left or right, remember you have a choice!

A Place To Clear Your Head

I am one of the lucky people that live in Cornwall and close to the sea, as I was walking along the beach I saw three patches of light shining on the water and slowly they came together and it was one long path of light into the horizon.

So beautiful. I love seeing the light on the water and it seems to be always different whether it is cloudy or sunny. It always makes me feel good.

Walking is such a wonderful way of clearing you mind and let the thoughts just flow.

The water is so calming and peaceful and the beach is a place where people are happy and relaxed, full of activities and joy.  It is great to see dogs running they are so eager to play and full of energy. Sometimes you see the sunbeams spreading over the water and it is just magic, I love it.

Do it for yourself just go for a walk and see how it makes you feel to clear your mind!

Let me know what you experienced!!!!

That Great Feeling

How to motivate yourself? Sometimes we like to do things but find all sort of obstacles in the way, like I don’t want to do this or I feel tired.

If we just say stop to ourself and think about the feeling that it will give you afterwards then it becomes easier to motivate yourself; for instance I like going to the gym, but sometimes I find an excuse and end up not going. Then I feel that I cheated on myself. The other day was such an example I didn’t wanted to go to the gym but I made a promise to myself that I would go on a regular basis so I decided to go.

As it turned out I had a lovely time. I had a chat with a lady who was training to go to the Himalayas, (imagine to walk in the Himalayas how great is that) she had a ruck sack on and was walking on the running machine. She looked great and was so excited about her forthcoming trip as you can imagine.

If I hadn’t gone there I would have never met up with this inspiring lady and heard about her training and her adventure. She inspired me with her story. It is great to go out and do things, you never know what or who you meet on the way. I felt great afterwards and was glad that I went. I said to myself “WELL DONE”.  It’s a great feeling having done some physical activity, and having the excitement of the unknown, what, whom will I see, hear or meet.

If you find yourself making all sorts of excuses to not do something for yourself think about the GREAT FEELINGS that it gives you afterwards and go for it. It would be great if you can let me know!!!!!

Walking On Air

Do something new for yourself! I noticed there was a special on that said ‘hot stone massage’  I was curious what that would be like. A friend of mine told me it’s great it’s like walking on air when you come out, so I had to try this.

Well I tell you it was GREAT  so relaxing and wonderful, I would recommend this to anybody. Not knowing what to expect, it was a real treat and as my friend said it’s like walking on air when you walk out. It’s great to give yourself a treat once in a while and it will stay with you for a long time, every time I think about it, I give myself a big inner smile and step into that lovely relaxing feeling.

Think of something nice you have done for yourself and step into that feeling, give yourself an inner smile and let that wonderful feeling float back into you and fill you with warmth.

Have you done something for yourself that when you think about it it makes you smile and gives you that great feeling? Would be  great to hear!!

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Marie Hart (LoveAndHealing)

What Is Love?

When I think about what is love, all sorts of things go through my head. There are so many songs, poems, films and stories around the subject love. We all seem to look for it in one way or another. A little while ago I went to a funeral and there was the song ‘The Rose’. When I looked at the words, which are so beautiful, there were a few lines that resonated with me “Some say love it is a hunger, an endless aching need”, “I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed”. This is so beautiful and yet we do forget that we are special.

It also says “Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies a seed that with the sun’s love, in spring becomes a rose”. That is to me what love means, allow the sun to shine on you, be kind to yourself, by doing that you will find that love is all around. Life is full of unpredictability, and no matter how hard we try to make it as stable as possible, at any given time, anything can take place, and our lives can totally change with or without our approval or desire. So why not make life yours?

Don’t let what you have been through prevent you from growing! Why not dance, why not LOVE, why not seek new adventures as each day passes, you truly only live once! Be kind and give yourself an inner smile send it into your hart and notice how your body is feeling by giving yourself that little gift. Although you can’t change situations sometimes you can change how you deal with it. We all have a choice.

It’s like the saying “Cut your own wood and it will warm you twice” Happy Valentine!

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