Since Ethan gets driven around everywhere for the games and me and baby took the tube we were happy to accept when Ethan asked if we wanted to ride over with him and the 2 tandems representing Team GB in Beach Volleyball to the HGP. Zara and Shauna (who i’ve talked quite a bit about) for the Women’s side and John Garcia-Thompson and Steve Grotowski for the men’s side and their coaches, along with SEVERAL other Teams.
Today was my first day getting to REALLY see other athletes, outside the Commonwealth, practice. It was really a special experience too. The top teams were out there pounding away. My American friends met us there and i got a chance to explore with them again around the side courts and the center court of the HGP before the athletes took to the sand. It’s incredible how it’s all come together the last few days. Massive. Brilliant. Perfect.
If Ethan could he would spend all his time here. He adores the sport and all the athletes have such a respect for him and his desire to try new things on all of them to get them to their best. I know he is a Team GB supporter but the whole reason he is so respected by all the beach athletes is because his desire is to medically get the worst to their best and make the best even better, no matter what country they are from. You have to admire commitment like that.
It was also nice to meet those pesky Americans Misty May and Kerri Walsh. They are just the sweetest people ever! I know my American mates were over the moon to be meeting them. Allowing my American flatmates to meet Misty and Kerri also set me up for the biggest surprise of the day.
Some foreign colleagues of Ethan’s were around to help their teams and he was wanting to introduce me to them and especially to a medical tandem who were a Husband and Wife team. I left my baby in the care of my American mates (one of which is my former flatmate who is Jameson’s godparent) who were chatting it up with Misty and Kerri and the two other American athletes, apologies for not knowing their names, i’m trying to make an effort to learn them all, Ethan could tell you plus some personal fact he has learned about them by now. I was gone for MAYBE an hour. And by gone i mean standing outside the medical clinic door where they were with my baby. When i got back, all was fine. Baby was sitting on the lap of my former American flatmate’s lap and the Americans were having their legs rubbed out by their physicians or using the ice baths.
It wasn’t until i went to change my babies diaper a bit later that we noticed just what had happened. He soiled his diaper quite badly while at the HGP. Apparently, Kerri Walsh, is a mother of 2 young children in diapers. They routinely come with her to competitions and she rarely cleans out her bag. So instead of coming to get a diaper from me, they got several diapers from her to change my baby with.
Yes…my baby was unknowingly the victim of this American prank! We had a good laugh and i changed him back but later when i went to change him again, he was found in another Team USA diaper. I now wonder how many times throughout these games this will happen to his little Team GB behind!