Blog: Movember

As you’ll know from my last blog, at the start of November I agreed to participate in Movember, the charity which raises vital funds for and awareness of men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. It involves growing a moustache for the whole of the month of November. For someone like me it was initially quite daunting as I have never grown a moustache, and struggle to grow facial hair of any sort, let alone a moustache!

Well, I never let that deter me and in the true spirit of the charity I have grown my first moustache. Here’s the proof…


Urrrrrrrgh, scary!!! And I still have two weeks to go. I know that lots of the Opus Energy staff are getting involved with Movember too – I hope it’s going well for you all! My only consolation is that I get to shave it off just before I compete in Stuttgart for Team GB on the 1st December – phew!!

My training at the moment is going really well and I can’t wait to compete in Stuttgart as this will be my first competition in five months. Although I’m not kidding myself as I know it will be tough, you can rest assured that I will give it a damn good go. I will be travelling with Sam Oldham, Theo Seagar, Frank Baines and Kristian Thomas. The competition itself is over two days after qualification, with a team competition on the Saturday and an individual competition on the Sunday. The Sunday competition is an invitation-only competition for the top 8 All Around gymnasts from the London Olympics, so Kris will be our representative. Look out for the results and how we do in my next blog – c’mon GB!!!

Finally, I would like to give a big shout out to Harry O’Driscoll, one of the junior Elite Gymnasts at my gym club in Huntingdon. He’s helping to raise some much needed funds towards the expansion of our gym by sleeping in a tent in his garden. He’s been doing this since the Olympics (!) and has already raised more than £1,000 towards the new gym hall! If you would like to read some more about our fundraising efforts or if you would like to help us by donating then please follow this link to read about “the boy in the tent”.

Cheers, Dan