Fusion my local hair salon in Gorleston arranged for Shannon to come to my house to do my hair on the Sunday morning. Shannon does my hair a lot & i trust her. She also did my hair for awards nights & when i went to the Palace.
We had to travel to Leeds for the awards so Shannon made sure it wouldn't drop or fall out & lasted the whole event.
We went to the BBC guest reception first which was at Leeds Civic hall. It was all really posh & there were lots of people dressed up really nice. There were waiters & waitresses bringing round drinks & canapes all the time while an Orchestra played. It was great for us to dress up nice together we are normally in trackies or swimsuits when we see each other. When we got inside we were given our wrist bands to wear to get us into everywhere too, they were really sparkly! I love cheese & found a canape tray with mini cheese & crackers on it so i stuffed one in my mouth.....omg i thought i was going to be sick in front of everyone it was blue cheese the only cheese i don't like. I run around trying to find the toilets gagging which really made everyone really laugh except me!
When we left to go to the pre show & live show coaches came to pick us up & take us. It had been raining outside so me & Amy had to lift our dresses so they didn't get muddy on the bottom. No one could believe it when they saw that i had thermal leggings & my trainers on under my dress, they really laughed but i like to keep warm & comfy & my trainers were pink to match my dress & i had blinged them up with crystals too.
The arena is huge, there were 12 thousand people there!!
I had never been to a live show like that before & it was amazing. When the telly shows clips of who to vote for all these camera men come out from everywhere & everyone gets into their position ready to start again. Gabby Logan & Clare Balding both did interviews in front of us so we were on the telly a few times. All three of us were also on the 2013 Para achievements montage which was great. I was sat next to Hannah & Amy was next to her dad just a few blocks away. Hannah cant see very well so i helped to tell her what was happening but there was so much going on i couldn't take it in & got confused so we just listened in the end as i get stress headaches if concentrate too long. There were so many famous people there i thought that the police had bullet proof vests on but it turns out that they were camera men with pockets in there vests to hold poles ect in while they were filming, whoops!
There were massive flames that shot up from the stage & we could feel the heat from them, there were flares & at the end a man wheeled out a big cannon thing. It was really close to me & Hannah & we thought it was going to make a big bang noise & scare us but it was amazing. It was a confetti cannon & it covered me & Hannah, i would love one of those!
I had a really lovely time at BBC SPORTY & i hope i do well with my swimming next year so i get invited back again.
Well done to everyone for getting an award!
If you look closely you can see my trainers haha!
This is Gabby Logan,
she is doing her interview right in front of us. You can even see my knee in the photo!
This is Clare Balding,
she is also doing an interview right in front of us & this is the clip that you all saw on telly.
We look really grumpy in the background but we were having a lovely time.
This is mine & Hannah's selfie but i don't think it made it to the SPORTY page!
Thank you BBC SPORTY i had a really lovely time!