Resilience, relevance & reflection: 2018 review

5 Dec 2018

Fairway is juggling international expansion with many other projects (such as IT) to constantly move the business forward.

For me personally, 2018 has been a superb sporting year, completing my first half Ironman in Barcelona (coming 9th in my age category), qualifying for the Jersey Island Games team for Gibraltar 2019, winning the Breca swimrun sprint with my fantastic team mate Kirstie Clutton AND making the Irish team for the World Triathlon Lausanne 2019.

Family as ever are my inspiration; my 4 children continue to impress and surprise me. I learn so much from them all and thank them along with my long-suffering hubby who supports me in business and sport to be the best I can be.

From a sporting perspective, 2018 has also been great year at Fairway.

The power of sport and business

It has been wonderful to support Ollie Turner and see the progress he has made through Super League Triathlon. He has been living the dream with some excellent performances especially Mallorca where he qualified for stage two.

Through his goal setting, planning and training, he got to be with the best in the world, the Brownlee brothers, Blumenfelt, Zaferes, Coldwell to name a few. What an amazing opportunity for him and we were delighted to be part of his journey supporting him fulfill his potential. As we know any athlete is only as good as his last race and what has been admirable about Ollie is that he has continued to work hard and improve. We wish him the best of luck for the 2019 season and beyond.

The Superleague cricket season was also wonderful for us to be a part of, with 150 children competing weekly in what was a high standard or cricket. The Jersey Cricket Board created a highly competitive league within which the children participating flourished. We also took the opportunity to raise funding for our local charity Brightly with teas, coffee and cake. Thank you to the bakers and those that catered it went a long way!

We had a Rugby World Cup winner visit our Bath Street offices to explain how sport and business are closely aligned. Kyran Bracken spoke to all of our team members to give an insight into how the England national team went from “Good to Great”.

As we learnt it was the small things: the inches that they implemented from skintight kit, use of a visual coach, training with the marines for match fitness, chefs dealing with nutrition, to a radical shift in focus to defence rather than attack. It is a remarkable story and one we can learn a lot about values and how hard work pays dividends to those who persevere to remain relevant.

It was also fun to host two client events with All Black legends Justin Marshall and Zinzan Brooke. The feedback from attendees for both has been really positive and we hope fits well with our consciously independent values.

Having reflected on the season and wanting to take my performance to the next level I decided to embark upon a journey with a new coach. It was with the blessing of Nick Saunders (who I thought might fight to keep me a little more than he did!) with a big thumbs up that I am now under the close supervision of Julian Nagi. It is early days but everything has changed, my routine, my sessions and my mindset. All positive as I move into the next phase of my sporting career and hope that 2019 brings the success I will be working hard to achieve.

Hopefully, you have had a chance to review your 2018, no doubt you have been resilient this year and remain relevant for 2019. Think big and be the best you can be.

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