Digby Hayden

My relationship with sport had a rocky start to say the least; the day after I learned to run, I fell and broke my toe- somewhat foreshadowing later events. I started off with minis rugby at age 6, and also had been doing casual swimming lessons.

Unfortunately when I was younger; I was more interested in other things than sport, and quit rugby when I was 10, but kept on with the swimming, which I am very glad my parents forced me to do! As I matured both physically and mentally, my swimming grew with it; I started winning our club galas, and my times were getting fairly impressive for a 16 year old, which took me up to county level, and even some podiums. But injury struck me again. Whilst climbing over a fence to fetch a rugby ball, I tore my ACL, which took me a good year to recover from fully. I could still swim, but my times and stamina both took a nosedive in quality. And by the time I recovered, my A levels were just around the corner, so the 5 training sessions a week were no longer possible, so this is when I decided to rejoin my local rugby club.

This time, I truly fell in love with the game, especially the social aspect, which then translated into my university life. Joining the rugby club at university was incredible, I got to know so many people, exercised a lot, and got heavily involved not just by captaining a team for a year, but also further up in sport at university. Here, I was voted into the executive committee two years running, and this really grew my passion for sport, and how it’s more than just exercise, but a release of stress and also the ability to socialise.

Now, I continue to play rugby at home, alongside the odd swimming session. Unfortunately, I seem to have recently aggravated my old ACL injury but once again, the rehab is giving me something to aim for by the time we are released!

 

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