Charlotte Cox

Athlete and Sports Personality

Took off from Charlotte, North Carolina a little late (again) at 9.38am on route to Puerto Vallarta.

We should arrive at 12.26pm local time.

Flying over: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico …… nearly there.

Arrived at Terminal 7 at JFK Airport, New York at 4.00am to find it closed!!  Thought it was linked to Hurricane Earl – but fortunately it was just the airport doesn’t open until one hour before the first flight – ours.

Departed JFK on an Airbus A319 a little bit later than expected at 6.42am.  The flight was expected to land in Charlotte, North Carolina at 8.22am but must have had a bit of a tail wind as we landed in Charlotte at 7.58am.  The flight was a bit turbulent as we skirted Hurricane Earl.

Weather in Charlotte fair 64F with a very light SW wind.

We take off for the final leg of our outbound journey to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at 9.29am.

We awoke a 3.30am, couldn’t sleep – still on UK time.  Took a dawn walk to the Empire State Building (too early – closed).  Enjoyed an early morning breakfast in Time Square – eggs over easy.  We then embarked on a whirlwind tour of NY on an opened topped bus followed by a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and a visit to Ground Zero.  Lunched in Chinatown, a quick visit to Macy’s, the Rockefeller Centre then an evening at the the Empire State Building (Opened).

A sweltering hot day but got back to the hotel to find leaflets on the bed telling us what to do in the event of a hurricane.  Early to bed as we have to be at JFK Airport a 4.00am for our morning flight to Puerto Vallarta – hurricane Earl permitting.

After a flight of 7 hours and 40 minutes we touched down at Newark at 6.41pm local time (11.41pm UK).  It’s a hot summers evening in NY with the temperature in the 90’s. 

Next stop Manhattan and the Jolly Madison Hotel.

Wednesday 1st September – A sunny morning and Sonia and Charlotte are ready to go. 

Sonia and Charlotte - Packed and ready to go

We set off for Heathrow at 11.00am and after a journey of roughly two hours arrived safely at Terminal 3.  We checked in for our Virgin flight VS0001 for Newark, New Jersey.  We said a tearful goodbye to Will and Dad at the departure gate and we headed off through security at 2.00pm to hit the “Duty Free” shops.

Mexico here we come - Security at Heathrow

We boarded our flight at 3.45pm on an Airbus A340 named “Lady Luck” – taking off at 4.20pm for the first leg of our journey to Mexico, via Newark airport and over-nighting in New York.

The official web site of the Mexico games can be viewed at:

http://www.iaads.info/

I fly out to Mexico on Wednesday 1st September via the US arriving in Puerto Vallartta on the 3rd September.  I have a few days to settle in and train before the competion starts on the 7th September.

Please visit this web site to follow how I get on.

Sunday 8 August 2010 saw my last competition before the World Games for Athletes with Down Syndrome in Mexico.  A very hot day in Norfolk saw me running for Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club at the University of East Anglia’s Sport City track in Norwich in an East Anglian Athletics League match.

I competed as a non scorer in the 100m and 200m for the club.  It was a good competition although not my quickest times – but a good run out before my big competition in Mexico.

UEA Sport City Track - my last competition before Mexico

Next stop Mexico.  Mum and I leave for Mexico flying from Heathrow via the US on the  1st September.  Please watch this space for updates throughout the competition in Mexico.

Thank you to all my friends and family for your support, I will do my best in Mexico to repay everyone’s generosity.

Saturday 3 July and Sunday 4 July saw us make our annual trip to the Disability Sport England National Junior Athletic Championship at Stanley Park in Blackpool.  I competed as part of the Eastern Region team and the competition included events for wheelchair athletes, athletes with mobility problems, partially sighted and deaf athletes as well as athletes with a learning disability.

I competed in the 100m on the Saturday and the 200m on the Sunday.

Crossing the finish line first in the 100m

Crossing the finish line first in the 100m.

It was a hot and sunny day on the Saturday and I was successful in the 100m winning the Gold medal in a time of 15.6sec.  The weather turned colder on the Sunday with rain and a very strong head wind on the home straight but I still managed to win the 200m in a rather slow time of 34.8seconds.

Double Gold medals in the 100m and 200m

It was a successful weekend for the Eastern Region team as well, winning the overall competition, we have a fantastic manager Richard Hunt.  I will really miss being part of the team as this is my last year as a junior so it was good finish on a high.   This will also be the last year that dad spends his birthday in Blackpool.

The victorious Eastern Region team (I'm front centre holding the trophy).

Disability Sport England is a really good organisation to compete in you can see what they do on there web page http://www.disabilitysport.org.uk/

Next stop Mexico in September.

Saturday 26 June 2010 saw us at Sportcity in Manchester at the Regional Athletics Arena for the MENCAP National Athletics Championships.

The athletics arena is in the shadow of the Eastlands Stadium the home of Manchester City Football Club and the site of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Sportcity Manchester’s Regional Athletics Arena

 

I competed in the 100m and 200m sprints and would find myself up against athlethes that would represent GB in the European Championships in Croatia this summer.

I raced in an event for athletes Under 20 years of age but would also find myself competing against Senior Ladies (those over 20 years old).  I came second in both the 100m and the 200m on both occasions being beaten by Holly who races for Norwich Athletics Club and who will represent GB in Croatia this summer.

Two silver medals in the 100m and 200m - a good start to the season

I ran the 100m in 15.7 sec and the 200m in 33.63 sec.  Not my fastest times but a good start to the season.

Next week Blackpool for the Disability Sport England National Championships.

You can find out more information about Mencap Sport on there web page http://www.mencap.org.uk

I competed for Cambridge & Coleridge Athletics Club at Mile End Stadium in the Southern Womens League.  I competed in the following events:

100m – 16.2sec (Coming 4th in my race)

200m – 34.3sec (Coming 4th in my race in a personal best time)

Long jump – 2.47m

Shot putt – 3.71m (My first time competing in this event)

It was a very a hot day but a good competition to start my outdoor season.

The Mile End Stadium - overlooked by Canary Wharf

Finishing the 200m in a personal best time of 34.3sec.

My first shot putt competition.