Head coach of the Dorset Mixed Quoits and Home Brewing team Mrs Gwen Southpole was involved in a bizarre training accident yesterday, Team Dorset sources revealed after Mrs Southpole appeared at a Press Conference wearing an arm sling and a broad smile.
"I've been a bit of a silly-billy" the former three times Canford Magna Area Hoopia and Craft Ale Champion admitted. "I was taking routine training with the team - getting them to perfect their synchronised Bothenhampton overarm double dorsals (with a DQA specific unified standard 4 lb quoit) whilst checking the specific gravity of a 2017 milk stout in Verwood suspension - when I felt a twinge. Thinking it was just Vice President Jermyn Street doing his usual pre-match digital morale boosting routine, I was ready to make a compensating over-clench when I felt something snap - and for once it wasn't my temper!", she joked. A former DHRA Llama Gymkhana Organiser and winner of Milton-on-Stour's Annual Smiling under Duress Competition (1968), Mrs Southpole is known for her ability to smile under duress.
"It's lucky it happened to me and not a member of the team itself", she joked. "With a regional final against the Wiltshire on the cards, the last thing we need is a smiling limp-wristed former three times Canford Magna Area Hoopia and Craft Ale Champion throwing a wonky quoit at a critical moment, though I would like it to be known that I can still manage a bottom fermentation/reversible decoction double-axel singlehanded!"
"She has an amazingly strong grip and a dependable one-handed technique", DHRA Men's Section Fire Officer and husband Scott Southpole affirmed, "it's all in the wrist action and I am, convinced that, if push comes to shove, she could still pull it off".
Mr Southpole is 35; Mrs Southpole isn't..
Mrs Southpole at the Press Conference yesterday showing signs of the injury she sustained whilst training the team. Still the life and soul of the party and a dab hand with the sparging liquor, she has been known to perform a full cycle fermentation as well as a double-sequential three mott overlap (Long Game; Minterne Magna Variation) in less than three days