My knees are b*ggared - injuries and overuse and made worse as immobility led to weight gain (add in my left hip going too ) and have been 'walking' on crutches for quite a while now. Told I was too 'young' at 58 for the then only major joint issue of the left knee to be replaced - I didn't fight that. BIG MISTAKE and a subsequent injury to the right knee which had been compensating for the left left me scuppered. The hip has now supplanted both of them in terms of pain. Weight has gone on..... and subsequent health issues (brain haemorrhage, 2 incidents of TIAs and 2 vascular surgeries and then a pulmonary embolism) have left medical folk not wanting to touch me.... the risk, the risk !! My swimming has gone by the board the last 6+ months because of a dreadful outbreak of psoriasis ----- I look like a snake shedding scaly skin..... no way could I go in a pool the way my skin is I found that SMT loved us in fair weather..... and to be honest as we won so often it became almost expected. Our facilities were a disgrace....the girls.... 60+ changing in a space designed for 30 at most, hockey played on tarmac netball courts or sports hall floor. We were the most deprived school on smallest site in Cheshire and scheduled for new school build in 96, then agains a 70% vote to remain in Cheshire was ignored and we became a unitary authority - a death knell for our school ultimately. We certainly never got the rebuild or much of anything else really. We played all our hockey matches away as we didn't have the pitches. Oh and the 4 tennis courts we had at the front of school became 3 when one was sold off so the dr surgery next door could increase its car park! Had they asked us we could have pointed them to some land to the rear of the drs which we had no need for and which could have served them perfectly well.... but of course we weren't consulted....just met with a fait accompli. Re GCSE PE I had the misfortune to share the year group with the idle person on the male side. I would fight to keep the girl candidates in my theory group and to even up the numbers I would be allocated the 'reject boys' the lazy man didn't want. I also had the fact that I taught the theory as an academic aspect (which the exam required) whereas the other group had a far easier time. But...despite my whining.... I wouldn't have wished to teach a classroom subject. I loved sport and PE and I was lucky enough to work with some great kids.