It has been somewhat of a return to normality this week after news platforms were dominated by the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth. Winter sport has also returned for me with rugby matches including Darlington Mowden Park against Cambridge and Yarm School taking on a touring team from Argentina.
Perhaps the most memorable sport-related moment of the last seven days, however was unexpectedly while I was covering the Tees Businesswomen Awards at Hardwick Hall on Tuesday. It was incredible to hear the story of footballer Marrie Wieczorek who was presented with the Jane Turner Award for Outstanding Contribution. She played in an era when women were often overlooked in a sporting capacity. Fighting against the tide of a male-dominated sport, and receiving sexist abuse while playing, Marrie, now 62, went on to represent England on three occasions. Seeing the Lionesses triumph in the European Championships earlier this year must have meant more to her than most people as times have evolved for the better.