My name is Daniel Broom. I was born on the 25th May 1977 along with my twin sister at Dorchester Hospital. We grew up in Bridport going to school at Bridport County Primary and then on to Colfox. I was always a keen footballer but changed to Rugby due to the lack of options after Under 15 Bridport Bees. I went on and played Rugby for Colfox, Weymouth College and Bridport Colts before joining Bridport 1st and Second squads unfortunately having to retire in 2003 at the age of 25 after my third knee operation. I then went on and played Perry Street football occasionally for white horse when I was not supporting Yeovil town which I have been a season ticket holder for 30 years. I was also a keen sportsman at other sports and represented Colfox and West Dorset at athletics and cross country. When I finished school I carried on running and regularly competed in competitive events. As one of my ‘Things to do before 30’ I decided I would run a marathon. After not getting into London I gained a place in the Edinburgh marathon and entered this in 2005 completing it in under my goal of 4 hours. In 2009 I Started running the great south run after my nephew was diagnosed with a diaphragmic hernia at 6 weeks old and he spent a year in Southampton hospital losing a lung and large amount of bowel due to the condition. The care, support and work of Friends of PICU at Southampton inspired me to run this in aid of their charity which is dear to my heart for saving my nephews life and I raised over £3500 for the unit. I continued to run this race until 2012 where a broken toe forced me to pull out. Unfortunately I have arthritis in my knees now but still run smaller races the last being the Bournemouth 10k in October last year. Other key moments in my sporting life was when I was picked as 1 in 5000 to run in the first competitive race at the Olympic stadium before the Olympics in 2012. Unfortunately for me my knee was dislocated playing football 3 weeks before the race. Determined not to miss out I decided to complete the 5 mile course on crutches completing in a time of 1:06 and beating 65 able bodied competitors. Things got better and I was invited to again run the same race last year being the first competitive race since the Olympics had finished. This time I got to run over the finishing line on two legs! I have also played Cricket for my company for the past 20 years and last year we were lucky enough to win the Crosby Cup in the summer league.
Academically after school I went to college to study BTEC computer studies and after completing this I decided to take a year out before university joining Amsafe Bridport as a junior systems administrator (Known as Bridport Gundry at the time). After the year was up I was asked to stay on at the company and they would put me through professional qualifications. Obviously I agreed as the lure of money was much greater than that of university. I then gained Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Administrator qualifications early on and progressed my career with further in house training and management development courses. I also became a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional in 2010. In 2007 I decided I needed to challenge myself a bit more and decided to sign up for a Masters Degree in Computing in Commerce and industry which I studied through The Open University. After 5 ½ years I completed my Masters last October and will be graduating in March this year. Needless to say I have now been with Amsafe Bridport for almost 18 years and have progressed to Senior Systems Engineer within the company. My other Past jobs include 10 years of bar experience including 5 years spent at The George – West Bay, Bridport & West Dorset club, The Kings Arms as well as numerous events including the Dorchester show. While working at the Bridport & West Dorset Club I became the club secretary for over 3 years. I have also worked as Garden Centre Assistant for 5 years (Humphries) as well as Mungos Kiosk at West Bay for a summer of cooking, I also had a brief two years working at Bridport Cinema.
My interests and hobbies (when I have time) include fishing and I have been fly fishing and sea fishing for the past 10 years. I also have a boat and a kayak which I go out regularly when the weather is good.
I have been married for almost 4 years to my wife who is a sales manager. The rest of my family live in Bridport with my Dad being a journalist, Mother a head mistress’s secretary and my sister a PE teacher.
I regularly attend festivals namely Boardmasters in Newquay and Beautiful Days at Ottery St Mary which I have attended numerous times over the last ten years and this has inspired me to put this festival together for Bridport.
I also provide disco’s locally in my spare time and have 100sqm allotment which I regularly enter produce and preserves in the Melplash Show each year. I am currently joint owner of the best allotment award from last year’s Melplash Show.
As well as the organising the festival I am also part of a group from the net and rope making industries that are in collaboration with a project of the regeneration of the LSI building (Old Library) and Museum refurbishment through lottery grants.
I regularly play skittles, darts and pool for local teams and play 5 a side to keep fit each week.
Reading this you may think how do I manage to fit this all in and I must admit taking on the festival organisation and what is involved is about 10 times harder than I ever thought it would be. I believe that you have to enjoy and get the most out of life while you have the chance and I try to do everything possible to make this happen. As a lot of you know the festival is not there to make us money but to give something back to the community and are main objectives are to Break Even and people to come away feeling they have got value for money and had an amazing day. If we do make any money that is great but this will all be reinvested with 20% going to Local music and Sports projects.
This is something we want to grow with the help and support of the community and eventually involve people who might have a bit more time to improve and establish this into not just a great but amazing festival as the years go by.