So it’s finally official! I have been selected to compete for Australia in my first Olympic Games. Just like so many athletes, I have dreamed about the Olympics for more years than I’d like to admit. Particularly in the last year it has served as the biggest motivator imaginable. A dream that long ago seemed so distant and crazy, but when it becomes closer you manage to put your body and mind through more than you thought was ever possible. To finally have met the requirements and be given the opportunity which very few receive means so much. Now for part 2 of the dream – show that I deserve to be there through the results I achieve!
For those who read my previous blog, I found myself in a rather frustrating situation by getting sick before my last opportunity to lower my World ranking one last time. There was nothing I could do, however luck does have to come back around sometimes! I now find myself amazingly fortunate to be given a discretionary start in my best event – the 30km Skiathlon! So officially I have been selected to compete in the 15km Classic, 30km skiathlon, Freestyle Sprint and Classic Team Sprint. I am incredibly grateful for being given this discretionary 30km start, I pushed so hard to reach the line and just touching it but falling just short would have been a real heart-breaker. Thanks to all of those involved in helping this go through!
This crazy dream would not have become reality without the support from the many who have shown confidence in me and been right behind me all the way. They are the kind of people who will support you and show that they are proud when things go right, but more importantly will continue to show all this when the going gets tough and things don’t go completely as planned. For the last 5 years, the University of New South Wales, and UNSW Sport and Recreation have been my no.1 financial supporters. Its so nice to know that there is such a highly respected University in Australia that will support you no matter what sport you chose to pursue.
Although the local skiing community is very small in Australia, there are many individuals that make such a difference. Cooma Ski Club, NSW Ski association, NSWIS are some of the small organisations that contain some of the friendliest and most generous of people. The development of the sport is so heavily reliant on these organisations.
High Country Fitness is another that just continues to surprise me. Like I have said before, its a gym that a small town like Jindabyne is so lucky to have. When I finally retire, if I was half as generous and supportive as what Manuela is I would count that as an achievement!
To all these people, my Family and friends, I really can’t thank you enough! We are just finishing our Pre-Olympic camp here in Davos, SUI and once again Davos has treated us incredibly nicely. On Thursday we travel to Toblach, ITA for this weekend’s World Cup which consists of a 15km classic and skate sprint. We then travel straight to Sochi the following Monday where the Olympic Games will begin!
I will keep you all up to date with how my preparations for the Olympic events is coming along.