Would you believe that at the time of this report there is 314 days 3 hours, 24 minutes and 38 seconds until the Olympics! It may sound like a long time but I tell you what, this year is flying and I know next year will too. The Hockeyroos preparations are going swimmingly with training keeping us all busy as ever. The body is certainly feeling a little sore following each long week but thank goodness for Sundays. Our one day off.
Besides the training we complete day to day, we, as Hockeyroos, do sometimes get the opportunity to throw on a Hockeyroos media polo and attend events where we can help raise money or raise awareness for charities. This week I had the privilege of attending the McComb foundation’s Burns Ball as well as a ‘RUOK?’ Day function, for which I was an ambassador. Both events were a huge success and provided me with some amazing personal perspectives.
As Hockeyroos we are lucky enough to attend events such as these from time to time where we not only mingle, tell our story and answer questions about life as a Hockeyroo but also hear the stories of people much less fortunate than ourselves. RUOK? Day for example was all about suicide prevention and so many of the people attending the event had lost a loved one to suicide. After the event I went to training and just felt so happy and lucky that I am healthy and well and how fortunate I am that I get to do what I love every day.
Here in Perth we have one more week of training as a group then it is off to Melbourne where we will prepare for the Olympic Qualifiers in Hobart a week later. We have played numerous practice matches over the past month or so of course, but no internationals since Champions Trophy in June so playing New Zealand will be an important opportunity to see where we are at and put into practice all that we have been working on.
Of course I am looking forward to being back in Melbourne and besides seeing mum and my cat, being back at my home training venues, the Victorian Institute of Sport and the State Netball and Hockey centre will be great. That is where it all started for me and I have some great memories of matches and sessions with the girls there.
I will be sure to post some updates about the trip but please keep the feedback coming about the site. I really appreciate it. Oh and if you have time, check out the Australian Olympic team website below. The AOC have posted some videos, including a short interview I did and also one with my team mate Anna.
Burns Ball – Photos thanks to Bliss Studio & Craig Stewart Photography