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Dinner in Abu Dhabi

By | October 29th, 2016|BLOG, Celebration, Motivation|

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be invited to Abu Dhabi just for dinner!  But about a week after arriving home from Rio I received an email from Brian Cookson, President of the UCI asking me if I was free for dinner on the 18th of October!  The invite was [...]

Life After Rio

By | October 12th, 2016|Motivation|

It feels like life has been on fast forward since arriving home from Rio.  With welcome home functions, meeting with friends and family to share my experience, it's hard trying to get back to a normal life.  But there have been some amazing functions that are really a once in a lifetime experience, with a [...]

Success in Rio

By | September 22nd, 2016|Celebration, Motivation, MS, Racing|

All I can say is what a week in Rio!!!   I arrived on the 9th of September, two days after the games had started and was greeted by an excited Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin at the Paralympic Village.  It was wonderful to see the rest of the team and exciting to finally be [...]

Good-bye Italy Hello Rio!

By | September 9th, 2016|Motivation, Racing, Training|

I said goodbye to Italy yesterday and the wonderful family and staff that run the Hotel Faro in Montichiari. It has been a really good 4 weeks of training in a beautiful part of the world. It also helped me concentrate on my job next week and that is performing to the best of my [...]

10 Days Until Rio

By | August 30th, 2016|BLOG, Family, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

Well I have been in Italy for 2 and a half weeks so far and this morning I farewelled the rest of the team as they headed to Rio.  Stuart Tripp (hand cyclist) and I are the only two riders left in Italy with an amazing team around us, Lia - physio, Nick - coach [...]

A Week in Montichiari

By | August 19th, 2016|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends, Motivation|

It’s hard to believe that a week has gone by since we arrived in Montichiari for our pre-Rio camp. It has been a good week of getting over jet lag and getting into the final preparation for our ‘Road to Rio’. Actually when I think about it the last 4 years have flown by and [...]

It’s Starting to Get Real – Rio Here We Come

By | August 13th, 2016|Motivation|

At the end of May when it was made official that I was going to Rio I thought "It's still 3 months away", well those months have flown by and I wonder where the time has gone. The Australian Para Cycling Team for Rio is now based in Montichiari, Italy where we are having our [...]

Celebrating Success

By | June 22nd, 2016|Celebration, Motivation|

How many of us actually celebrate our success? I’m not talking about those big, life changing goals but the stepping stone goals along the way. Celebrating these successes is important and good for you because it reminds you of the reasons you set your major goal in the first place. I also believe it is [...]

Preparing For Death

By | June 15th, 2016|BLOG, Family|

I have wanted to write this piece for a few months now, but it has taken me this long to actually put my thoughts on paper and if I am to be really honest I just wasn’t ready to write about it. After watching my mother and sister deal with my father’s failing health I [...]

Unexpected Journey

By | June 9th, 2016|Celebration, Motivation, Racing|

“You have too many lesions on your brain for someone your age. So basically you have MS, your life as you know it is over, so I would suggest you go home and put your affairs in order before you become incapacitated. Oh and this silly sport stuff you do, well you will never do [...]