Australia Day Honours

By | January 28th, 2014|BLOG, Celebration, Charity, Family, Friends, MS|

A few months ago I received a letter from the Secretary of the  Order of Australia on behalf of the Governor-General to inform me that I was being considered for the award of the Member of the Order of Austrlaia in the General Division within the Australian Honours System.  This would mean that I would [...]

Rider Safety

By | December 29th, 2013|BLOG, Family, Friends, Motivation, Training|

In the last week it has hit me really hard about safety while we are cycling.  In the last 24 hours there has been one cyclist killed in Tasmania, a young female rider hit a parked car at Safety Beach and yesterday 2 men in their 20's decided it would be fun to drive along Beach Road [...]

St.Kilda Cycling Club’s Women’s Weekend

By | November 22nd, 2013|BLOG, Friends, Training|

Last weekend I attended my first social/riding experience with SKCC (St. Kilda Cycling Club).  I had switched clubs in August because I had been riding with a number of the women on a regular basis and it was much closer to my home.  But because I have been away so much for the last few [...]

Home

By | October 5th, 2013|BLOG, Family, Friends, Motivation|

After my short, busy time in Toronto visiting with family and friends I started to think about the word "Home". On one hand I was saying that I was 'home' while visiting and then on the other hand I was heading 'home', to Australia. So what really is home? I have heard it said that [...]

First Week of Holidays

By | September 11th, 2013|BLOG, Family, Friends|

I can't believe how fast my time at home is going. But in saying that I have jam packed things in that I need to do in two weeks. Retrospectively I probably should have stayed a bit longer as it is really hard to catch up with everyone. Home base has been with my mom [...]

Gratitude

By | July 29th, 2013|Charity, Friends, Motivation|

Wikipedia says that "Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive."  Well yesterday I certainly was grateful to friends, acquaintances, even people I did not know and very appreciative of the Northcote Social Club for their generous donation. The Northcote Social [...]

Choices, Challenges and Outcomes

By | July 21st, 2013|Charity, Family, Friends, Speaking|

What choices did you make today?  We all makes choices in our lives on a daily if not hourly basis and most of those choices then challenge us to either do the right or wrong thing which will ultimately affect outcomes of our lives. This weekend I made a number of choices, one of those [...]

Training for The Head of The Charles

By | July 10th, 2013|Charity, Friends, Motivation, Training|

For the last 5 months I have been travelling to Sydney once a month to train with some fantastic people in a coxed 4 boat.  We will be the first ever Australian Para Rowing crew to head over to Boston in October to contest the Head of The Charles Regatta.  This Regatta is billed as [...]

Life is Too Short

By | July 3rd, 2013|Friends, Motivation|

Yesterday I went  to the funeral of an amazing woman who I rowed with.  I didn't know Louise that well but she was the kind of woman who never had a cross word to say about anyone and she always had a smile on her face.  She was a very outgoing and bright person and [...]

Bunch Riding

By | June 8th, 2013|Friends, Motivation, Training|

I seem to be enjoying my cycling much more lately and I put it all down to the couple of bunch rides that I have hooked on to.  When I first started riding my trike farther than just commuting, I did it all on my own.  I certainly didn't feel that I was fast enough [...]