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 [...]


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 [...]

2013 LTA Head of the Charles Project

By | May 14th, 2013|Charity, Friends, MS, Racing, Training|

I thought that I had better write something about the next interesting challenge that I am undertaking.  Mind you this is after I have competed in Canada at the Para-Cycling World Cup and the Para-Cycling World Championships at the end of August. A few months ago I was contacted by Barbara Ramjan, a rowing coach at [...]

The Pilbara – A Fascinating Place to Visit

By | May 4th, 2013|Friends, Motivation, Speaking|

Months ago a friend of mine Kellie had called me from Port Hedland in Western Australia, known as The Pilbara and asked me if I would be willing to come and be a mentor for a program she wanted to start up.  I've known Kellie for a number of years through our swim squad at the [...]

Australian National Para-Cycling Road Championships

By | April 23rd, 2013|Friends, Motivation, Racing|

Well this past weekend was one of beautiful sunshine, gusting wind and happy cyclists!  This year, my third National Championships, were held around the lovely town of Echuca in country Victoria which shares the boarder river with the town of Moama, New South Wales.  In fact my friend and fellow competitor Hannah MacDougall and I [...]


By | April 9th, 2013|BLOG, Friends, Motivation|

Our beliefs help shape our identities, but do some of these beliefs hold us back?  Recently I have been trying to help a friend come to terms with the here and now of a diagnosis of a chronic illness and it really got me to thinking about my own beliefs.  I have had people ask me why [...]