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 [...]

Sydney International Rowing Regatta

By | March 27th, 2013|Friends, Motivation, Racing|

About a year ago when I found out that the 1st Rowing World Cup was going to be held in conjuction with our National Rowing Championships and Schools Championships I thought "Wow wouldn't it be interesting to be rowing in Sydney during that!"  It was the first time ever that a World Cup has been held in [...]

Daily Video’s from the Red Ride

By | March 9th, 2013|BLOG, Charity, Family, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

Our fearless leader Bade, who not only put the course together and rode it each day with us even though he had a very bad crash in December and probably shouldn't have done the amount that he actually did, spent each night, once we had stopped riding, putting a video together of the day.  I am [...]

Red Ride Day 7 – Yarra Glen (Chateau Yering) to Melbourne

By | March 9th, 2013|BLOG, Charity, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

It was quite a day this last day of the ride.  It seemed at the beginning of the week that we were about to undertake a mamoth challenge and now here we were on the 7th day wondering where the days had gone!  I don't know about the other riders but I for one couldn't [...]

Red Ride Day 6 – Mansfield (Pinnacle Valley) to Yarra Glen (Chateau Yering)

By | March 6th, 2013|Charity, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

Wow what a truly magnificent day!  Today was a rest day for me, so I sat in the lead vehicle all day, but the scenery was amazing!  We left the Pinnacle Valley Resort and headed back through Mansfield on our way to Yarra Glen and the Chateau Yering.  We had decided to leave earlier than [...]

Red Ride Day 3 – Bendigo to Shepparton

By | March 3rd, 2013|Charity, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

Yesterday after we had all had our BBQ, massages, swims and rests (at least some of us didn't head to a pub!) we all headed  into the city of Bendigo for a Thai dinner.  When we arrived it was obviously a good place as it was very full and also had people lined up for [...]

Red Ride Day 1 – Torquay to Ballarat

By | March 1st, 2013|Charity, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

Today was the first day of the challenge of just over 1000km for our group of riders.  But to send them off in style we rode to Torquay College where the children were all in their stadium waiting for us, 900 of them with teachers and some parents as well.  It was fantastic to have these [...]

A Weekend of WOW’s

By | February 27th, 2013|Charity, Friends, Motivation, MS|

I have finally come up for air after a huge weekend, only to be heading off tomorrow to assist with the MS Celebrity Red Ride.  So definitely no rest for the wicked! First WOW The weekend started off last Friday at 10am for me, setting up the Fitzroy Pool for the 13th 24 Hour Mega [...]