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 ability.

Saying goodbye to family and staff at Hotel Faro

Saying goodbye to family and staff at Hotel Faro

4 years ago after having won a gold medal in the Mixed T1-T2 category I didn’t know if I would have the opportunity to try and do it again. But since then I have learnt that it really isn’t about the outcome it is about the process. It is about becoming the best rider that I can possibly be. I have spent the last 4 years going through and trying to perfect my racing and I am a different rider now because I have worked on my weaknesses while also building on my strengths. I haven’t been able to do this on my own, it has taken a whole team of which I am very grateful for.

I am really excited to be heading into the village and catching up with the rest of the Australian team. We are all united in one ideal and that is to have the best race, jump, throw, hit or game possible. Myself and every athlete on the Australian Paralympic team are extremely proud to wear the ‘Green and Gold’. I just hope that the Australian public is proud of us knowing that we have done our best whether we bring home a medal or not.

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  1. Lyn Stacker 10/09/2016 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Hey Carol,
    Right on. It is all about the process. I cannot imagine anyone not being unbelievably proud of you and what you have achieved and the same goes for the entire team. I was able to watch some of the magic moments last night. Incredible. All the very best to you and the team

    • CarolC 13/09/2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lyn, I am with an incredible number of athletes here and everyone has done their best!!!

      • Lyn Stacker 15/09/2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

        Hey Carol’
        Congratulations on your gold medal. I just watched your interview. You are truly amazing and inspiring. Such a great story. All he very best of luck for the Road Race tomorrow.
        You are a champion person & a champion athlete.
        Cheers Lyn

  2. Tina 10/09/2016 at 2:21 am - Reply

    Proud of who you are. As an athlete. As a friend. And as a human being. x

    • CarolC 13/09/2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Tina!

  3. Stella Parissis 10/09/2016 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Well done Carol, on all the hard work that you have put in. You go into Rio prepared and ready to do your very best…..always!
    You are an amazing person with such a zest for life. You deserve all the success these games may bring. Good luck in Rio! Enjoy the journey Cookie!!! You are a champ 🏆
    Your Chiro, Stella xxx

    • CarolC 13/09/2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Stella!

  4. Rosie 10/09/2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    More than proud sweetheart.
    Honored to be your friend and to have had the joy of watching your journey. Rewards come in many forms. Trust yourself out there. You have done the hard work & I am sure more rewards will come your way. Go get ’em xx

    • CarolC 13/09/2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie!

  5. Elaine Crowle 15/09/2016 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Woo Hoo! . Hearty congratulations for a great result in Rio from the Parents Victoria team.

    • CarolC 23/09/2016 at 1:48 am - Reply

      Thanks Elaine!

  6. Joycelyn 15/09/2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Congratulations Carol you have worked so hard. Enjoy your gold!!

  7. Lyn Stacker 18/09/2016 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Hey Carol, another incredible effort and a wonderful interview. You moved more than one person to tears. So glad that you finally had a race plan. Enjoy all that you have achieved and don’t get slugged for excess baggage!!!!

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