This blog posting has been a month in coming! Life has been a bit busy of lately and I have just been able to sit down to put some thoughts down about the year that has been and the one that has just started.
After 2012 I didn’t think I could possibly top winning Gold at the Paralympics. But there was always one thought niggling in the back of my mind and that was that my main competitor Marie Eve from Canada didn’t race in London. If she had would I have come back with the gold medal? I know that I shouldn’t think that way but it was always just sitting there back in the recesses of my mind. So 2013 was important that I should go out and prove to myself that I did in fact deserve to win that title. I was able to come away from the World Cup in Matane and the World Championships in Baie Comeau with 4 wins from 4 races and to me this was more satisfying to know that yes I was the best in the World. No I’m not competitive at all!!!!! I was then name the Australian Female ParaCyclist of the Year, so to me this had to top 2012.
My last foray into International rowing came with a wonderful crew of Nell Duly, Kate Murdoch, Steve Knott and Pete Siri and we were able to come away with a win at the Head of the Charles, a race that had always been on my bucket list. We also had two emergency rowers with us Sara Waitzer and Nickolai Olding. along with a team of organisers, coach and supporters Anne Craig, Barbara Ramjan, Lindsay Callahan, Andrea Knott and so many others who were there to support us. It was quite a way to bow out of rowing…with an international row and a win and I just hope that this is a stepping stone for the other rowers to continue on. I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better way to leave!