With our “Mob” watching our flag bearer Curt McGrath carry our flag in!
But getting to these games has been a team effort and these 2 medals are their’s as well (although I won’t be giving them away!). A huge thank you to my husband Russ for his love, support and letting me go and be away for weeks at a time. Thank you to all the riders who have spent time on the bike with me helping me train- St. Kilda Cycling Club riders, Breez riders, Kim and Clare, you will all never know how much you have helped me and I will never be able to thank you enough.
Thank you to my coaches Rebecca Dicello, who has pushed me and made me realise that nothing is impossible on the trike, Nick Owen for all his persistence in Italy with tactics and sprinting, Ben Willey for helping me get stronger in the gym and head coach Peter Day who has helped pull everything together!
Thank you to the Victorian Institute of Sport for all the support in the medical area and Kylie in the nutritional area.
Thank you to Jesse and Alex at Bikebar in Melbourne for taking my trikes to a new level! Redesigning the backend of my TT trike so that it only weighed in at 12kg! Thank you to the mechanics on the team Dan (in Italy), Will (Italy/Rio) and Mikey (Rio), you guys are awesome! Thanks also to Eliza and Lia who looked after my body with massage and physio in Italy and Rio and also Berthy who constantly amazes me by knowing what I need before I do!!
Thanks also to my sponsors for helping make a dream come true. Liv Australia for your constant support in supplying me with bikes every year, She Science for your support (no pun intended), High 5 Australia for the nutritional support and Westpac for coming in during the last couple of months.
I would like to thank the Australian public, the Australian Paralympic Committee and the Australian Sports Commission for helping to get me to Rio. Without the support of all of you this would have never happened.
Lastly to my teammates not only in cycling but the entire Paralympic Team, you are an awesome ‘Mob’ and I am very proud to be able to say I am part of your amazing family.
So where to now…a bit of time off, a visit with my mom (she’s coming to Australia!) then some more riding and racing. I was asked in an interview about Tokyo in 2020…just a bit too far away, so I’ll take it a year at a time…but who knows!