Sunday, August 28, 2011
My dream for the last 4 years has been focused on the Paralympics, albeit I thought in a different sport, but that dream has never wavered. When one door closes we are always told that another one will open, you just have to look for it. Well the door to cycling has opened very quickly and I have had a number of wonderful people helping me to do the very best that I can possibly do. So I would just like to thank those who have believed and helped me to this point:
Russ, my husband, has probably been my biggest supporter. Without Russ I would have a hard time putting all the time and effort into training. He has never once said “Stop” or “Why are you doing this”, he just lets me do what I feel I have to do.
The Victorian Institute of Sport – all the staff have been so supportive and excited about my change of sport and without the support of Crooksy, my physical preparation coach in the gym over the last 4 years I would definitely not be where I am right now.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Most people who know me know that one of the most important things in my life is the 24 Hour Mega Swim. An event I started 11 years ago at the Fitzroy Pool in Melbourne. It was to raise money (just for that year) for the Go For Gold Scholarships, a program run by the MS Society of Victoria (as they were known then). These scholarships go to people living with MS to follow a dream.
On August the 14th this year I had the privilege of handing out $80,000 to people living with MS so that they can follow their dreams! This was just the Victorian winners and this is what all the hard work during the year is about.
There were so many different dreams; Prue who wants to start an online business and help employ others with MS, Clara an amazing cellist who because of her MS needs to modify how she plays, Paula, Kate and Catherine who want to create gardens at their homes to give them a special place to relax and unwind, Byron who wants to take his wife on the trip of a life time to thank her for all the caring she has done for him over the years, Ingrid who is a world class animator and wants the whole world to see her work, Anne who has just completed her first short film script and now wants to film it, Muna who wants to see her mother after 7 years because they were separated when fleeing from Zimbabwe, George who wants to create a studio where he can write, record and produce his own music and Bronwyn, now bed ridden who wants to see her only daughter get married. These dreams are what make it all worthwhile!
So thank you to all the swimmers, volunteers and community groups who have helped make these dreams come true. You have unequivocally “Paid it Forward”, your unselfishness in taking the time to swim, cook, volunteer and raise money has made this all happen. You are all my very own heroes!!!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I am still finding it hard to believe that I am now 3 days past 50! My brain honestly still thinks I am in my 20’s, my body definitely knows that I am not! But who am I to argue with my brain.
My birthday celebrations seemed to have carried on for just over a week, starting with a lunch at Guy Grossi’s Florentino’s in Melbourne with my friend Peaches. It was a lovely lunch that went for just over 3 hours. Then off to the Ballet at the State Theatre on Tuesday night with another friend Justine. It was actually for both of our birthdays. Margo (my aussie mom) came to the city Wednesday and we went for lunch with friends Laurie and Kristy on Thursday! Then the big night Friday!