I did have my friends Deb and Vic visiting and we had headed down to Queenscliff and I love shopping there as I always tend to find something. This trip was no different, Deb and I headed out and I found a beautiful dress that could be worn for 'Black Tie' (dressed up) or just as a party dress (dressed down). But the fact that there were a number of functions I figured I needed more than just the one dress, so it was a call for help that I put out to my friend Kirsty! I went "shopping" in her closet and came home with a number of dresses and a hat!
|Paralympian Of the Year Awards|
On the 8th of November I headed up to Sydney for the Paralympian of the Year Awards. It was a fantastic night to catch up with all my teammates from London, with everyone dressed up, it was interesting to see people without their training gear on! I had a great time catching up with the cyclists and to make the night even more special our head coach Peter Day was named as Coach of the Year!
It was a wonderful night with a number of our cyclists nominated for awards. Simone Kennedy for Junior Paralympian of the Year, Felicity Johnson for Female Paralympian of the Year and Kieran Modra won the Presidents Medal which just shows how strong our cycling team was at these Paralympic Games.
|National Welcome Home Day|
I did make it to lunch with Camilla and thought I would be with a cast of hundreds, but I wasn't! There were about 30 women there, 3 other paralympians (all swimmers) and the 4 of us had a great chat with her about London, Brands Hatch where I raced and then she held my medal and pictures were taken. (Unfortunately I am still trying to track down the photo!)
|Cyclist of the Year Awards|
I came home on Saturday, the following day, to have a well earned rest, although that didn't last long as I was back training on Sunday.
|Starry Starry Night Gala Ball|
My life upon coming home has been an amazing journey, one that I have enthusiastically embraced because of the positive opportunities they have offered! I have also been lucky to have a very supportive husband and some amazing friends who have travelled some of this journey with me. As it is now coming up to the holiday season I am sure that the social life won't stop any time soon, but I will be picking up the training intensity over the next couple of weeks leading into a camp the first week of December with my coach. At least that week I know there will be only one thing on my mind...riding!