Knocked Down But Not Out

Knocked Down But Not Out

I went into this winter campaign knowing there’d be challenges. This whole campaign was born from the challenge of getting reselected into the senior team. But, I never expected the intensity and quantity of the challenges that have risen. Largely injury related, my coach put it most accurately when he said, “If you were livestock, they’d have put you down a long time ago.”

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The New Goal

The New Goal

The end the recent summer campaign didn’t quite align with my grand vision leading in. The feeling of not getting selected for the first international tour group was one of disappointment and emptiness. Now, a month on, I find myself in a reinvigorated environment with fresh prospectives and renewed motivation. This belief in my training and direction has me excited about the possibilities of the coming months.  

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New Year, new opportunities!

New Year, new opportunities!

 I feel like C-3P0 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know that this human like droid has somehow ended up with another droid’s arm. Rest assured, I have all my original parts, all the same colour (with the exception of some stark tan lines), but with the surgeon having played ‘operation’ with my knee...

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Did I Really Do That?

So I did my stint under the knife. Dr Steve McChesney sliced and diced me and I walked away, literally walked away, minus one ganglion cyst and a sliver of my left fibular bone. My memory of pre-op is pretty vivid but post-op, however, is a bit hazy, which might not be such a bad thing...

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Down but far from out

Down but far from out

So, I’ve agreed to let someone stick me with a knife on Wednesday. That’s not something you hear every day is it? Well, we can all take comfort in knowing, it will be in a hospital and that this someone has a lot of skill and experience stabbing people. 

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What Follows the Fall?

What Follows the Fall?

It’s been two months since Adam and I raced at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and I’ve had plenty of time to digest and reflect. I knew it was important to me, but it became even more apparent in the moments following the final. Adam and I were heading down the to the finish line to do as much cheering as our lungs would allow for the NZ crews who were still yet to race, when I saw my mother… Game over. Tears began to stream down my face and there was nothing I could do to stop them. 

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I've never been one for the easy road

I've never been one for the easy road

To sum up the last couple months: disappointment, frustration, reflection, eureka, acceptance, change, patience and hunger....

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Not long now

Not long now

Only 3 weeks until the first day of heats at the 2015 New Zealand National Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel and the feeling is good. I had my Christmas break without sustaining an injury or losing form, I sat my 2km erg test and finally set a new personal best, our squad has been put through its hardest week of training, and I still managed to produce some decent performances at the regatta just past. 

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Getting my blog on

Getting my blog on

For the last four years I have been keeping family, friends and sponsors updated on my rowing endeavors through updates/newsletters sent via E-mail. Now I have this website I might as well make use of it and the start of a new year seems a good time to start.

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