2014 Roundup – Bring on 2015!!
What a crazy year. In 2013 I made my international debut in Malaysia, next thing its 2014 and I’m in Dubai at the World Championships!!!
My performance in Dubai made me the number 7 ranked Para-Powerlifter in the world and granted me a spot on the Australian Commonwealth Games team.
The Comm Games was an incredible experience – I came so close to medaling, missing out on the bronze due to a technical error on my final lift.
A week after getting back from Glasgow I competed in the IPF Australian Bench Press Championships against able-bodied competitors, lifted seamlessly and won my class.
Finally in November I traveled to Brisbane for the IPC Australian titles and won my class for the 3rd consecutive year.
Oh yeah, and I trained my arse off week in week out…
Never missed a session (unless I was really, truly way sicker than usual)…
and made sure I ate properly – Every… Single… Day!!
Most memorable moment of the year? Taking part in the Opening Ceremony at the Commonwealth Games. The enormity of the event was overwhelming.
Life as an athlete feels pretty normal day to day. I don’t do amazing things every day, I do normal things. When you make it to these huge events it’s really a shock to the system. It’s hard to understand the connection – how can the daily grind of training somehow bring about the cheering and adulation of 40,000 spectators?
With all the success its hard to stay grounded – and I am blessed to have the support of my family and sponsors to make all of this possible.
2014 was full of challenges, difficulties, failures and successes – and I’m only too happy to get into more of the same this year!