Road to Rio 2016
It’s been some time since my last international appearance on the stage, but the wait is almost over.
This April I’ll be travelling to Mexico City to compete in the Americas Open IPC Championships (26-29th April) with the goal of improving my world ranking. I need to make the top 6 to qualify for Rio.
IPC has a website up at http://www.paralympic.org/mexico-city-2015/about with more updates sure to come closer to the competition. Hopefully there will be a live video feed to tune in to.
Since the sport is no longer funded in Australia I face increased challenges. Obviously I must fund-raise to attend these Paralympic Qualifying events, currently I am running a campaign you can check out here: http://www.gofundme.com/dzxreo
Another challenge – in Mexico I will be the only Australian representative.
No funding for athletes = obviously no funding for support/volunteers.
I am not about to travel solo and compete by myself though – I am enlisting my husband to come and fill the role of … well, everything… except lift the bar on stage 😉 Hope he likes carrying stuff, providing food and giving massages!
The flights and accommodation are all booked, and I’m feeling super pumped up about everything. My training is on track and I’m feeling strong.
I’ve learned some tough lessons about how strict IPC Powerlifting is judged. I’ve made it a point every single damn time I get on the bench to refine my technique – I hope it pays off! I only have a few chances to qualify for the Paralympics – Mexico, Hungary (November), and possibly Malaysia in early 2016.
I will have to make huge improvements to qualify for Rio. It is certainly possible, but failing that, my next goal will be to medal at the next Commonwealth Games on home soil at the Gold Coast in 2018 http://www.gc2018.com/
I know I will achieve great success in the future and having international competition experience is critical.
A final word – I couldn’t possibly hope to travel this path without the help and encouragement of a lot of people – family, friends, and my sponsors.
Dineamic is my major sponsor – they have been so supportive and helped me before I had even competed internationally. The look on peoples faces at the gym when I’m eating this delicious food is priceless – jealousy is wonderful 🙂
Loaded Lifting have been fantastic satisfying all my equipment needs with their top quality products.
A big thank you to my newest sponsor Next Generation Supplements who have welcomed me with open arms – arms full of delicious protein.
Lastly, my acquired family’s gym Body World, for without them I would not have started. Mind you I would probably be financially better off but… that’s love for you.
Look out Mexico here we come!!!