New Year – New Season

Christmas is one of the best times of the year and I love being able to celebrate what has been (all the good and even the bad) each year with the entire family.

The Fam

Enjoying Christmas with the Fam

Catching up with the extended family and cousins back in ‘The Gong’ (Wollongong) was a great day.  Lots of food, but for me, not too much cheer – I left that to the others.

With New Year celebrations all over, it’s back to business and the training is gradually stepping up in preparation for the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast in February.  Before then though, a couple of warm up meets for a qualifier or two for the Commonwealth Games.

Jessica & Nathan

Keeping me on the track here with ‘The Doc’


It’s only the beginning of the year, but one of the highlights so far was no doubt meeting one of the greats of Australian athletics, and the world for that matter.  Last Friday I had the grateful honour of meeting legendary Marlene Mathews at the official unveiling of her bronze sculpture, along with that of another Australian legend, Betty Cuthbert, at the forecourt of Allianz Stadium.  This also coincided with the visit of the Queen’s Baton which is on its way to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Marlene represented Australia between 1950 to 1961. Marlene established six world records in her career and competed at two Olympic Games, two British Empire Games, and a Centenary Games. She won two gold medals and a silver at the British Empire Games (Commonwealth Games).

Jessica & Marlene

Thank you for the honour !



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